Monday, December 31, 2012

Dear President Obama

You are a corrupt, gutless worm.

 I don't think I need to explain.

Green Eagle

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

The last this year, I hope.  I don't think they have enough stupid in them to pile up a whole column full of jackass comments between now and Tuesday.  Time was, I could produce one of these posts every day, but the right has become so stuck in its same stupid lies that it has gotten harder and harder to find things that are both idiotic and hilarious.  Well, here we go:

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "A Failure to Communicate: The GOP’s Public Relations Debacle"

A failure to communicate, Roger?  No, the problem you guys have is success at communicating.  Your stupid choice of a Presidential candidate showed Americans exactly what you have to offer the country.  That's why you lost.  And until you figure that out, you are screwed.  Of course, it's a good thing for the rest of us, so keep lying to yourselves, please.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "NRA Chief: Why Can’t You See That Armed School Guards Is a Good Idea?"

Maybe because it's a really, really bad idea? 

There are about a hundred thousand elementary schools in the country.  Let's say it takes two armed guards at a time at each, and you need two shifts to cover them.  That's 400,000 armed guards.  Funny, the people who just can't find the money for more teachers are  thrilled to spend our taxes hiring four hundred thousand idiots with assault rifles to "protect" our children.

Byron York, Town Hall:  "Anxiety Rises As Americans Face Start of Obamacare"

Anxiety among whom, I am not really sure.  Maybe insurance executives, who are afraid that the American people will finally figure out that the Federal government administers health insurance programs with one tenth the overhead of private plans.  Late in this piece, Byron quotes Scott Rasmussen: 

"There hasn't been any trend," says pollster Scott Rasmussen. "From the beginning, well before the law was passed, public opinion has been remarkably stable"

A true right winger- Byron knows before he even starts writing his column that its premise is totally wrong, but is so confident in the stupidity of his readers that he tells them so to their faces, without a thought that they might be offended by being openly lied to.  And  I guess he's right.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in England. When classes let out for the last two weeks of December, I traveled to Morocco, where something life-changing occurred."

You were abducted and replaced by a malfunctioning robot?  That would certainly explain a lot.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history."

Yeah, but that was before the day that my family got DirectTV and was able to ditch Time Warner Cable.

Bad literary analysis of the decade (and boy, there's some competition for this award:)

Jerry Bowyer, Town Hall:  "What was Dickens really doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Answer: He was weighing in on one of the central economic debates of his time, the one that raged between Thomas Malthus and one of the disciples of Adam Smith."

Right, Jerry.  And Alice in Wonderland is about the need for ordinary people to own assault rifles.  And Peter Rabbit is about the evils of Communism.

Now, the most pathetic argument for the existence of God that I have heard in years:

Matt Barber, Renew America:  "It's Christmas Eve day. As you stand before the bubbled display case, you gaze, mouth watering, upon the vibrant collection of baked delicacies. You covet the sugar-varnished delights. You admire the skill and creativity behind each work of culinary art, carefully prepared to please both eye and palate.

"What a gifted baker," you say under your breath.

"There is no baker," declares the young man in line behind you. "That carrot cake is simply the undirected, material manifestation of random events occurring over time. Mere chance."

That's atheism. Everything from nothing. Zero times zero equals the whole shebang."

A perfect argument for the nonexistence of God is that, if he did exist, he would have already have swept idiots like Matt into some lake of fire or something.  I mean, we have all heard that life is a veil of tears, but no one ever said that life is a veil of choking ourselves to death laughing at the willful stupidity of wingnuts.

Now, some reporting from another planet:

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Liberals Panic As They Lose the Gun Narrative...Gun banners, you lost the President, the senators, the social media, and now you’ve lost liberal LA mommies. You’ve lost everything. Again." 

Right.  Mostly, what we lost were the lives of 26 people.  That, however, was too insignificant for Kurt to mention.  Well, maybe money and viciousness will triumph reason and decency once again, but I wouldn't crow about it if I were you, Kurt.  I'd hang my head in shame.  But then, I am not a conscienceless tool like you are.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Aetna CEO: Obamacare Could Double Insurance Premiums"

Well, how about this, then, Kevin- if companies like Aetna try to carry through on their threats, we will just enact a single payer system and put all of those greedy bastards out of business.  I'm done thinking about what's good for Aetna, the Koch brothers, Wall Street thieves like Mitt Romney.  It's time to think about what would be good for ourselves for once.  So, try it on, Mr. Aetna CEO, and see what happens.

Susan Brown, Town Hall:  "Will 2013 Be the Year We Slow the Moral Decline?... we've allowed liberals to distort our founders' intentions concerning the separation of church and state. Consequently, prayer and most other references to God have been banned from the public square; yet they see no plausible correlation to those actions and recent mass shootings."

That's because they are not ignorant suckers, Susan.  If you want American moral decline, why not think about the two to four million civilians murdered by our government in Vietnam, or the million more murdered in Iraq, both in the course of criminal wars of aggression that should have resulted in war crimes tribunals for our leaders?  Show appropriate remorse over that, and then maybe we will believe that you are doing anything but crying crocodile tears over prayer in the schools.

Paul Jacobsen, American Thinker:  "The NRA president's solution to school massacres won't work, but for a reason that will make gun control advocates apoplectic -- namely, it doesn't go far enough."

Right on, brother!  We need machine gun weilding robots roaming the halls.  We need armed drones in the air over elementary schools, constantly ready to spray the area with gunfire.  We need to hire tens of thousands of ex-East German concentration camp guards to search out and "interrogate" anyone near a school that they think is suspicious.  That'll solve the problem, and if it doesn't, how about "shoot to kill" orders?  I mean, you can't make an omelette without riddling a few children's bodies with bullets, right?

Johnny Alamo, American Thinker:  "The Cost of Living in a Free Society"

Some rational restrictions on our right to own military equipment?  No, the cost of living in a "free society" is dead elementary school kids.  Tough fucking luck for them, as long as we can own an AR15 or a Barrett sniper rifle.

Fred Hutchison, Renew America:  "Intelligent design vs. gay marriage"

No.  No, no, no!  You're not tricking me into reading that one.

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "John Kerry’s Quest to Communize Central America...Say what you want about Senator John Kerry, nobody ever called him lazy. He landed in Congress and immediately rolled up his sleeves and spat on his hands. The Nicaraguan people must end up like the Cuban and Vietnamese! Toward this end the man was tireless. The vision inspired him to such a staggering work load, energized him to such a frantic pace, and propelled him to such legislative feats, that his colleagues -- even the pinkest -- gaped in envy and awe."

Translation:  Senator Kerry thought it was a good idea to let the people in Central America pick their own governments, rather than have their country overrun by a pack of right wing, drug dealing dictators financed by the Reagan administration.  Of course, Republicans screamed that letting the people of Nicaragua have their choice would result in short order in Communism destroying the world.  Actually, after a couple of terms, they voted the Sandinistas out of office, and since then, although the Sandinistas have continued in political life there, the apocalypse never came.  This, of course, is a far worse outcome than having their country ruled by a vicious criminal gang.  Democracy=Communism, and don't you forget it, buddy.  As professional Cuba-hater Humberto expresses it:

"In fact Nicaragua was then being Stalinized, with Fidel Castro’s help: wholsesale theft of private property, murder, exile and mass-jailings of anti-Communists opponents."

Humberto correctly assumes that no one but us remaining radicals from the era will remember that every single thing he says is a lie.  But of course, he's not speaking to us, he's speaking to the "low information voters" out there; i.e. people who know nothing about the world and care less- they're too busy thinking about how wonderful their lives will be when rich people don't have to pay taxes.  Otherwise known as the Republican base.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Michelle Malkin Talks Gun Confiscation"

She should be talking brain confiscation, since every sign indicates that she has personal experience of that.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Setting the Record Straight: Adam Lanza did use the Bushmaster AR-15...The media did a horrible job getting its facts and figures straight during and after the tragedy in Connecticut"

That's what is important to Erick (rhymes with prick.)  Well listen, Erick, there is only one fact that needs to be gotten straight about Adam Lanza:  20 children and six adults.  Who gives a flying fuck about exactly which assault rifle Lanza used?  Really, how much of a pig are you?  On second thought, don't answer that question.  We don't want to know.

Steven Stone, Renew America:  "One of the most instructive things about the life of Christ is that He could have, at any time, opted out of His mission to save the world from sin, had He been primarily concerned with His own comfort and safety..."

Yeah, but he would have made his dad really angry.  Dad had decided that Jesus was going into the family business whether he liked it or not, and in their family, what dad says goes.

Ken Blackwell, Town Hall:  "The editorial staff of the Washington Post, surely meant well. They wanted readers to think that Sen. John Kerry’s vast experience in foreign policy over four decades equips him to serve as Secretary of State in the second Obama administration."

But of course, vast experience doesn't equip him to be the Secretary of State.  As Colin Powell and Condi Rice proved, only being a lying tool of warmongers equips someone to be Secretary of State.   I won't bore you with Ken's idiocy, beyond repeating this interesting comment:

"Pakistan? Only two percent of Pakistani citizens pay taxes, NPR tells us, but now Americans will face tax hikes in part so we can continue lavishing money on a country that hates us."

Only two percent of Pakistani citizens pay taxes?  And Pakistan has prayer in the schools and no rules about what kind of guns you can own.   Plus, they hate the U.S. governmant.  The place sounds like a Republican paradise!

Things you never knew: Here's a comment at World Net Daily from someone named Dee Dunbar:

"did you know Holder was probably the supplier of explosives to McVeigh? "

And George Soros supplied weapons to Genghis Khan.  Now of course:

Well, what else can you expect?

And now, from Newsmax, this sage observation:

"(Allen) West also lashed out at Democrats who say Obama received an electoral mandate to raise taxes.  “I’m not such an idiotic person where I’m going to follow someone off into the abyss,” West told Fox. "

Well, don't worry, Allen.  In a few days you will be an ex-congressman, so you won't have to follow anyone anywhere.  Except back home.  Bye now.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Grt Ready for the Below the Belt Punch

So, after acting like total jackasses for the last year and a half, the House Republicans are returning to town, and having a party caucus (no Democrats invited, of course) thirty hours before the financial cliff hits.  How is this being described in the mainstream press?  Well, let's try the AP for a sample:

"GOP willing to bend on issues after election...For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file alike are signaling a willingness to bend on all three issues."

And how's that working out for them?

"Boehner's attempt to get his own members on board with a deficit-reduction plan that would raise taxes on incomes of more than $1 million failed last week, exposing the reluctance of many in the Republican caucus to entertain more moderate fiscal positions."

In other words, a few sentences from Republicans means more to the AP than the endless obstruction on all three of these issues that has prevented a shred of real progress on any of them.  The mainstream press will latch onto any excuse, no matter how flimsy, to avoid dealing with the Republican sabotage of the country that goes on every single day.

Here is what I predict is going to happen about the budget:  Tomorrow, the last day before going off the fiscal cliff, the Republicans are going to present a proposal which has been specifically designed to contain so many poison pills and so many giveaways to the ultra rich that it is utterly unacceptable to any Democrat, or for that matter, to any rational human being.  The press is then going to produce an avalanche of disingenuous reporting, praising the Republicans to the skies for being so reasonable and bipartisan.  Then, the Republicans and the Press are going to link arms and spend the next two years pretending that it was the Democrats that refused to compromise; all in an effort to duplicate the election of 2010, where endless Republican lies managed to convince too many people that it was the Democrats who crashed the economy, the Democrats who threaten Social Security and Medicare, the Democrats who piled up our gigantic budget deficits.

Things have changed since 2010.  But, have they changed enough?  I guess we'll see.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Biggest Lie of Campaign 2012

No, it's not "you didn't build that."  It's not the story that Jeep is moving to China.  It's not even that Obama is a Kenyan.  Here it is:

Mitt's Son Says He Never Wanted to be President Anyway...At least, that's what Tagg Romney says in this new Boston Globe report on what went wrong with Romney's campaign. While the rest of the piece seems to say the problems lay in the Romney campaign's lack of technical advantage, and refusal to introduce the world to Mitt Romney, the human being, this little morsel from the Republican's son points to a larger problem:

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside."

He spent the best part of a decade incessantly campaigning for the office.  He spent tens of millions of his own money.  But he didn't want the job.  He wanted it less than anyone his son ever met, probably including Seamus the dog, who wanted to be President far more than Romney.  Man, these people will lie about anything. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best Wishes

Once again, Green Eagle brings you his best wishes for the holiday season:
Well, let's just be thankful that we won't have the Cthulhu of greed, Mitt Romney, running things for the next four years.  That's enough to start anyone's holiday off on a happy note.  After that, you're on your own, buddy.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

About That Second Amendment

As I troll through right wing websites, few things irritate me more than the constant raving by every Conservative, from deranged bloggers to the leaders of the Republican party, about the Constitution and how they are the only people in the country with any respect for it.  This jingoistic nonsense is inevitably paired with a total misrepresentation of what the Constitution really says, or what the founding fathers meant when they put it down on paper.  Partly this is wilful lying to get their way, and partly just ignorant parroting of whatever idiocy some other right winger has said, but it is inevitably a very distressing phenomenon, and never more so than when they spout their distortions about the second amendment.  I want to make an effort to find out what the second amendment is really about.

First of all, let us remember the text:

"A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed..."

Now, I think it is important to understand a little of the context for the inclusion of this amendment.  In England, for many centuries before the American revolution, the right to own handguns was largely limited to the upper classes.  This was justified by the claim that the large landowners also owned the game on their land, and that guns would largely be used for poaching (the idea of some lunatic slaughtering a bunch of first graders never even occurred to them, in what was a much simpler time.)  Here is a statement to this effect by a man by the name of St George Tucker, who was a Federal judge and associate of Thomas Jefferson:

"In England, the people have been disarmed, generally, under the specious pretext of preserving the game: a never failing lure to bring over the landed aristocracy to support any measure, under that mask, though calculated for very different purposes. True it is, their bill of rights seems at first view to counteract this policy: but the right of bearing arms is confined to protestants, and the words suitable to their condition and degree, have been interpreted to authorise the prohibition of keeping a gun or other engine for the destruction of game, to any farmer, or inferior tradesman, or other person not qualified to kill game. So that not one man in five hundred can keep a gun in his house without being subject to a penalty."

In England, being banned from owning guns was felt by many to be a mark of inferiority, which the new American government, in its zeal to wipe out the privileges of the aristocracy, wanted to prevent.  This is the real motivation for the second amendment; it is virtually totally ignored by the crusaders for "gun rights."

Now, let me move on to dispel some of the patently false claims made by right wingers about the second amendment.  Much of what I am going to cite here comes from Federalist Paper 29, in which Alexander Hamilton explains the rationale for the second amendment. It is short, and I suggest that you read it if you have any fear that I am misrepresenting its contents.

First, and most importantly, Hamilton explains exactly what is meant by the term "well regulated," and who is to do the regulating:

 "It requires no skill in the science of war to discern that uniformity in the organization and discipline of the militia would be attended with the most beneficial effects, whenever they were called into service for the public defense... This desirable uniformity can only be accomplished by confiding the regulation of the militia to the direction of the national authority. It is, therefore, with the most evident propriety, that the plan of the convention proposes to empower the Union "to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States...

If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defense of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security...If the federal government can command the aid of the militia in those emergencies which call for the military arm in support of the civil magistrate, it can the better dispense with the employment of a different kind of force."

It is the Federal government which is given the task of regulating the militia.  That pretty well leaves out the likes of this guy, a leader in the Arizona militia movement whose main accomplishment consisted in gunning down his own family:

or this one, whose main accomplishment probably consisted in remaining in a vertical position in his chair:

Or this bunch of subhumans, whose preparation for war against the government was so laughable that the Feds just walked away and forgot about the whole thing:

 So, sorry, militia guys, border "guards," and "Patriots" everywhere, owning guns and tramping around in the woods in camo gear pretending you are at war does not make you a "well regulated militia."

Of course, the stipulation that the militia be regulated by the Federal government pretty well destroys the argument that militias exist to protect us from the Federal government:

"What reasonable cause of apprehension can be inferred from a power in the Union to prescribe regulations for the militia, and to command its services when necessary, while the particular States are to have the sole and exclusive appointment of the officers? 

...In times of insurrection, or invasion, it would be natural and proper that the militia of a neighboring State should be marched into another, to resist a common enemy, or to guard the republic against the violence of faction or sedition. This was frequently the case, in respect to the first object, in the course of the late war; and this mutual succor is, indeed, a principal end of our political association. If the power of affording it be placed under the direction of the Union, there will be no danger of a supine and listless inattention to the dangers of a neighbor, till its near approach had superadded the incitements of self-preservation to the too feeble impulses of duty and sympathy."  

The militias, regulated by the Federal government, were intended to protect us against insurrection or invasion- the very thing that the alleged militia movement is constantly yearning for.

Now, another argument to be heard on the right is that all Americans should be armed, and that everyone is part of the "militia."  I'm not sure if this is intended merely to increase gun sales, or if it is just one more right wing lunacy, but it clearly doesn't come from the founding fathers:

"...the scheme of disciplining the whole nation must be abandoned as mischievous or impracticable; yet it is a matter of the utmost importance that a well-digested plan should, as soon as possible, be adopted for the proper establishment of the militia. The attention of the government ought particularly to be directed to the formation of a select corps of moderate extent, upon such principles as will really fit them for service in case of need."

Again note that it is the job of the Federal government to select the members of the militia, which is to be a "select corps," not a collection of whatever jackasses can afford a gun and a suit of camo gear.

Now, one final Hamilton quote, from Federalist paper 28:

"When will the time arrive that the federal government can raise and maintain an army capable of erecting a despotism over the great body of the people of an immense empire, who are in a situation, through the medium of their State governments, to take measures for their own defense, with all the celerity, regularity, and system of independent nations? The apprehension may be considered as a disease, for which there can be found no cure in the resources of argument and reasoning."

Well, many of us may very well feel that, two centuries later, the Federal government has indeed reached that point; however, it is clear that the founding fathers regarded the whole notion that militias existed to protect us against the Federal Government as a "disease," as unbelievable as bombs that could destroy whole cities, or guns that shoot dozens of rounds a minute.  

Hamilton continues:

"In reading many of the publications against the Constitution, a man is apt to imagine that he is perusing some ill-written tale or romance, which instead of natural and agreeable images, exhibits to the mind nothing but frightful and distorted shapes --

"Gorgons, hydras, and chimeras dire";

discoloring and disfiguring whatever it represents, and transforming everything it touches into a monster...

Are suppositions of this sort the sober admonitions of discerning patriots to a discerning people? Or are they the inflammatory ravings of incendiaries or distempered enthusiasts?"

Well, things haven't changed that much, huh?

Of course, given that their whole argument for the existence of unregulated, uncontrolled "militias" is easily refuted by anyone who cares to look at the most pertinent and readily available source of information about the intent of the founding fathers, it will not surprise you to hear that Conservative writing about this subject is filled with numerous grossly distorted or simply made up "quotations" from the founding fathers.  Here are two common examples (this time from the Council of Conservative Citizens, but they can be found all over the wingnut world) of invented remarks:

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington"

“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson"

I repeat: there is not one shred of evidence that Washington or Jefferson ever said any of this. I could give you many more examples of this sort of thing, but I am sure you get the point.

Well, there you go.  From Antonin Scalia down to the likes of Jim Hoft and Sher Zieve, the right peddles a massive lie about the second amendment.  As usual, they care nothing about the Constitution and the people who wrote it.  They only care about what they want, and their "patriotism" does not extend to showing a shred of respect for what this country is really about.

An addendum:  Here is a most interesting article from Daily Kos  discussing the history of the passage of the second amendment, titled "The Second Amendment Has Nothing to Do with Gun Ownership."  It reveals even more clearly the fraudulent basis of the entire NRA-Republican nonsense about guns.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is dedicated to Carlos R. Romero:

"OCALA - Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional.

Carlos R. Romero, 32, declared last week that he wanted to take his case to trial. He is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle."

What can you say?  Now, on to people who make Carlos R. Romero look rational:

First, the Winner of the World Champion Frenetic Overwriting Award of 2012:

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "There's a sun-drenched, basking lizard quality to John Lennon's siren song of peace that corresponds to a deep longing experienced by all human beings, though not all are willing to admit it. It has the rich, fresh-baked aroma of home, touched no doubt by the subtle but pervasive memory of the time when the warmth of our mother's womb was our all-embracing universe. Safe and secure, one subsists in an effortless dream, with all the give and take of life, all of its primordial labors of self-possession already done, even the breath of life itself."

Man is this one guy who has no future as a music critic.  Not unless he can slay the basking lizard of his own wilful stupidity.

Now, here's an interesting perspective:

Daren Jonescu, American Thinker:  "The progressive seeks to nationalize the slave industry. This is the literal meaning of his demands for confiscatory tax rates"

Taxing the rich- literally the same thing as slavery.  Listen, this mind-numbingly long article was way too stupid for me to bother you with the details.  Just focus on the idea that rich people are slaves if they have to pay their share.  Then go bang your head into a wall or something.  Take my word for it- that will be less painful than having to read the rest of Daren's article.

More bad writing from American "Thinker:"

Jay Haug, American Thinker:  "Why We Lost: The Big Picture...Though John F. Kennedy's oft-quoted dictum that "victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan" still holds true, it appears the orphans are having a national convention asking themselves, "Who's your daddy?"

Really, Jay shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a word processor without adult supervision.

And now, the winner in the "Right Wingers Can't Take Responsibility for Anything" grand championship:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  " Bikers Turn Out to Protect Newtown Mourners From Left-Wing Westboro Cult"

Left wing.  Yes sir.  As Green Eagle has pointed out over and over again for years now, right wingers are congenitally incapable of taking responsibility for the consequences of anything they do.  It is one of their most defining characteristics.  A war of aggression built on lies, favoritism for the rich that causes depressions, filling the country with 27 million guns, destroying the climate in order to enrich oil companies...even Hitler.  None of it is their fault.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "In 2013, January 20, the constitutionally mandated date for the swearing in of a president, falls on a Sunday. I'm not exactly sure why (it's tradition) but the actual cerermony is set to be held on Monday, January 21 where Chief Justice Roberts will administer a second, symbolic oath to Obama. The Obama administration is contemplating making the "official" swearing in a private affair....Maybe Obama wants it private because he wants to be sworn in using the Koran. Perhaps he's changed the oath, taking out "faithfully" ("execute the office") and that last bit about preserving the Constitution."

The Koran.  What the fuck is the matter with these people?

And a few of the comments on this idiocy:

"He's making up his own oath just like he's made up his own U.S. Constitution."

"Or, more scarily, because he wants to force the Chief Justice to swear him in as the "dictator in chief".

"I think you may be on to something...There would be no way to verify whether he took an oath "in private".

"Last time, he botched the public oath and then took it again, "in private".... $5 says it was done on purpose so the oath could be taken with the koran in private."

"He knows he's an illegal alien usurper and if he really doesn't take the oath then he can finagle with that IF they come for him. He will have a prepared excuse to escape the death penalty."

"I think it will be only maybe 6 months or less before he (obama) appears in public in muslim "garb".Any one wish to make a small wager on this?????"

Yeah, Green Eagle will make a wager.  How about $10,000.00?  That's a nice Republican number.  So, get back to me real soon. As for the rest of the comments, really, they are too stupid to be worth a reply.

Breitbart News:  "Paradise Lost: CA to Provide Free Cell Phones for Homeless"

Yeah, you tell yourself that.  Tomorrow Morning, the sun will still be shining on the palm trees out here, while you are trudging through the snow to your dead end job in your dead end town where no one wants to be.  Keep telling yourself that we ruined everything by giving a few cell phones to homeless people.  Honestly, we like you to think that way, because the more you live on your hatred and lies, the less likely you are to show up here some day.  Have a nice life.

Chuck Norris, Town Hall:  "The art of jiujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe we can further choke the life out of Obamacare by using this martial art technique. Let me explain."

No thanks, Chuck.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Matt Damon Caught Red Handed With Anti-Fracking Hypocrisy "

Oh my God in heaven above, how will we ever survive?  Even if it were true, which of course it's not.  Man, if this Katie  is any sign, the next generation of Conservative writers are going to be even more stupid, and even bigger liars, that the ones we're saddled with now.

Hot Air:  "Video: Union members tear down AFP tent at right-to-work rally in Michigan"

This story is floating around among the wingnuts lately.  Of course, only part of the video "shows" this.  The rest of the photo shows that the wingnuts collapsed their own tent and blamed it on Union "thugs."  Really, we don't call people thugs for collapsing a tent.  We call them idiotic assholes.  Particularly when it's their own tent.

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:  "Is President Obama Listening?"

Not to you.

Rebecca Taylor, Life News:  "If the proponents of embryonic stem cell research were served human embryos as a delicacy, or human caviar, would they partake? If not, why not? Because of a natural aversion to cannibalism? Does that not concede the point made by the Catholic Church?"

Eating human embryos does not have the potential of saving millions of people from suffering and death, Rebecca.  You know, by your logic, we should ban cancer surgery because no one eats tumors.  And by the way, no one except you seems to be talking about eating human embyros.  Maybe you are expressing a desire which you posess.  Think about it.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "If anyone had read any of the many books that have examined President Obama's life and his many questionable qualifications for office, including a Social Security number that appears to have been purloined from someone else, he should not be allowed to take the oath of office for a second time...Here are just some of the books I have received and read over the first four years of his disastrous first term:
The Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi
Where's the Birth Certificate? By Jerome Corsi
Deconstructing Obama by Jack Cashill
The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution
And Build an Imperial Presidency by Ken Blackwell & Ken Klukowski
The Post-American Presidency by Pamela Geller with Robert Spencer
The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama's War on American values by Brad O'Leary
The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama by Paul Kengor
The Manchurian Candidate by Aaron Klein
An American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama by Seth A. Forman

If only one half or one quarter of the facts cited in these books were true, Obama has no legal right to be President and is committed to an ideology that seeks to undermine capitalism."

Well, luckily for us, Alan, none of the facts cited in these books are true.  So, stuff it.

F. Michael Maloof, World Net Daily:  "Ray gun feared as America's biggest threat"

And they wonder over there at World Net Daily why no one takes them seriously.

Walter H. Hudson, Pajamas Media:  "Why You Should Take the 2012 Apocalypse Seriously-The world may not end, but our way of life is certainly under threat."

If you look at the fine print on that Mayan Calendar, you will see quite clearly an inscription that says "cut Social Security or be struck with a gigantic ball of flame."  It's right after the part that says "unfunded wars- an idea whose time has come, or at least will come in 2002."

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "What the Looming Port Strike Is Really About...It's not about jobs. It's not about safety. It's not about improving dockworkers' living standards. The looming, long-planned East and Gulf Coast port strikes are about protecting Big Labor's archaic work practices and corrupt waterfront rackets."

Watching old Marlon Brando movies again, Michelle?

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Why God Created the GOP "

God created the GOP?  Who knew?  and now- SPOILER!- God created the GOP to cut taxes!  That's right, that was what he was thinking of when he "created" the GOP!  Which God this is, Pat doesn't say.  Maybe Baal, because it sure doesn't sound like the God Pat claims to believe in.

Neil McCabe, Human Events:  "LaPierre: NRA moves forward with a program to protect children"

Protecting children by posting armed guards at every school in the country.  And when maniacs start shooting missiles at schools, maybe we could have Patriot missile batteries at every school.  And twenty foot tall fences topped with razor wire, with a hundred thousand volts or so running through them.  And cannons and tanks.  Anything to avoid cutting into gun sales.

Neil McCabe, Human Events:  "Hate speech could spark violence against gun owners"

Right.  It "could" spark violence against gun owners.  That is the nation's number one concern.  The real violence against first graders perpetrated by gun owners?  Well, that's just the cost of our FREEDOM!  After all, the tree of liberty has to be fertilized with the blood of first graders, you know.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "LIBERTY IS the way to safety"

LIBERTY to own an assault rifle- the way to your own safety.  The safety of others?  Not so much, but then, who cares about them, right?

Ack! Enough already!  Bye for now.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Worst Negotiator in the World

So, President Obama has decided to use the nation's (undoubtedly fruitless) fixation on the latest mass murder as cover to capitulate completely and utterly to the  corrupt demands of the Republicans that the rich be given a huge reward for ruining the economy, and that the rest of us must pay the price.

One would think that the most dimwitted of negotiators would have noticed by now, after having been suckered by the Republicans over and over again, that if you start by offering an implacable enemy half of what he wants, he is only going to ask for more over and over again, and hold you hostage until you end up with nothing and he ends up with virtually everything he wants, while still denouncing you as an inflexible maniac who is preventing them from getting even more, which would have totally fixed things. 

Obama has done this over and over again.  The result is that Republicans continue to sabotage the economy at every single step, while getting away with blaming Democrats for all of the disasters Republican economic cant has caused.

At this point, it must be obvious to the least observant  that rewarding the rich for their disastrous behavior results in nothing but digging our national hole even deeper, and leaving the Republicans with an even larger deficit to scream about (when Democrats are in control, of course.  Deficits, as Dick Cheney openly remarked, mean nothing when Republicans are running things.) 

What no one in Washington wants to talk about (least of all Obama) is the gross unfairness of allowing a very small cadre of very rich people to plunder the economy into a depression, and then demanding that everyone else pay the price.  Equally important is the obvious fact that, until these people are made to bear the price of their misconduct, they will never change.  It is time that hedge fund managers, insurance executives, oil company CEO's and the rest of them be treated as the monstrous criminals they are, along with the corrupt politicians that have given a gloss of legality to their behavior.  Asking the rest of us to pick up the tab until these people have been squeezed dry of every penny of their stolen wealth, is an injustice which reduces political figures to the level of Quisling or Petain, mere collaborators with this evil.  And from what I am hearing today, Obama has pretty much joined our very own Vichy government.

Monday, December 17, 2012

News Stories That Just Don't Make Us Feel All That Sad

From that unspeakable twerp, Katie Pavlich, at Town Hall:

"Civility: NRA Leaders and Members Getting Death Threats...Are you a member of the National Rifle Assocation? If so, you might want to keep your head down. Unhinged liberals are calling for NRA President David Keene and NRA members to be shot...The NRA has zero resposibility for the horrific tragedy in Connecticut last week."

Oh, the poor dears!  Katie is apparently of the opinion that we should feel much worse for these poor people, who must live in fear of being attacked with the weapons they fought their entire lives to put into the hands of crazy people, than we do for, say, a certain 20 children I can think of.  Those children were merely collateral damage in the fight to preserve our FREEDOM! and we must accept their slaughter as a fair price to pay for the right of gun manufacturers to sell anything to anyone they can find.  The NRA, on the other hand did nothing but exercise their God-given right to see to it that the nation is filled with weapons capable of doing things like this, within easy reach of any lunatic who can be driven by scum like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to think that the death of children is the answer to their frustrations.

Here's Katie.  In true Fox News tradition, Town Hall has made this 23 year old their "news editor," in spite of the fact that she is an ignorant and hate-filled cracker with nothing on earth going for her other than being moderately attractive.

I am not going to bother you with the endless piggish comments on this "news item."  You could predict them all perfectly.  All I can say is, keep thinking like this, Conservatives.  It is your quickest route to political oblivion. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

The End?

As usual, Paul Krugman earns what will predictably be an extra-large helping of abuse from the right, by the unforgivable act of telling the truth:

"...what we’re having is a political crisis, born of the fact that one of our two great political parties has reached the end of a 30-year road. The modern Republican Party’s grand, radical agenda lies in ruins...and it retains enough power to do immense damage as it strikes out in frustration.

Since the 1970s, the Republican Party has fallen increasingly under the influence of radical ideologues, whose goal is nothing less than the elimination of...the whole legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society.

From the beginning, however, these ideologues have had a big problem: The programs they want to kill are very popular...important in conservative thinking, however, was the notion that the G.O.P. could exploit other sources of strength — white resentment, working-class dislike of social change, tough talk on national security — to build overwhelming political dominance, at which point the dismantling of the welfare state could proceed freely.

Our best hope is that business interests will use their influence to limit the damage. But the odds are that the next few years will be very, very ugly."

And if you want to see what that ugliness is likely to look like, you need only check out what is happening in Michigan, where Republicans control both houses of the legislature, and also have the governorship.

In the recent election, Michigan Republicans ran on a very moderate platform, but now, everything has changed.  A bill designed to destroy unions was passed in a day and promptly signed into law by the governor- a bill written not by a legislator but by a Koch Brothers financed organization, and passed with Koch Brothers' threats to primary any Republican legislator who voted against it (none did, of course.)   A bill was passed to eliminate the personal property tax.  Radical bills designed to make abortion unavailable, and to increase "gun rights" were rammed through. 

And that is not by any means the end of this cynicism.  Those unfamiliar with Michigan politics may be unaware that the State gave itself the right a couple of years ago to seize the governments of cities it did not like, and replace them with State appointed "administrators," thus utterly disenfranchising their voters. (Do I even need to point out that the cities subjected to this were all majority-black?) Well, the people of the State of Michigan revoked that right, through an initiative, a few months ago.  So, the Republicans in the legislature, and the governor, conspired to pass a new bill reinstating this seizure of power- and this time, they added a financing provision to it, because financing bills cannot be undone by the initiative process.

Now, finally, the legislature today, knowing what they have unleashed, passed a bill making it vastly more difficult to recall elected officials.

This is dictatorship.  There is no other word for it.  And it comes with the violent repression of protesters which is such an inevitable feature of dictatorships. 

Republicans know that they can no longer hope to win elections in this country if they rely on the democratic process.  Like injured wolves, their answer is going to be to turn violent.  Democrats, get ready, because like Krugman, I believe very few of us have contemplated how ugly this is likely to get.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Sentiments Exactly

No minced words here, from BrooklynBadBoy at Daily Kos:

"I think it is time to bring this silly business to a head. We can't keep running government like this, from crisis to crisis. It is time to break the Republican Party and fracture it for the rest of President Obama's term. If Boehner gets overthrown and we get someone worse, so be it. We need to either break this party or just go ahead and shut down the government and default. I prefer the former.

The President cannot continue to allow these manufactured events to dominate because the opposition is run by crazy people. If they want to default, fine. One way or the other, this madness has to end."

Perfectly said.  The only exception I would make to this is that we need to fracture the Republican party for a lot longer than the next four years.  They are an evil disease, eating away at our country, and after their recent defeat it is already clear that they are never going to change, except for the worse.  Out with them- it's the only answer.

The Stupid...It Burns

Here's what it is this time:

"Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents say the severity of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy is evidence the world is coming to an end, as predicted by the Bible... nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of white evangelical Protestants say they think the storms are evidence of the "end times"

God, free us from these asses.

The Austerity Con- A Little History

From a very interesting article at Slate, by David Weigel, here is a little history of the austerity craze, and its number one leader, Peter Peterson.  It focuses on the Concord Coalition, an advocacy group formed by Peterson and two Senators in 1992:

"For 20 years, a coalition of wealthy people—Pete Peterson chief among them—has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build public support for austerity...

 The modern era of anti-deficit pressure campaigns began in 1992...In Facing Up, a 1993 Concord Coalition manifesto, Peterson argued for raising the full-retirement age to 67, for an “affluence test” to make the wealthy pay more for Medicare, for higher Medicare premiums, and for more taxes on benefits. He argued for a bunch of programs that Democrats would like, too, but honed in on entitlements because, clearly, there could be no future if they survived intact. “The Clinton plan doesn’t come close to balancing the budget, even in the near term,” wrote Peterson. “Inevitably, Clinton’s deficit path will mean a much larger public debt.

Five years later, Clinton was presiding over a balanced budget and a smaller public debt."

But did the fact that their dire predictions turned out to be utterly false cause them to reconsider their obsession with deficits and cutting "entitlements?"  Of course not:

"The professional deficit hawks responded by switching up their messaging—instead of an immediate fix to a current crisis, they wanted a fix to a looming crisis. The permanent class of austerity campaigners evolved..."

And the reason has been obvious all along (although apparently not to the idiots in the mainstream press.)  These people do not give a damn about the deficit.  What they do care about is taking everything they can away from ordinary people, and then using the money to give more tax breaks to the rich. 

Every one of them is a part of a gigantic extortion racket, with no other goal than to enrich themselves and their fellows at our expense.  And until people accept the fact that these people are nothing but criminals on a gigantic level, we are never going to be able to escape from their grip, which is rapidly squeezing the life out of this country.  Like the right wing cant that the wealthy are the "job creators" who cannot be burdened by being asked to pay their share, that tax cuts magically increase government revenue, and all the rest of it, their claims about deficits are nothing but self-serving lies, given credibility by being endlessly parroted by the supposedly wise members of our pathetic press corps.  And thus, the government moves on, with a series of "bipartisan agreements" which must balance crumbs thrown at the real problems with massive giveaways to the people who are responsible for causing the damage in the first place.  When things go well for them, they want to be absolved from contributing to our mutual welfare, and when they screw up, they expect the rest of us to suffer to pay off their debts.  And so far, it's worked out pretty well for them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's Too Late- They're Gone

What I am about to say is utterly useless in a country so corrupt that half the population has been convinced that global warming doesn't exist, and half the politicians have been bought off by corporations to ignore the inevitable, but that never stopped Green Eagle before, so here I go:

The jobs are not coming back. 

Sure, if the country would adopt a realistic trade policy, penalizing places that rely on near slave labor and which ignore the most rudimentary environmental concerns, we can bring some manufacturing jobs back from third world countries.  But due to technological advances and increased productivity, a lot of our jobs have been lost forever.

This has been obviously coming, I believe, for decades, and yet as usual, right wing opposition has prevented any sort of meaningful response.  I remember twenty or thirty years ago when people insisted that computerization would generate more jobs than it eliminated.  I never understood how anyone could believe such an irrational thing.  Why would companies go to the trouble and expense of changing the way they did things, if the result was more employees and greater costs?  Well, the truth is, there are never going to be enough full time jobs in this country any more to go around.  It is way past time that we begin to deal with this fact.

Here is what I believe must be done if we are going to cope with this situation:

First of all, rather than raising the retirement age, it must be lowered.  The insanity of forcing older people to work longer, and thereby depriving younger people of a chance at their jobs, when unemployment is so unacceptable, is hard to believe; and yet that is exactly what is being crammed down our throats every day by the Very Serious People in Washington.  The only answer to this is not to raise, but to lower the Social Security age to 60 or 62.

Second, wages must be significantly raised.  There was a time in this country when a family could live decently on the earnings of one full time worker.  That time has been gone for decades, because the rich have seized more and more of the wealth produced by our work.  Here is a graph showing this:
I would add, as an aside, that this phenomenon occurred once before in our country- during the 1920s- and was a significant factor in precipitating the 1929 stock market collapse.

This process must be reversed, if for no other reason than the fact that it will allow more people to exist with fewer jobs.  It will also increase the amount of money coming in to the Social Security trust fund, paying for lowering the retirement age. I suspect that there is no other way to accomplish this, other than a return of strong unions, willing to fight for workers.  It is certain that this is never going to be accomplished by waiting for rich people to suddenly develop consciences, so workers are going to have to forcibly take back their fair share of the nation's wealth.

Finally, here is a proposal I have been predicting will be necessary, for thirty years now.  The country must move toward a four day work week; and not four ten hour days, but four eight hour days.  I believe this should be achieved in stages, as follows:  First, the country will expand the number of three day weekends to one per month; then after five years, this will be further expanded to one every other week; finally in another five years, the four day work week will become standard.  It is long past time that this country move away from its deification of meaningless "productive" work that, in the end is intended to do nothing but enrich the top income bracket.  Besides generating a lot more jobs, this proposal will allow the country to turn aside from the endless struggle to merely survive that life has largely become, except for the very rich.

Unfortunately, the rich own the government now.  That is why not one single person has been made to pay for the damage Wall Street greed did to our country during the Bush administration, and why all of the Very Smart People insist that everyone else pick up the tab by having the benefits they paid for all their working lives slashed.  And that is why there seems to be no chance that things will change until savage and useless pain is inflicted on ordinary people.  Even now, it appears that Obama is preparing to fritter away his electoral victory by capitulating to sadistic Republican attacks on all of us who do not have the wherewithal to make multimillion dollar campaign contributions.

The things I proposed above would do a lot to make life more decent for the vast majority of Americans, but as that does not appear to be what our government exists for, I'm not holding my breath.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is dedicated to CNN contributor and all around jerk Erick Erickson, who featured this e-mail on his website Red State today:

A right winger getting something like that from a left winger is headline news.  Any reader of Wingnut Wrapup knows I can fill this column up with stuff like that from the right every single day of the year, and have hundreds more just like them left over.  Well, just go on with your phony outrage, Erick, while you do everything you can to incite the same hatred in your readers.  Look back to November 6th and see where it's getting you.

Allen West, in an NPR interview:  "My father served in World War II, my brother in Vietnam. My nephew currently serves. And you're going to call me a war criminal? I don't think that's a proper thing to bring up"

Aah, I see.  You tortured captives and were forced out of the military, but you are not a war criminal because your father was once in the Army.  Right, that makes sense.  Man, am I glad this guy is out of Congress.

John Ransome, Town Hall:  "The study I pointed to said that the ice is melting at a slower rate- and the ice melt is accelerating at a slower rate- than previously estimated. The next day a different report reaches a conclusion that the ice sheet is melting faster than previously thought. What I’m saying is that the first thing you guys need to do to push the Big Lie is at least get the lie straight."

You might be right about that, John.  After all, getting paid to push the big lie is what you do, so I guess you know how to do it.  But what if scientists aren't pushing the "big lie."  What if they are just reporting on the evidence they have found and trying to figure out what it means?  I bet you never thought of that possibility.  After all, there's no money to be made out of telling the truth.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Boehner on Obama Tax Plan: "You Can't Be Serious"

Oh yes he can.  And, while we're on the subject, could there ever be a more perfect statement of Republican values than this:

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Democrats poised to raise taxes… on their own voters... there’s a lot of blue there. If we call the Democrats’ bluff and they refuse to stop tax hikes from coming through next month, then there’s going to be one heck of a headache throughout Blue America...In short: the Democrats may be bluffing. And they may not be bluffing. Either way, it’s no skin off of my nose if the Democrats want to gut-shoot their own core geographic constituency. In fact, I consider it to be something of a teachable moment."

Yeah, a teachable moment.  And here's the lesson:  One party in this country is backed by people who don't give a damn about anyone but themselves, and who scream about patriotism, until it comes to expending a penny to see to it that our country continues to thrive.  And the members of that same party can't even imagine in their worst nightmares that anyone in the country might actually want to pay their share.  They are positive that being American means you can be bought off with a tax cut. 

And now for a little denial:

Paul Murphy, American Thinker:  "Who elected Obama?  Nationally, Obama won the popular vote by 4,452,910 -- but because 4,516,701 of those came from California and New York, Romney and the GOP can reasonably argue that he won the rest of the country by just about 64,000 votes... Basically, the reality of this election is that Romney/Ryan won an overwhelming majority among those who pursue the American dream -- and those people need representation, not compromise."

Voters in New York and California aren't really human beings, and don't pursue the American dream, so actually, ROMNEY WON NA NA NA NA!!!!!!!!  Man, keep up this kind of thinking, so Republicans can win again in 2016.  And here is a late addition to Paul's article:

"I believe it's time to start work on a new Constitution. What say you, friends?"

Great idea, Paul.  How about doing it in a new country?  We're pretty happy with the Constitution we have.

And what would a Wingnut Wrapup be without a little climate idiocy?

Warren Beatty, American Thinker:  "If global warmists are correct, then the global population will die out until a warming equilibrium is reached. If they are incorrect, then we have nothing about which to worry. Either way, nature wins in the end."

Good point there, Warren!  Either the human race will die out or it won't, so what's the point of doing anything about it?  Who cares which outcome we face?  Who cares about whether our grandchildren live or die?  All that really counts is seeing that the government doesn't have the nerve to expect WE THE PEOPLE to pay to stop it.  That really would be an atrocity.

And now, the continuing story of "Desperate for a Scandal"

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "ObamaCare Increases Medical Costs...For Your Pets"
                                               Any excuse to publish a picture of a Corgi in a Link costume.

The tragedy.  My prediction- this story will not get as much airplay as Benghazigate.  That's only because not even wingnuts think they can drum up an impeachment frenzy over an extra fifty cents on your dog's next checkup.

People who Can't Take a Joke:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Insane: Liberals Contemplate $1 Trillion Platinum Coin to "Solve" Debt Limit Issue"

You know what, Guy?  That plan actually has more detail than anything you guys have offered.  And it isn't even serious.

"Nil Desperandum," Faith & Heritage:  "Christian Ethics and Interracial Marriage, Part 3: Important Distinctions...In the previous post I began to unfold an argument which contends that those who see miscegenation as morally permissible will eventually permit sodomy..."

Whoops- I think we've read enough of that one already.  In case you wondered:

"About Nil Desperandum:  Nil Desperandum is currently a college student in Ohio. His interests include theology, philosophy, and the application of biblical law to society."

Isn't that nice.  Listen, Nil, maybe you should wait until you graduate before shooting your mouth off.  This is the internet age, and you can never escape from your stupidity any more.  I blame Mr. and Mrs. Desperandum for naming this guy Nil.  This kind of lunacy just isn't handed out any more to people with normal names.

David Limbaugh, Human Events:  "Boehner must sprint to the national microphone and tell the American people that Obama is being unreasonable, reckless and uncompromising."

What the hell do you think he has been doing, David?  The problem is not that he isn't blaming Obama for everything- the problem is that no one believes him because...well, because he is a liar about everything, and everyone knows it.  A liar- just like you and your slobbering brother.

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Why do some atheists embarrass themselves year after year trying to eradicate Christmas from American culture? Why do they make themselves societal hemorrhoids during this hallowed season?  I believe...—and I could be wrong—that the reason some rage against the machine is that they hate God and love their sin."

You COULD be wrong, Dougie?  This from The Guy Who Never Told The Truth About Anything Ever.  First of all, of course, the vast majority of Atheists don't give a damn if someone else wants to celebrate a pagan holiday tarted up with a myth about the birth of Jesus.  And second, why in hell would anyone listen to this low-life lying scum about anything, without immediately assuming that, whatever he says, the exact opposite is true?   Wingnuts deliberately pay these people to write articles  because they are an affront to common decency.  They have convinced themselves that anything which offends liberals has to be virtuous, so they wrap their arms around worms like Doug Giles and pretend they are doing God's work.  What a miserable bunch of people.

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "Is Barack Obama 'Lord and Savior' for liberals and black believers?"

No, he's not, Kevin.  He's the President of the United States.  Can't deal with that, can you?  Now, go back to sleep.  No?  Oh well then, just keep digging your hole deeper:

"It was President Ronald Reagan who saw and warned against the escalation of American liberalized abandonment of God and Christ"

Reagan?  God in heaven above, Kevin, who cares?  Really.

Judie Brown, Renew America:  "The truth is that contraception has become the cornerstone of culture decay — a decline that never had to occur if only Catholics in particular had paid attention to a prophet by the name of Pope Paul VI. He warned us more than 40 years ago in his profound encyclical, Humanae Vitae: "A man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires..."

Because, before contraception was available, there is not one known case of  "A man...reducing (a woman) to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires."  No, it was the generation that spread contraception who destroyed a woman's right to work outside of the house, which shouted down equal pay for women, which denied women the right to have their health care issues treated equally to those of men...oh, wait a minute.  None of those things existed until the time that contraception came along.  Well, Judie, I guess you were just lying as usual.  Surprise, surprise.

Brent Bozell, Human Events:  "Oscar snubs this year’s most successful documentary...“2016″ made more money at the box office than the combined receipts of the 15 films the Academy put on."

In case you aren't aware, "2016" is a film about how the United States will be destroyed by Obama in another four years.  Brent, don't you know that the Academy virtually never gives awards to science fiction?

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Ray Comfort is releasing a new book and new video that offers some spiritual context to Lennon’s life and the careers of the Beatles with “The Beatles, God and the Bible”

Well, we won't be bothering to read that one, huh?

W. A. Beatty, American Thinker:  "Dems Say Social Security Doesn't Add to Deficit...It's time that Democrats stop hiding behind technicalities"

Yeah, it's time Democrats stop hiding behind "technicalities" like the fact that, as Social Security is financed totally separately from the rest of the government, it doesn't contribute a penny to the deficit.  That's the "technicality-"  the truth.  Democrats need to stop hiding behind the truth.  That is grossly unfair to Republicans, who have no truth to hide behind, and therefore it should be forbidden.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "How Democrats Can Get What They Want: Agree With Republicans"

Ha ha, that's actually what this dingbat says.  Here's his argument:

"Raising marginal income tax rates is one of the most economically harmful ways to raise taxes. (The only provisions of the tax code that are more damaging are the corporate income tax and taxes on savings and investments.)"

A total lie, of course, but all the Republicans want is more for the rich, so it's the same thing over and over again, for a hundred years now, no matter how many disasters it causes.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Obama Barreling Toward Real Fiscal Cliff...Some commentators wonder why President Obama always engages in brinksmanship. Why can't he meet Republicans halfway, like Clinton did"

Republicans from 1992 wouldn't even be able to meet today's Republicans halfway, without destroying the country.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "The incomparable Walter Russell Mead, writing in the American Interest, offered a glimpse into the coming dystopia: "Things are getting worse in San Bernardino."

Coming dystopia?  San Bernardino has been a dystopia for decades.  Hint:  it's because its population is majority Republican, and so the people vote to not pay their bills.

Cal Thomas, Town Hall:  "The opening scene-setter for the 1996 film "Independence Day" might serve as a metaphor for what Egyptians could face if a draft constitution written by a panel dominated by Islamists and based on Sharia law wins approval in a referendum."

You mean like this?  An attack by huge flying saucers?  Man, that would be horrible.  Of course, as far as I can tell from this picture, it would at least get Obama out of the White House, so a lot of wingnuts might go for it.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Judges trample the Constitution in their war on Christ"

God in heaven above, Bryan, isn't it about time that you grew up?  I mean, I know there isn't a sane person on earth who believes a thing you say, but really, don't you have any sense of shame?

Bretibart:  "Palin to GOP: 'This Won't Be Forgotten Come 2014'

What's she talking about?  I forgot.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Self Protection?

"WASHINGTON -- The House voted on Wednesday to strike the word "lunatic" from all federal laws and only one lawmaker voted against the measure: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)."

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Brain Dead

They will never change:

"PPP's first post election national poll finds that Republicans are taking the results pretty hard...

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore."

No comment needed, really.

The Two Stooges

I.e. Republicans and the press.

So, Congessman Boehner has now presented his "proposal" on the budget, pretty much summed up at Daily Kos as follows: 

"It's neither principled, nor moderate, nor a compromise. It's just more bad Republican math being passed off as a plan."

In fact, it is nothing but the same old pandering  to the ultra-rich at the expense of all of the rest of us, juiced up with the usual avalanche of feigned outrage over the fact that the President is sticking with the proposals that just won him re-election.

Well, here are a couple of mainstream media responses to this charade.  Forget the links- this kind of dishonesty doesn't deserve one any more than the fools I quote in Wingnut Wrapup:

Luke Russert, NBC News:  "GOP offers own proposal to avert 'fiscal cliff'...In a letter to President Barack Obama, House Republican leaders outlined the contours of a deal they said would achieve a net savings of $2.2 trillion. The plan, which is based on fiscal commission Democratic co-chairman Erskine Bowles’s proposal to the super committee, would achieve these savings through revenue from tax reforms, health savings and discretionary spending cuts."

As Mr. Russert knows perfectly well, despite their claims that the deal would achieve savings, everyone knows that it would achieve savings for no one except the rich, which the rest of us would be required to pay for.  And as Mr. Russert also knows perfectly well, Erskine Bowles immediately denounced this plan, and disavowed any connection between it and his own proposals.  Yet he blissfully goes on, repeating Republican propaganda which he knows to be false.

Los Angeles Times:  "Boehner makes counteroffer on 'fiscal cliff'...House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his GOP leadership team sent the White House the three-page offer Monday afternoon...Details of the proposal remain to be worked out, but Republicans suggested a two-part framework, with some of the tax-and-spending changes happening this year and the rest being made in 2013."

"Details of the proposal remain to be worked out."  Sound familiar?  Remind you of a certain losing Presidential candidate and his oh-so-serious running mate?  Everyone who is sane knows that "details of the proposal remain to be worked out" is translation for "Democrats give up on their end in return for Republican promises that will never be kept."  And yet, there goes the Los Angeles Times, repeating Republican lies without a qualm.  Hint, L.A. Times:  Lying is not journalism, even when you are repeating someone else's lies.

Atlantic Online:  "Boehner Sends Republican Fiscal-Cliff Counterproposal to Obama...House Speaker John Boehner's fiscal-cliff counteroffer on Monday boots the ball squarely back into President Obama's court."

Booting the ball back into Obama's court by offering up a patently meaningless and dishonest response to Obama's proposals.  That's right, when Republican intransigence and greed force the United States into another recession, it will be all Obama's fault.

Washington Post:  "The framework Boehner unveiled Monday serves as a counteroffer to the plan Obama put on the table last week, which was essentially a reprise of his most recent budget request...Republicans were outraged by the president’s proposal, calling it a step backward. On Monday, Boehner referred to it as the president’s “la-la-land offer.”   Instead, Boehner began last week rallying top Republicans around the Bowles framework, which was presented in November 2011 to a special deficit- reduction “supercommittee” of Congress."

Republicans were outraged by Obama proposing what he campaigned on, and what the American people voted for.  But Republican "outrage," no matter how synthetic and self-serving, must be catered to.  And once again, the Post repeats the Republican lies about Erskine Bowles, without a second thought.

I could go on to a few more of the over one million hits I got when I googled "Boehner fiscal cliff proposal," but I guess you get the idea. 

The fact is that Boehner's proposal represents nothing but one more chapter in the endless Republican quest for giveaways to the rich, the last chapter of which caused the near depression we are now in.  Every person in the mainstream media knows this perfectly well, and yet they insist on cramming Republican proposals down the American people's throats as though they are actually honest attempts to solve this country's problems.

Now to the real truth.  The near depression which still cripples our economy was caused by one thing and one thing only:  the greed of the rich, enabled by Republican deregulation and tax breaks, and secondarily by a miserable excuse for a national press, which is content to collaborate with Republicans in their dishonesty. 

The rich people to whom Republicans have sold their souls are nothing but criminals, and like any common mugger or burglar, they are not going to stop their behavior until they are punished.  What is needed desperately in this country is for the rich to be forced to pay for all of the damage they have caused, and then more on top of that.  They must be made to suffer and suffer badly.  I propose this not out of revenge, but out of self-defense. 

We are constantly propagandized in this country to believe that rich people got that way because they are smarter and harder working than the rest of us.  Sure, there are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and some others for whom this is true.  But the overwhelming majority of really rich people in this country, like Mitt Romney, are sociopathic parasites who amassed their money primarily through overwhelming greed and indifference to the damage they have caused others.  In this they are like any petty criminal, and they must be treated the same way.  If we do not make them suffer, they are never going to stop, and they are going to go on enriching themselves at the cost of trillions of dollars of damage that they are going to demand the rest of us pay back.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Responsible Governing, Republican Style

Well, here's the latest news on the (bogus) fiscal cliff negotiations and the middle class tax cut:

"Republicans are seriously considering a Doomsday Plan if fiscal cliff talks collapse entirely.  It’s quite simple:  House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more:  no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes.  Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.

Two senior Republican elected officials tell me this doomsday plan is becoming the most likely scenario."

 Intransigence- the face of the Repubican Party

Brilliant.  Here, apparently, is their strategy:  Let Obama have a huge victory with the middle class, and rather than be a part of it, make sure that Democrats can tell the country for years that they did it without a shred of Republican support.  I can't think of a thing that could make it more clear who is on which side in this country, and which party is trying to solve problems and which sees everything as nothing but an opportunity for partisan gain.

I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see that the Republican party has learned exactly nothing from the recent election.  There is no better way to insure that they pass, unlamented, into history.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Time to clear out the latest load of trash- more will be piling up any day now, and I don't want to end up on an episode of Bullshit Hoarders:

Let's just start out with this week's Dumbest Thing In A Major Newspaper:

Anne Gearan and Steven Mufson, Washington Post:  "The choice of a successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state has turned into an unexpectedly nasty political fight that could cost the White House valuable goodwill with Republicans."

Goodwill with Repubicans?  What the fuck do you think you are talking about?  They have been willing to destroy the economy for four years in order to try to wreck Obama, and in the couple of weeks since the election, they have made it perfectly clear that they intend to go on sabotaging him for the next four years.  They hate him for daring to beat them while being black, and they have licensed themselves to stoop to any contemptible conduct they can think of if it stands a chance of hurting him.  These two utter asses at the Washington Post decide that it is okay to ignore that obvious fact and collaborate in spreading right wing lies, and it's just fine with their employers at one of the most quoted newspapers in the country.  With this kind of reporting, it's a miracle that, by November 6th, most Americans didn't think Obama was some sort of monster from outer space.  Goodwill.  From Republicans.  Really, don't make me sick.

Well, on with the rest:

Daren Jonescu, American Thinker:  "Collectivists of the Washington establishment, representing both major parties, have analyzed the 2012 election results and come to a lovely conclusion: old white men are the problem. The only difference of opinion between the two factions regards how one ought to handle it.  Democrat experts declare that laughable old coots are the natural core of the Republican Party"

Well, almost right.  It's not "laughable old coots."  There really isn't that much laughable about people who are filled with hatred and greed, who spend their lives consuming and spreading malignant lies about everyone in the world who isn't just like them.  But wait, there's more:

"Old men -- whether white, black, olive, yellow, or red -- have traditionally been regarded as the sage voices in their communities with regard to matters of public policy and private virtue...they have commonly been appreciated as a steady source of common sense and moral rectitude."

Common sense and moral rectitude.  Obsessing about utterly irrelevant issues like gay marriage and evolution while they let the rich thieve the country blind with their stupid trickle down theories, and drive us into ruinous and vicious wars.  Oh yeah, common sense and moral rectitude- a perfect description of their behavior.

"So why should we listen to them?  The answer is that we should listen to those among them who, during their lifetimes, watched friends and family succumb to the dark side, but had the courage and intelligence to resist, as well as to those who once embraced the "forward"-looking project of social progress, but have since come to a reckoning about the true nature of their youthful fantasies."

Common decency toward others- nothing but a youthful fantasy- the "dark side."  So, the only people who have a right to a voice are those who "have come to a reckoning" about such childishness and are now committed to a sociopathic self-serving world view, "justified" by an unending outpouring of lies.  Well, that should make the country a better place, huh?

Hot Air:  "GOP senators: We’re “more disturbed” after meeting with Ambassador Rice than we were before"

Mentally disturbed, I presume.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "Sore Winners...Post-election season is a time for healing, for putting aside the rancor of a long campaign and rediscovering what unites us. It has not been that way this year.  Prudence, one would think, if not generosity of spirit, should impel Democrats to be magnanimous in victory. Romney did receive about 48 percent of the vote. A little modesty among the winners would seem to be in order.  Instead, the gloating has been extravagant."

"The gloating has been extravagant."  And guess what, Mona, it is going to continue, so deal with it.  We beat your corporate billions and your endless lies and your overt racism and your stoking of endless greed, and if you think we are just going to forget about the campaign of hatred you guys have run for five years against Barack Obama, you can just think again.   We're tired of being screwed by a party that only exists to serve the rich, and of people like you who get paid to sucker the rest of us out on their behalf.  You never gave a damn about our welfare, and guess what:  we've pretty well figured out that we would have to be fools to care about yours either.  So, love it or leave it, baby.  It's our turn now.  We're stuck with the task of healing all the damage that you guys and your conservative cant have done, so get out of the way, or get hit by the train.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Democratic presidential nominees went from 25 percent of the Cuban-American vote in 2000, to 29 percent in 2004, to 35 percent in 2008 to 48 percent on 2012.  We obviously have a dramatic trend here.  Now, why would that be?...No experience of evil"

No experience of evil, Dennis?  What do you mean?  We have YOU.  You and all of your fellow lying, smearing, greedy, racist, hate filled compatriots on the right.  You.  That's the evil we have to confront.  Cuban Americans live in this country now, Dennis, and they are apparently less concerned about something that happened in another country half a century ago than they are about what is happening to them right now.  Hard to comprehend that, huh?  After all, self interest is only for the rich, right?  Well, look at what I told Mona Charen above- get out of the way, or get hit by the train.  That's good advice for you too.

David Solway, PJ Media:  "(PJ Chicago editor Rick) Moran believes that there “is nothing fundamentally wrong with Americans.” One might be forgiven for wondering what planet the man has been living on."

Yeah, what planet has he been living on, where there is nothing fundamentally wrong with Americans?  Well, I'll tell you what planet he's been living on, David.  It's called Earth.  And just because Americans didn't follow your advice and elect a sociopathic rich predator to be our President, that doesn't mean they are all subhuman.   This idiot continues:

"The facts are these. The vote itself remains highly problematic, given that there were (and are) millions of illegitimate voters on the rolls — illegals, dead people, multiple voters"

Of course, with all of your efforts, David, you couldn't find a single one of them, out of 120 million votes, who actually cast an illegal ballot.  But, I mean, it just stands to reason that Obama must have cheated.  After all, he is a Democrat and he won.  There, I guess that proves that, right?

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "It's official: Obama voter fraud reason for "reelection"/growing totalitarian government"

"Official" according to whom, Sher never gets around to explaining.  Official according to Sher, I guess.  Sher makes a big deal out of the fact that Obama lost all of the States where there were laws requiring people to have a photo ID to vote- a very common theme on the right these days.  Of course, like all other wingnut complainers, Sher ignores two things:  First of all, these laws only got passed in the most right wing States, and more significantly, the whole reason they were passed was to see to it that Obama couldn't win.  Well, I guess they worked.  As usual, Sher can't provide a single actual instance of someone voting illegally.  Facts? Who needs them?

And naturally, Sher couldn't help whipping out one of the right's favorite lines:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants."

Apparently, it must also be refreshed with ample servings of stupidity and malice.

And now, how about an incisive and serious analysis of why the Republicans lost this year:

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Where the conservative media went wrong...Although Romney's position was that he was in favor of traditional marriage, he did not campaign on the issue... Romney failed to speak out in favor of traditional marriage, including in the four states with gay marriage on the ballot. In addition to Maryland, they were Minnesota, Maine, and Washington. "Had he done so," Staver said, "his numbers would've gone up and I bet the marriage polls would've gone up." Instead, he noted, Romney was a "one-note" candidate who focused almost exclusively on the economy."

Gay marriage.  If only Romney had "made" the campaign about gay marriage, he would have won!  Fuck the economy, gays are what Americans really care about!  But that's not all:

"Bombarded with messages from the Obama campaign and the Soros-funded propaganda machine, including the Super PACs Soros backed, voters found Romney's private sector experience on Wall Street and wealth more objectionable than Obama's record as a Marxist president. Of course, Romney, acting on the advice of Karl Rove, never uttered the word "Marxist" or "socialist" when talking about Obama."

No, Romney never called Obama a Marxist, which would have totally caused people to vote Republican!  Of course, Romney actually does have an extensive record as a predatory corporate vulture, and Obama has exactly no record as a Marxist, which he clearly isn't, but still, if only Romney had lied more and louder, he would have won.  Sad to say, Cliff could be right about this one.

And by the way, George Soros...these guys can be so boring.

Newsmax:  "Furchtgott-Roth: Fiscal Reform Must Avoid Tax Increases"

Furchtgott- Roth!  Well, if only I had known what Furchtgott-Roth had to say about it...This changes everything. 

Dan Short, Tea Party Nation:  "The great leap forward of this communist cell occupying the white house…and the cabinet…in the last 4 years would make Moa feel amateurish."

Moa.  Moa?  So, I thought I would Google "moa."  Well..."The moa were nine species (in six genera) of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. "  I'm not sure why Communism would make extinct birds feel amateurish.  And I certainly didn't find out by reading Dan's article, because I didn't read it.  Life is too short, and a cheap joke is all Dan deserves.

Kevin Fobbs, Tea Party Nation:  "Sarah Palin in 2016 Presidential Race is no laughing matter"

Oh yes it is.

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ at Soul Train Awards"

Oh my God in heaven above, how will we ever survive?  Laurie continues, naturally, with several hundred words along these lines:

"Obama has no achievements, no Christian experience, and is committed and backed in an organized and REAL mission of evil. If he is not the Anti-Christ, he is the precursor. He is like every other now burning-in-hell dictator.  Obama manipulates followers based on a sea of sound byte lies. Reasonable-size government turns into King Kong-size government reflecting the sick core of the dictator."

What this has to do with Soul Train I really couldn't say, other, I guess, than the fact that...well, I presume you get it.  No sense beating a dead horse here.   Never change, Conservatives.  You are so cute just the way you are.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Surreal: Obama's Fiscal Cliff Proposal Stuns Washington"

Surreal that Obama is proposing exactly what he ran for reelection on, and what the voters voted for.  Surreal that he seems to think that anyone but the extremely rich has any rights in this country.  Oh well, these are the same people who found it surreal when the polling turned out to be right.  Here's a little more from this idiot:

"At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country: A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists."

Hey, here's an idea: if we can't solve our problems by asking the rich to pay a little more, how about asking them to pay a whole lot more?  Like maybe everything to reverse the damage that their greed caused, and then a little more to see to it that they don't act that way again?  Oh no, that wouldn't be fair.  Rich people are the JOB CREATORS, and if you charge them a cent, they might just abandon their multimillion a year "jobs" and leave the rest of us to get on with our lives.  What a tragedy that would be.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "So, how about some bold, straight language from our side? How about telling the American people exactly what Obama is up to?"

Americans just got done spending a year hearing what Obama is up to, David.  That's why they reelected him.

Yossi Gestetner, American Thinker:  "Americans Spend as Much on Lotteries as on Afghan War"

Yeah, but with the lotteries, at least we have one chance in ten million of winning.

And let's just finish off by looking at how Tea Party Nation is constructively responding to Obama's victory:

Paul Szemanczky, Tea Party Nation:  "Obama's 2nd Term: Transcendent Hitlerism"

You read that right.  I am not even going to bother you with the turgid and incomprehensible argument for his contention that Obama is even more Hitlerish than Hitler.  It makes as little sense as anything I've ever read from these guys.  I just can't wait to reach a bipartisan compromise with people like Paul.