Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Republicans Respond

Well, here are some excerpts from today's Republican response to the Supreme Court's decision about Obamacare this week, delivered by some jackass Republican Congressman who claims he is a doctor.  It's just about as idiotic and malicious as you would expect:

“The President and his allies in Congress are going to try to convince the public that the Supreme Court just gave the health care law a seal of approval."

Whereas, in upholding it, the Supreme Court actually rejected it out of hand, I guess.  If the Supreme Court had really approved it, they would have done cartwheels on the lawn and screamed "whoopee," the traditional way the Supreme Court has always used to indicate that it is upholding a piece of legislation.

“The President’s health care law hires more IRS agents to investigate you and to make sure you buy insurance—but it fails to deal with the shortage of nurses and doctors to actually take care of you."

Then vote more Federal money to do that, if it is an actual problem- I never heard one of you guys complain about this being missing from the law until today.

“He promised lower health care costs, but they keep going up."

Of course, most of the law hasn't gone into effect yet, but no Republican can be bothered to mention that this is largely the product of their own obstruction.

“He promised the law would create jobs, but the Congressional Budget Office projects that 800,000 fewer people will have jobs because of this law."

What, eight hundred thousand less insurance "adjusters" working all day to deny us health care?  Man, that would be a shame, wouldn't it?  By the way, this claim is an out and out lie, first made up by Michelle Bachmann.  The CBO never said any such thing, even though Republicans feel free to repeat it with great regularity.

“Even after the Supreme Court ruling was announced, the President said that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it."

And of course you can.  Didn't notice that, did you, Mr. Republican.  Or didn't think your ignorant, outraged base will notice it.

“Mr. President, because of your law, many Americans have already lost the health insurance that they had and they liked."

Another straight out lie, but who is counting?  Oh wait, Green Eagle is.  That's five or six so far.

“By forcing expensive new health care mandates through Congress, he’s made it harder for Americans to find good jobs and provide for their families. "

 Huh? How did he do that?  And since when did you guys care?  Oh wait, you love to talk about jobs, jobs, jobs, but when it comes to doing something about them, well, that will come right after you do away with abortion and destroy all of our socialist public schools and firemen.

"Once we have repealed the law, we will tackle the serious problems that plagued our health care system and are now getting worse.  We will replace this law with real reforms that will actually lower costs and improve access to care. "

Oh, sure you will.  So far you have had three years and you haven't come up with a single specimen of these "real reforms," other than the usual- lower taxes for the rich and less regulation.  But I'm sure you will get around to "real reforms" any day now.

“Unlike President Obama, we will not cut deals behind closed doors to protect special interest groups"

You've got to laugh.  Cutting deals behind closed doors to protect special interest groups is all the Republican party exists for.  Did you think we didn't notice that?  And here's an example of the wonderful people-friendly "real reforms" the Republicans have in mind:

“That means...letting consumers buy insurance across state lines"

In other words, making all fifty States compete to see who will offer the insurance companies the least regulation of their criminal business, and then forcing the rules of the lowest of them all- say Alabama or Mississippi- on the whole rest of the country.  Welcome to the consumer friendly Republican world.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup- Tantrum Edition

Yeah, the denizens of the wingnut world have been boring me for some time now, but I thought it was a good time to look in on them, as they wallow in their pain over having one of their own Supreme Court Justices put honesty over corruption for once in his life.

Oh God, here we go....

Town Hall:  "Romney Rakes in More Than $1 Million Since ObamaCare Ruling"

Well, that will be a comfort to you as you struggle to cast off the deep depression you feel at the notion that one of YOUR guys didn't kill his conscience completely before taking office.

John Boehner:  "Today's ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety"

Because nothing underscores the urgency of repealing a law than the fact that it was passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court. 

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "House to Vote to Repeal ObamaCare Again July 11"

What a surprise, huh?  The next day, I suspect they are going to reinstate the Dred Scott decision.

Eric Cantor:  “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country."

Actually getting medical attention- what a crushing blow.  How can these dicks even say things like this?  Eric promises:

“On July 11th, the House will once again repeal ObamaCare"

Well, sort of. Given that the House can't repeal a law all on its own.  Eric must have missed the day in fourth grade where his civics teacher explained that.

And more Eric Cantor:  " In this tough economy, jobs and economic growth are on the minds of most Americans, but ObamaCare has increased uncertainty for small businessmen and women and forced them to put their hiring decisions on hold."

Well, we all know that this is a total lie, just like everything the Republicans have to say about jobs (which they care nothing about.)  No need to say any more

Marco Rubio:  "Victory For Obama Means a Middle Class Tax Increase"

Of course it also means they won't die because they can't afford medical care.  Let's ask them which bothers them more: having a little less money or being dead.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Congressional Republicans: ObamaCare in Our Court Now"

Yeah, it sure is. In your court?  It's imbedded in your skull, after John Roberts' serve.

Louie Gohmert:  "We still have the issue of Justice Kagan...she has violated federal law, and as such she needs to be removed from the Supreme Court.  I think it’s important to look at Justice Kagan for potential impeachment"

Well, they want to impeach someone, right?  Not Elena Kagan, obviously, but they'll take whatever malignant revenge they can.  Of course, it was just fine to have that idiot Clarence Thomas vote against the law after his wife was paid $600,000 to oppose it.

Rush Limbaugh:  “Obamacare Was a Lie. It Was a Stealth Tax… And Nobody Knew It Until Today...Obamacare is nothing more than the largest tax increase in the history of the world.”

Nothing more, huh?  It's health care for thirty million people.  that's something more, asshole.

"Barack Obama Gloats Following Obamacare Decision: “THIS ONE got it done”...Mr. Wonderful Barack Obama patted himself on the back today following the SCOTUS Obamacare decision."

Obama has no right to be happy that his legislation was found Constitutional.  In fact, as usual, he has no right to discuss his record in public.  It should be left to the Republicans to explain to the American people what a miserable failure he is, even when he succeeds.

Allen West:  "This Is a Sad Day for Americans as They Will Be Taxed to Pay For Benefits They May Not Need or Want"

We're waiting for Mr. West's statement on Americans being taxed to help the Catholic Church pay for the rape of thousands of young boys.  I doubt that most of us needed or wanted that.  And while we're on the subject:

Gateway Pundit:  "US Catholic Church Leaders Reject Obamacare Court Ruling"

If we spend our money on health care, there's less left to pay for judgements against Catholic Priests. 

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "DNC Executive Director Taunts Conservatives on Obamacare Decision: “It’s Constitutional, Bitches!”

Ooh, the meanie!

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "Following the Obamacare decision, The Heartland Institute's Maureen Martin, a Senior Fellow for Legal Affairs, said, "Today's decision will go down in infamy. It marks the moment when we all lost our freedom because the Supreme Court drew a road map to guide those dedicated to imposing a totalitarian, statist government on the American people."

The moment we all lost our freedom.  In the words of someone paid by the Koch Brothers. Guess which two Americans' freedom he's really worried about.  Oh, except for his own freedom to be an asshole in public.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Supreme Court ruling: rebirth of tea party"

Dream on, sucker.

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "Obama's tax lies brought communism to America's door...Make no mistake President Obama and his administration handlers lied and sold America a tax deception disguised as a health care law that will usher in a new age of socialism and old style communistic practices that would make Stalin blush."

Health care=Communism.  You read it right here.

And now, a few random comments from some of the above posts:

"Justice Roberts is quite possibly the most contemptible Machiavellian whose filthy rear has ever soiled the SCOTUS bench.  May REAL justice rain upon him, and may it be tempered with the same level of mercy that his ruling and opinion gives to all of the future unborn whose abortions will be made easier by the horrific weight he gave to the Obama agenda.

Turn about is fair play. We get both houses of Congress and annul the tax laws. Simple as that."

The Conservative answer to having a Supreme Court decision go against them:  Murder the Chief Justice and destroy the government.  Nothing like a level of reaction to a disappointment reminiscent of a two year old.

"Lungren understates it; by going with the tainted (by the presence of proven traitors Kagan and Sotomayor) side of the vote, Roberts proved he is not fit to be on SCOTUS!"

Because if every single decision doesn't go their way, the Justices are traitors. I don't think I'll bother to comment on the rest of these:

"As far as I'm concerned, after today's ruling (another legislation from the bench) they can dismantle the Statue of Liberty and melt her down for scrap. She has no meaning anymore."

"By my count, the Union was dismantled in 1860 with the election of Lincoln"

"I felt it died in 1964."

"I'll be happy to move to any state that votes to secede."

"Secession from the Union which means secession from the Federal Government is a must and the only way to go. I am no longer a free man in a free country. I am willing to fight for my freedom."

"Will we successionist step up to the plate with our lives and fortunes to make a future for our children and grand children? I will"

"Roberts joins a long list of traitors on the SC who have allowed evil to thrive in our land. God has tried to wake us up many times in the past, but we have refused to listen."

"I felt as down as everyone here but we can't give up. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

I mean, what can you say?  Apparently, either the U.S. came to an end either when black people got rights or when Germany attacked Pearl Harbor.  Take your pick.  Well, on we go:

Marco Rubio, on Romney supporting the individual mandate in Massachusetts: “But what a big difference. He supported it on the state level. Which means if you didn’t like it in Massachusetts, you could move to another state."

Hey, honey, I hate Democratic laws.  Quit your job and pack our stuff- we're moving to Alabama.

Heartland Institute:  “The president intimidated Chief Justice John Roberts like Hugo Chavez intimidates the Venezuelan Supreme Court. The rule of law is now dead. The American people have only one more chance now to save their country.”

The President intimidated Roberts to do the right thing.  The bastard!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "St. Louis Tea Party rallied tonight following today’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare...Over a hundred activists came out"

A hundred.  What an impressive turnout! The Secession is under way!

Well, let me tell you that this is a random selection of about five percent of the crap that right wingers have had to say in the last day about this decision.  I could go on forever here, but I won't.  Enough is enough.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Democratic Roll of Shame

Here's a list for you:

Jason Altmire (PA-04, lost primary in PA-12) *
John Barrow (GA-12) *
Dan Boren (OK-02, retiring) *
Leonard Boswell (IA-03) *
Ben Chandler (KY-06) *
Mark Critz (PA-12)
Joe Donnelly (IN-02, running for IN-Sen) *
Kathy Hochul (NY-26)
Ron Kind (WI-03)
Larry Kissell (NC-08) *
Jim Matheson (UT-02, running in UT-04) *
Mike McIntyre (NC-07) *
Bill Owens (NY-23, running in NY-21)
Collin Peterson (MN-07) *
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Mike Ross (AR-04, retiring) *
Tim Walz (MN-01)

These are the stupid, vicious bastards that voted with the House Republicans to carry on with the treasonous attack on Attorney General Holder.  No real Democrat should rest until they are all removed from office, whether or not they are replaced with other Democrats.

Watershed Day in World History

Conservative does the right thing.

I just want to say, I'm traveling,  so I haven't been able to write much the last couple of days, but of course, Green Eagle has plenty of squawking coming about this startling event, as well as a rather long post about what a total ass Antonin Scalia is.  See you soon.

The Republican Party of Texas Pretty Much Say It All

From their new platform:

"We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills"

I have nothing to add to that.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Republican Destruction of American Government Continues

Via the ever-valuable Daily Kos, this story from Bloomberg, illustrating the degree to which the Republican party has worked for decades to destroy any semblance of the government we have had in this country for two hundred odd years:

"Obama Health Law Seen Valid, Scholars Expect Rejection

The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold a law requiring most Americans to have health insurance if the justices follow legal precedent, according to 19 of 21 constitutional law professors who ventured an opinion on the most-anticipated ruling in years.

Only eight of them predicted the court would do so.

“The precedent makes this a very easy case,” said Christina Whitman, a University of Michigan law professor. “But the oral argument indicated that the more conservative justices are striving to find a way to strike down the mandate.”

Click through to the article if you'd like- you'll find similar views from a number of other legal scholars.

Let me make what is being said here clear:  A majority of legal scholars in this country believe that five Supreme court justices are about to make what they clearly know to be an incorrect, illegal decision.

Every time I hear a discussion of the current state of our Supreme Court, I see these five Republican justices referred to as Conservatives, or radicals.  It is important for us to give up the illusion that their gross misconduct, which gave us George W. Bush and the economic collapse and wars of aggression he caused, has one damned thing to do with Conservatism or any other ideology.  

These justices are not conservative, they are corrupt.  They exist, and were placed on the court, to serve the interests of the usual Republican beneficiaries, the super-rich and their corporations.  There is nothing conservative about throwing stare decisis out the window whenever it is convenient, about stealing from the States their right to cast their vote for President,; nothing conservative about ignoring the plain content of legislation.

These are truly lawless individuals, placed on the court after a decades-long Republican campaign of belligerence, bullying and whining.  This sleeper cell of five criminals have, with two decisions- Bush v. Gore and Citizens United- created the conditions necessary to utterly destroy democracy in the United States, and they are now set on creating a government that recognizes not one shred of responsibility to anyone who cannot pay the grossly inflated price tag to purchase a voice with the Republican party.  This is the end of the United States as we know it, if these five individuals and their backers are not stopped.  What will follow?  If you are interested, I suggest you read about Italy in the 1920's or Germany in the 1930's.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Truth Emerges About Bush and 9-11 (And Basically Everything Else)

And it is as ugly as you could ever fear it would be.  Here are some excerpts from a Salon article about a newly released bunch of NSA documents relating to the period before 9-11.  This article is absolutely must reading, and I urgently encourage you to click on the link and read it all.  Every American needs to know what these documents reveal:

 "New NSA docs contradict 9/11 claims

Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time...Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks.

Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency...During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas — which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.”

Here is the plain truth:  The Republican Bush-Cheney administration did not give a God damn about the security of the United States, other than as a club to beat up on Democrats with the endlessly repeated lie that only Republicans can protect America. And crazy left-wingers like myself, who desperately tried to point out this obvious fact at the time were shouted down as traitors by Republicans, the mainstream press and unfortunately, many Democrats too.

Now, let's move on to the "everything else" part of this comment.  Here's a chart, from a post at Daily Kos by Joan McCarter:

 And a couple of comments from her post:

"Republicans want the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the rich

It's official: the Mitt Romney-endorsed Paul Ryan budget would put the burden of tax cuts for the rich squarely on the backs of the middle class. A report by Senate Democrats, reviewed by non-partisan Tax Policy Center, concludes that the plan would have to displace the tax burden of huge cuts for the wealthy onto the rest of us...

Remember, this is just the tax side of the Ryan plan. The devastating cuts to everything from Pell Grants to Medicaid and Medicare would put even bigger burdens on low-income and middle-class America.

This is the Republican plan for America, led by Paul Ryan and endorsed by Mitt Romney: protect the rich and screw everyone else."

Now, back to Green Eagle.  As long as I have had this blog, and long before, I have insisted on this single fact as the most important reality in American politics today:  The Republican party exists for one purpose and one purpose only:  To plunder the resources of this country and its people, on behalf of a minuscule number of fantastically rich people, many of them not even Americans.  Republicans don't care about our security, as the first half of this post makes so clear, they don't care about our ability to lead decent lives, they don't care about the fate of our children, they don't care about a thing except robbing us blind, and they have exactly zero scruples about engaging in whatever malignant, vicious behavior it takes to accomplish this goal.

What is more, they are so stupid and so blind that they cannot see that they are going to destroy the world for everyone, including themselves, if they continue their present course.  The Great Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany will look like nothing but a dress rehearsal for what is coming if these people continue their present course; and with the Supreme Court and the mainstream press in their hands, it is difficult to muster much conviction that anything can turn their juggernaut aside.

Monday, June 18, 2012

There is No Lie Too Absurd for Romney to Tell

His contempt for American voters is absolutely boundless, and it is never going to end because his lies will be covered up by the press as fast as he tells them:

Here is a quote from Yahoo news, reprinted at Americablog today:

"I like having two sides. I didn't go to law school, I didn't practice law, but I like the idea of arguing points back and forth and sorting through them, and being able to probe, in some cases you need to go back and get more information."

The lying bastard.  How can he expect to get away with statements like this when he has a Harvard law degree?  Well, this is how:  here is this quote as it stands at the Yahoo news story now:

"I like having two sides … I didn't practice law, but I like the idea of arguing points back and forth and sorting through them, and being able to probe, in some cases you need to go back and get more information."

Yahoo has simply erased his lie from history.   At the bottom of the article is the following comment:

"This story has been updated since it was originally posted."

Well, great, I guess that makes it all better.  Who needs to know that "updating" news articles consists of covering up Republican lies?  Get ready for a painful few months, people.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Well, That Was Easy To Figure Out

Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times:

"Romney's prescription is simple: unleash private enterprise through lower taxes and less regulation."

What an original Republican idea!  Who would have ever credited Romney with such  forward thinking!

How can anyone fall for this sort of thing?  The Republican party doesn't give a damn about the welfare of the country.  As they have been for a hundred years, they exist solely to loot the economy for the rich, and the rest of us be damned.  Of course, after making the statement quoted above, it never occurs to McManus to point out that this is the exact same prescription, in good times and bad, that Republicans have had for every problem confronting our country; nor does he think it worthwhile to mention that it has now caused two depressions.  Nor does he point out that the Democratic idea- fair taxes for everyone, and reasonable regulation for the benefit of society, was given a try under FDR, and it eliminated financial collapses for sixty years, until the Reagan demolition of New Deal regulation had its effect. 

In the Lasseiz Faire decades before the New Deal, there were four serious economic collapses- in the 1890's, the 1900's, the early 1920's and of course the Great Depression.  Since Reagan, we have had two- the tech bubble and the current depression, plus the savings and loan collapse of the late eighties.

Yet in their boundless greed, the rich continually lead us over the cliff into economic disaster.  It is time once again that their behavior be recognized as criminal. We as a people have a right to protect ourselves from their depredations.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Streets Are About To Erupt In Protest, Oh, Yes Sir!

From an official Catholic piece of trash publication:

"The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter afortnight-for-freedom-montagend Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome."

Forget about any of those guys?  St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More, and St. John the Baptist all had their heads cut off for being Christians.  (Peter and Paul only made the list to remind us that this is all about the Catholic Church.)  Honestly, I haven't heard much about any Catholics having their heads cut off by the Obama administration, but then I haven't been following the news that closely the last few weeks.  Well, apparently we are about to witness a massive uprising:

"U.S. Bishops Prepare Catholics for Civil Disobedience: ‘We May Need to Witness to the Truth by Resisting the Law’...bishops of the United States are now preparing Catholics for what may be the most massive campaign of civil disobedience in this country since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and early 1960s."

Or at least the most massive campaign of civil disobedience since the Teabaggers marched across the country, which in itself was the most massive campaign of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights Movement, or maybe the most massive campaign of civil disobedience since the Glenn Beck Rallies, which were also the most massive campaign of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights Movement; at least until they all failed spectacularly.  As Green Eagle did with the Teabaggers, we will not forget this prediction, and shall watch carefully to see what transpires.  Well, the Bishops continue:

“Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified,” the bishops state in a document developed to be inserted into church bulletins in Catholic parishes around the country in June.

“What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live out our teaching,” they say."

Really, when I read this I thought it was a demand to be allowed to grope teenage boys in the parish shower, given as how that seems to be the main thing following their conscience led them to, but no, apparently it is all about being required to provide their employees with health insurance.  Maybe someone is planning to cut their heads off for that, but if so, I don't know who it might be.  Now, if people wanted to cut their heads off for systematic rape of children, I might go along with that.

I just wonder when enough decent Americans will come together to follow our consciences and refuse to subsidize this perverted organization through its immunity from taxes.

Politics- How it Works Today

And you know that this accidental revelation represents the very small tip of a very large iceberg:

"Insurance giant Aetna inadvertently disclosed more than $7 million in donations to conservative political groups in a regulatory filing made earlier this year, according to a Washington-based advocacy group...

Documents obtained and distributed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington show that Aetna made a $3 million donation to the American Action Network and a $4.05 million donation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

Advocates of campaign finance reform say the disclosures, first reported by trade publication SNL Financial, are extremely unusual, and represent the first known major donations from a publicly traded company to political organizations that are not required to reveal the source of their funding.

"No funds were provided to these organizations for lobbying purposes; however, we have provided funds to these organizations for educational activities," (Aetna CEO) Bertolini said."

Educational purposes.  Because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation's most malicious tamperers with elections, has such a record of promoting "education."

Aetna removed this revelation in later filings, since under current law it is not required to report it.  Any one care to guess how many hundreds of millions of dollars of money have gone to similar right wing propaganda factories from other corporations?  I guess we'll just never know, but you know this $7 million from one company is a very small part of the total.

Once again, we have the Republican party, and its manipulating onto the Supreme Court of five corrupt criminals to thank for this situation, which very well may destroy democracy as we know it in this country, and leave us living in a third world dictatorship.

A Housekeeping Note

Like many people, I rarely change the list of blogs that I have linked to over on the right.  In fact, most of them have been there since very soon after I started Green Eagle.  Today, I'm removing Truth 101, which has switched to an invitation-only status; there is no point in linking to something only to have people get denied access if they try to go there.  In fact, after following Truth 101 with enjoyment for some years, I have been blocked from access too.  Well, everyone can run their blog any way they want, I guess.  'Bye, Truth 101.

They Are So Stupid That It's Hard to Wrap Your Mind Around It

Some of you may have heard of the recent "religious liberty" ballot initiative in the State of North Dakota.  It was defeated, but if you think that will make the proponents of this sort of malicious garbage think twice about it, you are very naive.  Here is the text of the initiative:

"Government may not burden a person’s or religious organization’s religious liberty. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be burdened unless the government proves it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A burden includes indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities."

The main thing I have to say about this is that these stupid jackasses came very close to making Sharia law legal in North Dakota.  This while they scream about how the Democrats are supposedly in league with Muslim terrorists to impose Sharia law in the United States.  This is an act of such colossal lack of self-awareness that it gives new meaning to the word "hypocrisy."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Green Eagle's Reading Nook

I've had such success with my art criticism, that I thought I'd take a chance at literature, featuring the musings of the very well-to-do Mr. Podsnap, from chapter 11 of Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, slightly edited:

"In the mean time a stray personage of a meek demeanour, who had wandered to the hearthrug and got among the heads of tribes assembled there in conference with Mr Podsnap, eliminated Mr Podsnap's flush and flourish by a highly unpolite remark; no less than a reference to the circumstance that some half-dozen people had lately died in the streets, of starvation. It was clearly ill-timed after dinner. It was not in good taste.

'I don't believe it,' said Mr Podsnap, putting it behind him.

The meek man was afraid we must take it as proved, because there were the Inquests and the Registrar's returns.

'Then it was their own fault,' said Mr Podsnap.

Veneering and other elders of tribes commended this way out of it. At once a short cut and a broad road.

The man of meek demeanour intimated that truly it would seem from the facts, as if starvation had been forced upon the culprits in question—as if, in their wretched manner, they had made their weak protests against it—as if they would have taken the liberty of staving it off if they could—as if they would rather not have been starved upon the whole, if perfectly agreeable to all parties.

'There is not,' said Mr Podsnap, flushing angrily, 'there is not a country in the world, sir, where so noble a provision is made for the poor as in this country.'

The meek man was quite willing to concede that, but perhaps it rendered the matter even worse, as showing that there must be something appallingly wrong somewhere.

'Where?' said Mr Podsnap.

The meek man hinted Wouldn't it be well to try, very seriously, to find out where?

'Ah!' said Mr Podsnap. 'Easy to say somewhere; not so easy to say where! But I see what you are driving at. I knew it from the first. Centralization. No. Never with my consent. Not English.'

An approving murmur arose from the heads of tribes; as saying, 'There you have him! Hold him!'

He was not aware (the meek man submitted of himself) that he was driving at any ization. He had no favourite ization that he knew of. But he certainly was more staggered by these terrible occurrences than he was by names, of howsoever so many syllables. Might he ask, was dying of destitution and neglect necessarily English?

'You know what the population of London is, I suppose,' said Mr Podsnap.

The meek man supposed he did, but supposed that had absolutely nothing to do with it, if its laws were well administered.

'And you know; at least I hope you know;' said Mr Podsnap, with severity, 'that Providence has declared that you shall have the poor always with you?'

The meek man also hoped he knew that.

'I am glad to hear it,' said Mr Podsnap with a portentous air. 'I am glad to hear it. It will render you cautious how you fly in the face of Providence.'

In reference to that absurd and irreverent conventional phrase, the meek man said, for which Mr Podsnap was not responsible, he the meek man had no fear of doing anything so impossible; but—

But Mr Podsnap felt that the time had come for flushing and flourishing this meek man down for good. So he said:

'I must decline to pursue this painful discussion. It is not pleasant to my feelings; it is repugnant to my feelings. I have said that I do not admit these things. I have also said that if they do occur (not that I admit it), the fault lies with the sufferers themselves. It is not for ME'—Mr Podsnap pointed 'me' forcibly, as adding by implication though it may be all very well for YOU—'it is not for me to impugn the workings of Providence."

Well, there you go.  Our country is the most wonderful country in the history of the world, which you dare not deny; on the other hand, conservatives are free to deny anything that they do not want to believe;  poor people are totally responsible for their fate, Centralization (or as it is known today, "big government") is the culprit- and aren't we thankful for Mr. K. Marx for graciously donating his name for this condition.  You are attacking God to question the ascendency of the rich.

So, for those of you who might have thought what is going on in this country is a new sort of phenomenon, well, the politicization of avarice has really been pretty much the same for quite a long time now.  And as long as the greedy are among us, only the names we attach to things will change- the barbarian instinct to prosper at the expense of others will ever remain the same.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wilful Stupidity of the Press, Once Again

And get used to it- this is shaping up to be the deciding factor in the 2012 Presidential race, sad to say, just like it did in 2000 and 2004:

Today's dose is from Matt Taylor, at Slate:

"If he were not in the White House right now, there's a good chance Senator Obama would be among the growing number of dissident Democrats -- Cory Booker and Bill Clinton among them -- expressing unease with the Bain line of attack by his party's presidential nominee. He is a self-proclaimed "New Democrat," a business-friendly moderate who often rhapsodizes about the magic of free enterprise.

But Obama's re-election team apparently did the polling and testing -- and saw how Ted Kennedy's brutal, relentless campaign against Romney in 1994 worked so well -- and decided the attacks were just too promising to pass up."

Let me see if I have this straight, now.  It is really beyond any concept of fair campaigning for Obama to mention the fact that Mitt Romney is a self-entitled near sociopath who thinks it is just fine to destroy thousands of jobs to make himself rich.  It is utterly unacceptable to suggest that a person with these values might not be the best one to entrust our country to. 

Of course, it is just fine for Republicans to tell every lie they can think of about Obama- he's a foreign plant, he's a Muslim, he's a Communist, and on and on.

On the other hand, it is nothing but a "brutal, relentless" campaign trick for Obama to try to get the American people to see who Romney actually is.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Oh God, Not This Again!

Yes, culture fans, Green Eagle's Art Corner is back!  Today, we want to bring to your attention, one David Bugnon, an artist who will certainly be looking to challenge Jon McNaughton as the grand master of Conservative painting (although it must be admitted, I have yet to find a chicken in his work- an important thing, I am sure you will agree.)

This challenge to McNaughton's supremacy comes in the form of the following masterful oil painting, featuring a heroic vision of the great knight of European culture, Andrew Breitbart in a magnificent suit of armor, which is listed for sale right now at the Conservative website Patriot Depot, for the low, low price of $3995.00:

Well, it was listed for sale.  That's until someone at Wonkette discovered this:

That image on the right there is a still from the video game Assassin's Creed.  Whoops, I guess the thing wasn't an oil painting at all, just a cheesy photoshop job, made from stolen images.  The offer to sell the "painting" is down now, I presume while the owners of the website try to figure out how much they can get for a piece of pathetic plagiarism.

Well, why should liberals be left out of this game?  We all want Andrew Breitbart to be remembered for the great political figure he was, so Green Eagle has given this a try too.  Here is Green Eagle's "oil painting,"  which, I am sure you can guess, he will be willing to part with for far less that $3995.00:

Green Eagle is sure that you will agree that, with this single masterpiece, he has established himself in the top rank of Conservative artists.  Bids will be accepted beginning on Monday, with a reserve of 5 cents.

A Taste of Truth from Europe

Here is a rather wonderful excerpt of a speech in the European Parliament by Nigel Farange, a British MEP.  I have stolen it from Infidel753, and I think you will enjoy it.  You may not agree with everything he has to say, but isn't it nice once in a while to see a politician at least trying to say what he really believes:

Cravenness Beyond Anything We Have Seen Before

Mitt Romney:  "He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Firemen, policemen and teachers are now the enemies of the American people, according to Romney.  At what point do the great masters of our pundit class decide that there are some people who are so loathsome and dishonest that, really, we shouldn't be considering placing them in the most powerful position in the world?

Or is any level of moral degeneracy perfectly fine as long as it is applied in service of the rich?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hate to Harsh Your Mellow, Climate Deniers

From the National Climatic Data Center:

"According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during May was 64.3°F, 3.3°F above the long-term average, making it the second warmest May on record. The month's high temperatures also contributed to the warmest spring, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895."

Just sayin'.

Anyway, here's the other side, courtesy of a post at Pharyngula:

Much more trustworthy sort of people, huh?

False Equivalence Again

The press does the dirty work of the Republican party again.  A few days we saw a story about a new Pew poll showing a fairly dramatic increase in the percentage of voters who call themselves independents rather than identify with one of the two political parties.

Here are just a few samples of the sort of reporting we saw.  I can't be bothered to link to them- sorry if that upsets you:

ABC News:  "Pew Poll: Independent Voters Swing Right, Oppose Party Supported in 08"

Seattle Times:  "Poll: Partisan gap grows; party affiliation erodes...moderates abandon both parties"

The Oklahoman:  "The results indicate a collective thumbs down to both the Democratic and Republican Party"

Well, we get that...voters are abandoning both parties, and if anything this is a sign that they are moving to the right.

So, here is a graph of the actual data from the Pew poll:

So, sure enough, independent voters have increased from 29% to 38% of the electorate.  And they came from both parties...well, not quite.  In fact, the percentage of people who identify as Democrats decreased from 33% to 32%- a whopping loss of 1 percentage point!  In the same time, Republican voters decreased from 31% to 24%- a drop of 7 percentage points.  So, Democrats lost three percent of their self-identified voters, while Republicans lost 23 percent of theirs.

But, see, it's all equal.  People hate both parties just as much and blame them both for the dysfunction in Washington, and that's what we are going to be told over and over again between now and November.  Lies- the only fair reporting.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Post About Someone I Don't Give a Damn About

That would be the recently oh-so-in-the-news John Edwards. 

Funny isn't is:  Here you have a Democrat who hasn't held office for six years, and whose offense was to have an affair and attempt to buy silence from his mistress.

On the other side of the aisle, we have the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the hundreds of Republican legislators around the country which it pays to introduce and support legislation written by corporations. 

Now, isn't that the definition of corruption- to take money to influence their job?  Yet this massive, widespread practice is of absolutely no interest to the mainstream press.  The long-gone Edwards, on the other hand, is fair game for endless press abuse.

And don't tell me that it's because all the American people care about is sex.  If that were the case, we'd still be having nasty articles about David Vitter and that wide stance guy.  But they were Republicans, so it's okay.

This sick game has been going on for decades now.  It brought us Reagan and W.  It brought us disastrous wars and economic collapse.  But no matter what it brings us, it is apparently a fair game to play, as long as the victims are Democrats, or the American people.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Looking Around the Internet Today, Trying to Find Something Constructive to Look At

Here's what I found.  These are some random shots of Italian real estate for sale, mostly in Tuscany and Umbria, with one in Lazio a little south of Rome.  The internet asking prices were all in the range of $700-750,000.  Given the current state of the Italian economy, I'm sure that a cash offer of $625,000 would get any of them.

Time to start planning an escape strategy before the goose stepping really gets started.

That's It

I'm out of here.  What's the point?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Conservative Ascendency Through the Lens of History

I happened to be lying in bed a couple of nights ago, and looking for some light bedtime reading, I picked up a copy of of Ian Kershaw's biography of Adolf Hitler.  I was reading the part about Hitler's seizing of the Reichchancellorship in January of 1933, where Kershaw spent some time ruminating about how this colossal political disaster could have been deliberately created.  I'd like to present some of Kershaw's thoughts here, along with my own (grossly inferior, I'm sure) comments.

Sorry, but I can't provide a link to this material- it comes from an actual book, which as far as I know is not available online.  The quotes that follow start on page 424 of volume 1.

Before getting on with it, I want to make it clear that I am not comparing any current American Conservative leader to Hitler.  All I am interested in here is the combination of malfeasance and corrupt intentions that result in a modern industrial nation turning itself over to the far right.

I want to make one more point.  When Kershaw refers to right wing attempts to destroy democracy, what he is talking about is the Social Democracy of the Weimar government- i.e. moderate left government of the sort favored by (parts of) the Democratic party in the United States today.  Well, here we go:

                                         Hindenburg Appoints Hitler to head the German government.

"But...from right to left of the political spectrum- Conservatives, Liberals, Socialists, Communists- underrated his intentions and unscrupulous power instincts at the same time as they scorned his abilities...   Socialists, Communists, trade unions were all little more than bystanders, their scope for influencing events emasculated since 1930.  It was the blindness of the conservative Right to the dangers which had been so evident, arising from their determination to eliminate democracy and destroy socialism, and the consequent government stalemate they had allowed to develop, that delivered the power of a nation-state containing all the pent-up aggression of a wounded giant into the hands of the dangerous leader of a political gangster-mob."

Despite the clear rhetoric from the right, those on the left were simply unable to credit them with the sort of destructive intentions that they later demonstrated.  But it was the right, blinded by hatred of a nonexistent "socialistic" threat  that coalesced behind this patently evil party, which had done everything it could to destroy any attempt on the part of the government to deal with the economic problems of the Great Depression. 

If this sort of thing doesn't sound sadly familiar to you, you can't have been following politics in this country very closely the last few years.  Here's a little more on that point from Kershaw:

"But those miscalculations...that opened up the possibility, then the reality, of a Hitler Chancellorship, were not random acts.  They were the miscalculations of a political class determined to inflict what injury it could on the new, detested, or at best merely tolerated democratic Republic.  The anxiety to destroy democracy rather than the keennness to bring the Nazis to power was what triggered the complex developments that led to Hitler's Chancellorship."

Once again, I believe the similarity in intent, if not in ability to accomplish its ends, with the right in America today is painful to read.  The hatred of the Teabaggers toward their synthetic "socialist" enemies has left them easy prey for even the most grotesque representative of the forces that brought our economy down;  it has left them so enraged that they will trust the most patent demagogue rather than the basically decent people inevitably produced by the center-left.

"More than any other politician of his era, (Hitler) was the spokesman for the unusually intense fears, resentments, and prejudices of ordinary people not attracted to the parties of the Left or anchored in the parties of political Catholicism.  And more than any other politician of his era, he offered people the prospect of a new and better society- though one seeming to rest on 'true' German values with which they could identify."

Again, I believe I hardly have to point out the similarities to our current situation.

"Democracy was surrendered without a fight...This was not least because powerful groups had never reconciled themselves to democracy, and were by this time actively seeking to bring it down."

                Nazi poster capitalizing on the supposedly close relationship between Hitler and Hindenburg.  Note that Hitler seems to have grown about 10 inches since the previous picture.

And this is the fear- that  Barack Obama who, whatever his many virtues, is willing to "compromise" on so many issues, will eventually compromise on this too, ignoring the clear fact that half of a democracy is no democracy at all.

"There was no "class equalibrium" in 1932.  The working class was cowed and broken by Depression, its organizations enfeebled and powerless.  But the ruling groups did not have the mass support to maximize their ascendency and destroy once and for all the power of organized labor.  Hitler was brought in to do the job for them."

There it is.  A few years ago, I openly wondered if the likes of Dick Cheney might not be thinking to themselves, "That lucky Hitler guy.  The only thing he had going for himself that we don't was a depression.  If we had one of those, we could rule the world."  Well, the Conservatives got their depression, with how much deliberate help from themselves, we may never know.  Let's see what they are able to do with it.