Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is respectfully dedicated to Steven Joshua Dinkle, who was arrested with his mother for cross burning in black neighborhoods.  Steven claims to be a former Exalted Cyclops of the Klan.  Apparently, you can reach that position of great responsibility but still have to have mommy along to commit crimes.  Here's Steven, giving what I assume is a secret Klan signal to his many followers:

Attractive, no?  Really, it's not so different from the rest of the belligerent garbage that the right continually pumps out for the benefit of Green Eagle.  Well, on with the idiocy.

The great Conservative outrage over the last few days may have escaped your attention.  It's the current Obama Administration plot to attack the Catholic Church by closing our embassy to the Vatican!  Here is a (very small) sample of the anger swirling around the wingnut world about this:

Washington Times:  "Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy is ‘slap in the face’ to Roman Catholics"

Tim Cavanaugh, Daily Caller:  "Catholics furious over Obama plan to close Vatican embassy site"

Pam Geller, Atlas Shrugs:  "OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CLOSES AMERICAN EMBASSY TO THE VATICAN  Wow. The same week that Obama gives the imprimatur of legitimacy to the Islamic rogue regime of Iran and sanctions their nuclear weapons program, he closes the American embassy to the Vatican. 

Closing the Vatican, opening Iran. If there was a jihadi in the White House, what would he be doing differently?"

And it goes on and on.  So, here's the great thing about this story:  it isn't true.  It is a made-up delusion from the right wingers.  The administration is moving the embassy from a building which it has only occupied since the Clinton administration, to a new one, originally funded by the Bush Administration, with better security.  But since when do facts matter when they get in the way of a good smear against Democrats?  And by the way, while we are on the subject, why the hell do we have an "embassy" with the Vatican, which has filled the country with terrorists committing bestial acts against our children?  Why isn't some lunatic right winger demanding that we bomb them?

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "Obama's Amateur Incompetence-Iran is just the tip of the ice berg."

Because nothing spells failure like achieving a long-standing foreign policy goal without firing a shot.

Mike Shedlock, Town Hall:  "Obamacare Impact on Jobs (And Way Less Job Growth than Anyone Thinks)"

For years, they've been nattering on about how Obamacare was going to destroy vast numbers of American jobs.  Now they are down to claiming that Obamacare is causing less job growth than predicted (without, of course any facts to back up this claim, of course).  Pretty soon they will be reduced to attacking Obamacare because it didn't precipitate the second coming of Jesus.  Actually, they probably are doing that.  I'll keep my eyes open for it.

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "Mike Tyson Says Obamacare Rollout "Horrible"

Oh my God, now they're reduced to quoting Mike Tyson.  I wonder what Leon Spinks has to say?

Bob Owens:  "The more useless elements of the left are losing their minds"

Good news, Bob- there's still some hope for you guys to get some new converts.

Michael Hammond, Red State:  "Assessing The Wake of Legislative Hiroshima"

That would be the nuclear option.  Sorry to remind you of this, Michael, but Hiroshima ended an assault on humanity by a vicious group of murderous warmongers intent on imposing their will on everyone.  I'm not sure it's an analogy you want to pursue.

Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "Iran Says Obama and Kerry Are Lying About the Nuclear Deal...Whom do you believe?"

Yeah, exactly- whom do you believe?  The President and Secretary of State of the United States, or a country the Republicans have spent a decade denouncing as part of the Axis of Evil?  I guess for Republicans, the guys that they have been trying to bomb for years are more trustworthy than our own government.  Way to go there, wingnuts.

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media:  "A Culture in Ruins...Obamacare is a great program in the same way that Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga are great artists."

I sort of agree.  The only reason these guys are great artists is because they have made a ton of money, and Obamacare is going to save the rest of us tons of money.  Winners all around!

Batshit crazy:

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Obama sits excitedly at his communist-progressive "machine gun" in the White House. He loads and reloads, firing away at Americans like a kid lost in "Toys R Us." For over five years now, commentators have wondered and theorized what was really behind Obama's radical and unconstitutional behavior that seems to fly out of him at warp speed... He is passionately committed to his master...Satan, Islam, and the New World Order. Perhaps we can call them the "unholy trinity" that inspires and empowers Obama."

Right, Laurie.  That really explains everything.  Thanks for letting us know what is really going on in the world.

Dan Popp, Renew America:  "When Jesus didn't help the poor"

You know what?  I don't even have the energy to make fun of this article, which purports to explain that Jesus was really in favor of not helping the poor. No, really- that's what it was about. If you really care, you can read about this here.  I'm linking to it because I'm sure that none of you is foolish enough to actually read it.

Gina Miller, Renew America:  "Can the communist Democrats be stopped?"

No.  We're coming to eat your children!  Mwahahahaha!

And now two consecutive stories at World Net Daily today:

"Are there any honest reporters anymore?"
"Proof that ancient man lived with dinosaurs!"

Need I say more?

Charles Martel, American Thinker:  "The Knockout Game: What Took the Conservative Media so Long to Notice?"

The fact that it doesn't exist?  Nah, that never stopped them before (see story of the Vatican embassy above.)

Newsmax:  "Why Is FEMA Hoarding Survival Food?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe because it's their job to be ready for emergencies?  No, it must be because they are all Marxists or Satanists or something.

Frances Martel, Breitbart:  "FITNESS LEGEND RICHARD SIMMONS: 'THE OBAMAS HAVE REJECTED ME'  Add to the chorus of celebrities piling on the Obamas this Thanksgiving the fitness legend Richard Simmons. Speaking to HuffPost Live Wednesday afternoon, Simmons lamented that while he "loved" Michelle Obama, he had been "totally" rejected by the White House."

Man, that is sad, right? I mean, Richard Simmons.  Fitness legend.

And by the way, if that's the best that Conservatives can do in the way of an Obama scandal these days, they are finished.

Red State:  "Why Are Unions Protesting Walmart Again? Is It Because Five Million Americans Applied For 500,000 Union-Free Jobs?"

You're damned right that's the reason.  5 million people are forced to compete for 500,000 jobs that don't even pay a living wage while the owners of the company are worth tens of billions.  You bet that's why workers are protesting.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Sellout to Iran at Geneva worse than sellout to Hitler at Munich"

Worse.  WORSE, I tell you!  Worse than Hitler!  Obama is worse, worse worse!!!!!!!   This brain-dead idiot continues:

"George Santayana's famous dictum, "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it," is chillingly apt now. Hitler's madness was far less evident in 1938 than the Ayatollah's madness today."

Right. in 1938, fifteen years after the publication of Mein Kampf, in the year of Kristallnacht, after five years of brutal Nazi oppression of their own people, Hitler's madness was not evident.  Talk about those who cannot remember the past.

Well, Green Eagle can remember to pull the plug on this edition of Wingnut Wrapup.  'Bye, now.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rick Strikes Out

You may remember (not that I would know why) that Rick Santorum was hired last winter to be the head of Echolite Studios, a right wing Christian company that was going to make a huge impression on the film world.  Well, I'm pleased to announce that their first film, an action-packed epic entitled "The Christmas Candle."

Whoops- it was a huge flop, doing about a million in its first two weeks, after a production cost estimated at about $7 million.  It thus follows in the tradition of a host of other right wing movies, most notably "Atlas Shrugged," which involves briefly circling the drain before vanishing from sight.  Of course, I've rarely seen a one sheet that makes a film look more boring:
But then, I have no doubt that it accurately represents this ninth-rate production.  That's what you get, I suppose, when you hire a failed right wing politician to make movies.  Even Goebbels did better than this piece of trash:
Well, better luck next time, Rick.

An additional note:  I know it might seem like my perpetual posts about things like this are just kicking people when they are down.  What I am really trying to do is document the fact that the mainstream press view of right wing groups as powerful forces representing a large part of the country is a hoax. It's about time people realized that what we have here is a few rich people creating a dumb show and then the press (which rich people own) giving it credibility.  It's time we moved past this nonsense and started running the country for our own benefit.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just hop to it with one of the dumbest things I've ever heard:

Courtney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Sigh: The Media Still Thinks the Obamas Are Celebrities"

How could they think that, when, actually, no one knows who they are, right?.  Here's a little more from Courtney:

"Us Weekly...published a flowery piece on Obama the day before the presidential election last year after asking him to reveal “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” The editors made sure to include the following note: Us also asked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, 65, to submit a "25 Things" list, but he declined.

Yeah, maybe that’s because he was too busy trying to act presidential."

"Trying to act presidential."  Yup, that just about sums things up.  Trying and failing.  Unlike Obama, who doesn't have to try to act Presidential, because he is the President.  When Obama wants to act Presidential he just has Osama bin Laden killed, or makes a treaty with a country that previously hated us.  Or giving thirty million Americans a chance at health insurance, while Mitt was busy building himself a car elevator.

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Was Kennedy a Conservative?

The idea that John F. Kennedy was really a conservative, rather than the liberal icon he is so often depicted as, is the thesis of a new book by Ira Stoll. The idea is seconded by George Will in a column in The Washington Post. Are they correct?"

No.  They're batshit crazy.  Or just really bad liars.

Brad Jackson, Red State:  "About that suspicious jobs report...Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the politically advantageous and totally falsified jobs report of October 2012, Brad’s now proven analysis that the stats were rigged and this administration’s systemic culture of lying and manipulation."

Of course, the stats must be rigged, because they didn't show utter disaster for Obama, as ordained by God.

Thomas Sowell, Human Events:  "New York City police authorities are investigating a series of unprovoked physical attacks in public places on people who are Jewish, in the form of what is called “the knockout game.”

The way the game is played, one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, preferably with one punch, as they pass by. Often some other member of the group records the event, so that a video of that “achievement” is put on the Internet, to be celebrated.

The New York authorities describe a recent series of such attacks and, because Jews have been singled out in these attacks, are considering prosecuting these assaults as “hate crimes.”

Actually, the "knockout game" appears to be an urban myth, but it provides a great opportunity for right wingers to go off on another racist tirade.  I chose this particular example of something which is all across the right wing web these days, because it is told by a black man, who could not degrade himself more if he had sex with a schnauzer in public.

And now another wingnut post showing how vicious this hateful smear can become:

Jack Cashill, American Thinker:  "How Trayvon's Knockout Game Went Bad...The media's collective failure to acknowledge the pervasiveness of the knockout game enabled them to turn would-be knockout king Trayvon Martin into a martyr and his victim, George Zimmerman, into a racist vigilante. If  he had not had an audience, Trayvon Martin would likely have made it back safely to the townhouse where he was staying in Sanford, Florida, that rainy night in February 2012. The knockout game is played for glory. Martin's audience consisted of one person, the sassy, defiant, plus-sized Rachel Jeantel who talked to Martin by phone throughout the encounter."

So,  the "knockout game" likely does not exist (in the cited examples of this supposed phenomenon, the perpetrators virtually all indicate that their actions had nothing to do with any "game," but were routine assaults,) but it does have a purpose: allowing this race baiting slime to tell an entirely made up story about a dead black child, without a shred of evidence, in which his murderer becomes his victim, and he becomes the bad guy.  This article goes on in sickening detail, but enough is enough.

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media:  "Pressure is growing on House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a select committee on Benghazi."

Guy, you've got to be out of your fucking mind.

Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "President Obama has elected to skip today’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But he participated in video readings of the address for a Ken Burns project. Along with 61 other lawmaker and celebrity participants, Obama read the address on camera from a teleprompter. But unlike the other participants, all of whom recited the entire address, Chris Plante noticed that Barack Obama left out two words: “Under God.”

This is another smear that has been flying around the wingnut world the last couple of days.  Actually, Ken Burns asked Obama to read the earliest known draft of the Gettysburg Address, which did not contain the words "under God."  The truth about this story has been known for days now, but I don't see it leaking onto the Conservative websites that have been pushing the lies.

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "Can and does Satan actually deceive an entire nation like America?  The answer to this question is – easily!"

Why are people like this not in locked facilities?

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "Liberals Messing with Constitution...Unlike the U.S. constitution, which is a document that limits government power in order to secure the rights of man, the Commie constitution is a list of affirmative powers granted the government to regulate the lives of citizens."

The Commie constitution.  That's a new one on me.

And a little more about the tragedy that is the Nuclear Option:

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Nuclear Option ‘Greatly Eroded’ Graham’s Leverage to Get Benghazi Answers"

So sad.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "AWFUL… Obama Has Not Yet Called Israel on Nuclear Agreement With Iran"

He hasn't called Nigeria or Liechtenstein either.  So what?  Our foreign policy is ours.  You'd think the xenophobic Republicans would like that state of affairs.  But of course, not with Israel, which is currently headed by Ted Cruz with a Mezzuzzah.

Newsmax:  "Cruz: Democrats want to pack D.C. court to save Obamacare"

Note that a Democratic President appointing someone to fill a judicial position is "packing" the court.  Because only right wing, corrupt tools of the rich have a right to be judges.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "PREPARE FOR DEMS' BIG LIE FOR 2014...who is going to call them on this huge whopper?

What is the Democrat big lie for 2014?  I predict it will be that Obama and his party are responsible for historic deficit reduction... Officials make the case that Obama has cut the deficit more than in half since 2009.  Obama has made the claim."

And as is usual with wingnuts, truth is lies and lies are truth.

Larry Klayman, World Net Daily:  "Stand with the people or go home...Last Tuesday, the Reclaim America Now Coalition, true to our word, massed in front of the White House in Lafayette Park and delivered a Declaration of Independence demanding that President Barack Hussein Obama either address and remedy the grievances of the people or resign."

Larry, you already stood with the people- all 100 of them, which is all you could get to turn out to your miserable excuse for a protest.  The other 300 million of us stayed home.  Yet you have the nerve to claim that 100 people "massed" in front of the White House.  Man, talk about a shameless con man.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "Former UN Ambassador John Bolton knows a thing or two about negotiating with Iran. So it's not surprising that he would take the position that the deal reached last night with the West amounted to "abject surrender."

Bolton, a.k.a. the Moustache of Doom (as opposed to the Moustache of Stupidity- Tom Friedman- another Washington insider without a clue about the Middle East) knows a thing or two about negotiating with Iran?  What exactly does he know?  Because if his past performance is any indication, he knows exactly nothing about Iran or any other country in the Middle East.  Obama and Kerry just accomplished more in a few weeks than Bolton has in his whole life, other than spreading his own taste for hatred and violence directed toward non-white people.

And here's a comment on a post at National Review Online that brought a smile to my face:

"Unfortunately if there is no other solution then all that remains is a civil and hopefully military uprising. This is what the Demorats (crony capitalist Bolsheviks) have wanted all along so they can try to get total power over us."

"Capitalist Bolsheviks."  They don't care if it even makes the slightest sense.  They just string insults together even though the terms are total opposites.  Because it's not about politics or ideology, as I have often said.  All American Conservatism is about is "cut my taxes, and I don't care what I have to say or do to make you do it."  The love of money- the root of all evil; or at least of all right wing evil.

Dick Morris, Right Wing News:  "Obama and Reid Stage De Facto Coup d’Etat...on Thursday, there was a virtual coup d’etat on the floor of the U.S. Senate when the Democrats, in a party-line vote, stripped the Republicans of any role in judicial confirmations."

But they didn't strip the Republicans of any role in judicial confirmations- Republicans can vote yes or no on the appointment of any Federal judge.  If they are in the majority, they win; if they are in the minority they lose.  That's called democracy.  In the Republican system, we only have that when they are in the majority.  When they are in the minority, we have belligerence, threats and obstruction.  That's not called democracy, in case you were wondering.  It's called being an asshole.

John Hawkins, Right Wing News:  "No, Liberals, We’re Not Going To Help You “Fix” Obamacare."

Of course not.  You aren't going to help us fix anything.  You are too busy breaking more things.  That's just the way you are.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Going Nuclear

My two cents about filibuster reform:

To understand how essential this is, how it should have been done long ago, you have to start with Richard Nixon and the appointment of William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court.  When Nixon had a chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice, his initial choice was an unrepentant Southern racist named Clement Haynsworth.  The Democrats justifiably would not have this and the Senate rejected him.  Next was a equally bad Southern Racist, Harold Carswell.  He too was rejected by the Senate.  Following these rejections, Nixon wised up slightly and decided to appoint a non-Southern racist, an Arizona resident with a history of active voter suppression activities directed toward minorities- William Rehnquist.  By that time, the Senate, fatigued by the previous two battles, gave in and let Nixon have his way.

The Republicans learned a lot from this incident.  What they learned was that a long term strategy of belligerently promoting hard right wing judicial candidates when they had the White House, coupled with the use of every stonewalling tactic they could think of to prevent Democratic Presidents from picking judges, could gradually turn the entire Federal court system to the right, so they could win political battles there that they could never win through elections and the legislature.

This malicious scheme has been going on since the sixties, and we see the results today:  The choosing of a corrupt, utterly incompetent President who wrecked the economy, the military and our standing around the world, a series of decisions basically turning the government over to whoever has the most money, and a whole range of lower court rulings inevitably favoring the rich and corporations.  The consequence of the Democrats' failure to stand up to this sort of thing is a nonfunctional government leading a barely functioning economy, in which the crimes of the rich are ignored.

Now is the time for Obama to appoint judges and other officials who are real Democrats, real Liberals, to be followed by eight more years of the same under Hillary.  This can begin to turn the country back to working on behalf of people who are not part of a miniscule oligarchy.  The "nuclear option" was a step in the right direction, but only if Obama uses it to begin to eliminate the Republican taint that has infected practically all levels of the Federal judiciary.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Equal Justice American Style

We learned yesterday that a Republican Congressman was convicted recently of possession of three and a half grams of cocaine.  His punishment: one year of probation and a $200 fine.

Just like you or I would get, right?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's Getting Closer- Step by Step

Here's a Facebook post that makes good reading, courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

"We now have authority to shoot Obama, i.e., to kill him. His willful violations and alienation of our Constitution, constant disregard for our peaceful protests and corruption of all the three branches of government, (i.e., rogue and illegitiimate government), reveal the dictator that he is. Obama and his co-conspirators disrespect our Constitution (constitutional rule of law) and abuse the American people. The authority to kill Obama comes from the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution: He is levying war on the United States and aiding and comforting our foreign enemies -- the 2nd Amendment gives us the right and duty (authority) to engage an enemy of the United States that does so with the design to reduce us under absolute Despotism. I would be very surprised, if Obama does not leave Washington DC today (Nov. 19th) ...never to return, if he is not dead within the month. PLEASE JOIN US AT CHRISTIAN AMERICAN PATRIOTS MILITIA"

Christian patriots, huh?  I guess this is the way that it is okay to talk these days, if you are a right winger.  And isn't it funny that this guy who raves away about the second amendment does not have a clue what it says.  Where for example does it say that " the 2nd Amendment gives us the right and duty (authority) to engage an enemy of the United States that does so with the design to reduce us under absolute Despotism."  Of course, someone who would love to take a shot at Obama the way George Zimmerman loves to beat his girlfriends can hardly be expected to care much about what the Constitution says.

One person like this would be bad enough, but the Republican party has now spent decades breeding millions of these mad dogs, and you'd have to be a real Pollyanna not to think this is going to come to a bad end sooner or later.

The Revolution Marches On

You don't think I'm done beating up on the right wingers for their staggering failure yesterday, do you?  Not if you know Green Eagle you don't.  So, let's dive right in.

World Net Daily featured an amazing article today about the start of their revolution, with many pictures, not one of which showed the "crowd" of 100 that showed up, for some reason.  In fact, they seem to have not one second thought or feeling of shame at falling so far short of their prediction that millions would attend.  However, it did have some comments about the event:
"Crowd declares '2nd Revolution' outside White House
Calls for Obama's resignation: 'We the People have had enough!'

A George Washington impersonator read from the stage a revised Declaration of Independence composed by organizers. "Mister Obama and his collaborators," the man declared, should be personally responsible for the national debt."
That must have been quite something.  Here's more of what happened, from an article at U.S. News:
"Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, who emceed the event, told attendees if President Barack Obama does not resign by Nov. 29, conservative activists will meet in Philadelphia to elect a shadow government.

"We've got God on our side," Klayman said. "He's going to make sure we win this revolution."

"In the end [Obama] will feel the force of the American people, just like King George did," he said to applause.

The forthcoming convention in Philadelphia, Klayman said, will be organized within the next several weeks. A so-called "government in waiting" will be elected there, including a president, representatives and a cabinet, he said."
I just can't wait to see who they pick for their new President, etc.  That will be quite something.  And I'm so glad that God is on their side, seeing as how no American citizens seem to be.

Here are a couple of random comments from the World Net Daily article:
"We need the same thing today. Instead of a protest in a park or a one on the street via a permit granted by the government, we need a large protest on the street, in front of the White House, without a permit, where throngs of people simply sit down and refuse to move until Obama resigns"
 Yeah, that's what you needed, knucklehead.  Where were they?  I thought they were supposed to show up yesterday.  Oh well, maybe next time.
"150,000,000 Patriots with 300,000,000 AR-15s and 300,000,000,000 rounds of 5.56mm Ammo will kill a lot of Traitors."
You bet!  Half the population of the United States is going to go out there and start shooting at  the army, when they couldn't even get 100 people to show up for their demonstration.  300 million AR-15's will do the trick, particularly considering that the entire world production of M-16's since the Vietnam war is about 8 million.  And 300 billion rounds of ammo!  (the U.S. military seems to use about 1.8 billion a year.)  Based on current prices, that ought to set the patriots back about $130 billion dollars.  They should be able to pay for that easily, with the tax cuts they get by cutting all those poor kids off of food stamps.  This idea seems to be practical to some of the wingnuts though:

"...there are billions of private guns, registered and unregistered, to counter that. Our only problem is that their guns are bigger and they would be able to attack from the air.
We could storm their stockpile of ammo."
Yeah, they could just take the ammo from the government.  That will work just fine for their billions of imaginary guns.  What a bunch of infantile idiots.  

Nothing to See Here- Move Along

The Italian island of Sardinia just had a storm drop 17.3 inches of rainfall in ninety minutes.  Hey, that's normal enough, right?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Too Pathetic to Ridicule

As you know, I have been waiting with anticipation for today, the day that Larry Klayman has been promising for months that the massive crowd of millions that he would assemble on this date in front of the White House would drive Obama from office, end the Federal Government's right to control the States, etc. etc. etc. and basically destroy the United States as we know it:

"Obama's reckoning to come on November 19!Klayman Calls for the Masses to Force Resignation of Convicted President
Last Wednesday, the great usurper, Barack Hussein Obama, after having been indicted by an Ocala, Florida citizens' grand jury, was convicted by a people's court of defrauding the American people...The day of reckoning has come. Obama, having failed to plead in response to the indictment that was served upon him, waived his right to a jury trial. Thumbing his nose at We the People, as the citizens' prosecutor, I appeared before a citizens' court judge and presented evidence from Cold Case Posse investigator Michael Zullo showing that Obama tricked voters into electing him in 2008 and 2012. As a result, the citizens' judge found him guilty on two counts of falsifying information to federal and state election officials. He was thus sentenced to the maximum prison term for these offenses of 10 years, and ordered to immediately surrender himself into the custody of the citizens of the United States and Florida.
On November 19, 2013, a day that will hopefully live on in the history of our once great republic, I call upon millions of Americans who have been appalled and disgusted by Obama's descend on Washington, D.C., en masse, and demand that he leave town and resign from office if he does not want to face prison time."

And on and on.  In pursuit of his goal, Larry assembled a star-studded collection of wingnut wacko supporters and speakers: Alan Keyes, Pam Geller, Bob Barr, Joseph Farah, Larry Pratt, Bradlee Dean and many more.

Well, the day finally came.   Unfortunately the people didn't.  I must unfortunately announce that all of this work, all of the publicity this event got across the wingnut world, managed to produce an attendance of under 100 people.  From the whole nation!

This is beyond ridicule.  I never want to ever hear again a single person claiming that the tea party is anything but a gigantic mirage, that there are any real supporters for the filthy brew being sold by the likes of Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert.  The whole political battle in the United States now comes down to the people versus a few sociopathic mega-billionaires and the charade of a movement that they dance in front of the people when it suits their purpose.  We have been fighting a shadow, and all too often losing.  It is long past time that people stop pretending that the right in this country is in any way a legitimate movement, and get on with our lives.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie

Points guns at the girls and makes them cry.

Boy, I hope there are some ex-jurors in Florida tonight that have the decency to feel like the assholes they are.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Independence Day!

No, not that one.   This one:
I hope you people have not forgotten that this season's long series of Washington Rallies to Bring Down the Democrats is finally ready to reach its culmination this Tuesday, with Larry Klayman's heralded new Independence day:

"Two hundred thirty-seven years after the original Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, in my hometown of Philadelphia, we are again at the threshold of revolution, and indeed this revolution will begin on our new independence day, Nov. 19, 2013, when the Reclaim America Now Coalition, supported by the masses who are being summoned to Washington, D.C., that day, reads our renewed Declaration of Independence at a demonstration across from the White House beginning at 10 a.m. in Lafayette Park."

At that time, demands will be presented to the government.  Among them are that Obama must resign and submit to a ten year prison sentence ordered by a "Citizens' Grand Jury" organized by Klayman, that the United States must attack Iran immediately, that taxes on rich people must be drastically lowered, and of course that Obamacare and the IRS must be abolished.

If their demands are not met, what will be the outcome?

"We the People...solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Abolished from all Allegiance to the current government's regime, and that all political connection between them and the current government, is and ought to be totally dissolved"

I.e. "we the people" solemnly declare that we are adhering to the United States' enemies, giving them aid and comfort: or to speak more bluntly, if we don't get our way, we will all become open traitors to the country we claim to revere, without a second of remorse about the moral bankruptcy of our position, when the government stands in the way of our paying lower taxes.

"...and that as Free and Independent States, We the People have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, We the People mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor to save our beloved nation and preserve the freedoms bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers."

The freedoms "bequeathed to us" by the Founding Fathers; apparently when they created a document called the United States Constitution which specifically did away with all of that.

So, here it comes, the culmination of the right wingers' Fall of Discontent.  In their fantasies, it is going to result in the end of the United States of America, leaving in its place 50 States, each with the right to make war on the other 49.  This would quickly develop, I suspect, into something like the following:
Of course, what is really going to transpire on Tuesday is just one more occasion for Green Eagle to ridicule the wingnuts and their idiotic pretensions, and one more demonstration for the mainstream press to ignore that the entire "tea party" movement was never anything but a charade.  Still, the way things are going today, a cheap laugh isn't something to sneer at.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Obama's Catastrophe

The left has not even begun to accept the colossal failure that the Obama administration has foisted off on the nation with the miserable roll out of Obamacare.  I've heard so many progressives saying, "hey, it's not so bad, it'll all be over soon."  I've listened to Randi Rhodes and Stephanie Miller utterly rejecting the notion that this is a disaster, with Randi even resorting to that stupid cliche about Obama playing eleven-dimensional chess with the Republicans.  Well, they are dead wrong.  Obama has truly hurt not just the Democrats, but the country with his failure- with a three year lead time- to see to it that Obamacare worked adequately on rollout.  And since no one else is willing to do it, I will now explain why.

First, let me do away with one trivial Democratic talking point that I keep hearing:  that the rollout of the Bush prescription drug benefit didn't go any better.  Well, that was ten years ago, and ten years amounts to centuries in internet time.  It's like a car company introducing a new model that can't go over 40 miles an hour, and then saying that it's okay, because cars a hundred years ago couldn't go over 40 miles an hour either.

So, the first disaster that Obama's negligence caused was that it plays into a dominant view of the Federal government, which the press is always ready to push:  that we have two parties, one that won't govern and one that is incapable of governing.  Why should we trust people to run the government when they can't even get a website working in three years?  Maybe the Republicans are right- maybe Obama is a mirage who can give a good speech, but who can't really deliver the goods.  And honestly, right now, why should we think anything different?

Obama caused something far worse with this disaster, unfortunately, which has been almost ignored.  A month ago, large segments of the Republican party engaged in what was essentially a coup attempt, with the more or less open goal of replacing our government with a theocratic dictatorship.  As a result of that atrocity, for the first time, Democrats could see a path to winning back the House of Representatives, and restoring some semblance of a working government, as has happened in California with Democrats in control.

Today, a few weeks later, every shred of that progress among the voters has been lost, and we are right back where we started, with the likelihood of endless Republican sabotage for the remainder of Obama's term.  Obama managed to make everyone forget about one of the ugliest episodes in this country's legislative history, simply by demonstrating breathtaking incompetence and obliviousness.

And all of this comes from the same source, and it makes me wonder if Obama really is the brilliant guy we thought he was, or just a pedestrian thinker with a talent for public speaking whose pleasing image blinded us to his real inadequacy.  What is that?  It is his refusal, or inability, after all of the backstabbing he has received at the hands of the Republican party, all of the betrayal, all of the abuse, to accept the fact that they are not a loyal opposition, but a band of insurrectionists working night and day to destroy the government.  He is still trying to make deals with them, still putting Social Security and Medicare cuts on the table, in return for nothing, still accepting endless promises from Republicans which we all know they will not keep. And thus, he lets the country slip step by step into the dystopia that Republicans are working to create.

Obama cannot accept reality, and by stubbornly refusing to abandon his fantasy world, he is collaborating in destroying us all.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wingnut Wrapup

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Obama says no more more choice"

Aah, Sher, one of our favorites here.  Giving people healthcare equals no more healthcare.  And, as the Red Queen might have said, if you can buy into that one, they can sell you anything.

And a little bit more insanity from Renew America:

Tabitha Korol, Renew America:  "Ask any American to write the date (of Kristallnacht), and he'll write November 9 or 11/9. Ask any European to write the same date and he will write 9 November or 9/11. You see, the rest of the world always puts the day first, followed by the month; therefore, the date was 9/11. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was and Islamists are generally great admirers of Hitler and both cultures assign particular significance to special seasons and anniversaries. Kristallnacht began on November 9 (written as 9/11) and the World Trade Center was bombed by Islamists on 9/11. I suspect this was not a coincidence, but a deliberate choice."

Yeah, Tabitha, but if the date of Kristallnacht was 9-11, then the date of the World Trade Center bombing would be 11-9.  So, when you think about it...Oh, wait a minute.  Forget it.  What's the use?

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "ObamaCare is now sliding or perhaps slithering into home plate and has finally gotten the attention of most Americans.  So what could an old preacher possibly have to say about ObamaCare; isn't it totally out of his purview and field of expertise?"

Well, you've got a point there, Michael.  You really have nothing to say about Obamacare.  That didn't stop you though, did it?  Luckily for Green Eagle's readers, we can pretty well ignore the ignorant nonsense you had to spew out on the subject.  We've heard it a hundred times before.  The only difference with you is that you demean the God you claim to admire by tying his name to your hate filled garbage.

Michael Gaynor, Renew America:  "Obama lied, millions of insurance policies died" sad.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "Americans 'collecting torches, pitchforks' over feds' arrogance"

Torches and pitchforks.  Well, that will certainly be a comfort to them.

Jeffrey T. Brown, American Thinker:  " 'Pretty Good at Killing'   So said Caligula, so said Tamerlane, so said Stalin. And now it's our turn."

Actually, Jeffrey, I don't remember any of those guys saying that they were "pretty good at killing."  You just made that up.  I guess you are just "pretty good at lying."

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "WATCH: George W. Bush Thanks Our Veterans"

Why?  Why would I subject myself to that?  The guy who sent 5,000 of them to meaningless deaths is now going to "thank"  them?  For what?  Maybe for not tearing him to shreds.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "Calls for a president's impeachment are commonplace. I have written in the past that Obama was likely unimpeachable on the constitutional grounds of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.  Even so, I increasingly believe that Obama should be impeached."

Of course you do, Alan.  Why?

"I think impeachment is needed because we face three more years of Obama's presidency"

And if right wingers can't win elections, they're happy to settle for a coup.  That's Democracy, Republican style, folks.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "In my last column, I proposed some explanations for why many conservative parents have left-wing children. "

Sadly, I missed that column, but how about this explanation:  they aren't as stupid as their parents.  That seems to pretty much sum it up for me.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "GOT INSURANCE? LET’S GET LAID… New O-Care Ad Pushes Women to Be Sluts"

THE HORROR!  Get the smelling salts- I'm going to faint!  In any event, I think Obama may have hit on the perfect way to get more males to support him.

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE:  "Feds deploy microphones to record conversations"

What do you expect them to use, dimwit, a salami?

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "Bros and Hos: Obamacare's Bread and Circuses"

Not racist at all.  No.  I just wanted to make that clear.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "A Texas Republican plans to introduce a resolution of Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday.  Rep. Pete Olson’s (R-Texas) office said this morning that “this was not a decision made lightly”

Having a little trouble competing with your fellow Texas public servants, Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert, are you, Pete?  Well, knock yourself out- stupidity and lying never hurt a Republican yet.  Particularly in Texas.

Stephen Stone, Renew America:  "Since the Constitution grants the President of the United States the power to pardon himself and all other officers of the U.S. government for any crimes, misdemeanors, malfeasance, or treason they may be guilty of, Barack Hussein Obama can't be held accountable for his destructive, unlawful misdeeds through legal action.  Instead, the Constitution provides that a tyrannical president can be stopped ONLY THROUGH IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL BY CONGRESS...We the People thus have only one viable option, short of insurrection or sedition, for ending the president's reign of tyranny: IMPEACH and REMOVE the man"

An excellent summary- only one minor thing is missing: what he has done to deserve impeachment (other than winning a second term.)  Stephen never does get around to explaining that, of course, since we all know that no Democrat has a right to be President, and particularly a, uh, Blah one.  So, it is the duty of Congress to remove him.  I hope you can comprehend this unshakeable Republican logic.  Here's some more of Stephen's constitutional scholarship:

"The Founders intended impeachment to be a "NATIONAL INQUEST" that would openly expose destructive behavior by corrupt public officials before it's too late to stop them. Just the impeachment process alone — with its wide-open, unhindered hearings — is capable of sufficiently alerting the American public to conspiring designs and insidious actions by those who pose a risk to the nation's safety and security.

The hearings themselves make impeachment proceedings invaluable, because they serve to educate the people. In the case of Barack Obama, who has escaped any real accounting for his duplicitous, deceitful, media-protected lies and deceptions over many years, impeachment would put a halt to all that, and countless Americans of all persuasions (except the president's diehard collaborators) would be inclined to get out their pitchforks."

Well, leaving out the fact that not that many Americans really have pitchforks these days, it's really interesting to me to learn that impeachment is not really about removing the President for high crimes, but it is intended to be a NATIONAL TEMPER TANTRUM INQUEST in which people like Darryl Issa can smear Obama so badly that he cannot carry out the duties he was elected to pursue.  Well, give it a try, guys and see where it gets you- the rest of us are really tired of all the tough talk with no action.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "The bigots and bullies of secular fundamentalism will yammer on about the separation of church and state, and the horrors of recognizing Christmas in public settings, as if democracy itself will be shattered if anybody so much as mentions the name of the Prince of Peace let alone sings a song or two in his honor.  Well, they can save their breath, for Christmas is clearly, flatly, unequivocally and unambiguously constitutional.

In fact, Christmas itself is in the Constitution."

In the part written in invisible ink only perceivable to Conservatives, like the part about the second amendment being there so citizens can shoot police and soldiers if they think that is a good idea, or the part about corporations being people.

Heather Ginsberg, Town Hall:  "62% Say Clinton was a Better President than Obama"

I'll tell you what, Heather.  Get back to me when you find out what percentage say Bush was a better President than Obama.  That'll be interesting.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Posts

I just wanted to take a moment to talk about why I have been posting almost nothing lately. 

Man, could there be a more disgusting, boring time in American politics?  The Republicans have now perfected their ability to prevent the government from doing a single decent thing, and the Democrats, cowering in the corner as usual, won't even take the simplest actions (i.e. filibuster reform) to set things back on an even keel.  So, our country continues to lurch toward oblivion.

And in the meantime, our President sees to it that the rollout of his signature achievement is  a colossal failure, for which (sorry, guys) there is no real excuse, and which has utterly erased the polling bump the Democrats got when Republicans tried to destroy representative government a few weeks ago.

I've been talking about endless aspects of this problem for years, as have many others who can see what is happening right in front of them.  Of course, telling the truth is a guaranteed way to find yourself locked out of the conversation.  I'm just worn out with stating the obvious, largely to people who can already see it perfectly well on their own.

When there is something worth saying, I'll be there, but until then, it looks like little more than Wingnut Wrapup from me for a few days.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

How To Tell a Real Woman Foreign Reporter from a Fox News-Style One

Real- Christianne Amanpour:

 Fake-Lara Logan, of the recent Benghazi humiliation:

Get the difference?

Hint for the slow learners:  If you can't imagine Walter Cronkite wearing something like they are, be a tiny bit suspicious.

Bigger hint:  Real reporting is not done with your breasts.  Get it now?

Our Liberal Press, Chapter Ten Thousand

So by now we've all heard about CBS' show 60 Minutes having a lying right wing hack on their show to spread a completely fabricated story about Benghazi, which enabled the usual right wing maniacs to erupt again in a frenzy of false attacks on the Obama administration; and we have heard how easy it was for even semi-serious investigators to prove that the story was totally false.  We have heard how this malicious liar was, in return for this smear job, given a deal by Threshold Editions (owned by CBS) to publish his fallacious account of Benghazi.

The book has now been "withdrawn:" after it had done its job of spreading this phony narrative of the events in Benghazi, written in the first person by someone who turns out to have never been there during the attack:

"The publisher for Dylan Davies, the source of "60 Minutes" controversial Benghazi report, announced on Friday that they are pulling his book "in light of information" brought to their attention since its publication.  

Threshold Editions, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS, said in a statement they are notifying stores that copies of the book, titled "The Embassy House," can be returned to the publisher...CBS had already come under fire for not disclosing that the CBS owned Simon & Schuster was publishing a book by Davies about his Benghazi experience. Both Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and executive producer of "60 Minutes," and correspondent Lara Logan have said they regretted not including a disclosure."

So, one false book gets massive publicity.  And CBS has come "under fire."  That will, I am sure make them very sad.  In the meantime, here are some of the other authors published by Threshold Books:  Glenn Beck, Oliver North and Mark Levin.  Any one of these guys' books contain more lies that the Benghazi guy could hope to tell in his whole life.  When will CBS apologize to the country for distributing these other writers' hateful lies?  And more importantly, when will a network that pretends to have a news division stop selling right wing hatred and paranoia on the grounds that anything that makes money is fair game?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wingnut Wrapup

I want to start things off today with an article at Renew America by some human maggot by the name of Gina Miller, which pretty much lays out the thinking of the Cruz- Gohmert wing of the Republican party these days:

'U.S. military could stop Obama, so he's destroying it... Obama has already packed his administration with homosexuals, and he has also shoved the radical homosexual agenda onto our military with his successful campaign to remove the 1993 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which never should have been put in place to begin with. Our military, from its founding – prior to President Clinton – forbade homosexuals from serving, period. It should have remained that way..."

Well, there's a lot more along these lines, but let's cut to the chase here:

" At what point should they stand up against the anti-constitutional lawlessness of this administration? Do they have a duty to defend the Obama regime in its criminal behavior? Do they not have a duty to resist it?  I have no doubt that Obama fears a military coup against him and his administration...Barack Obama desperately needs to be removed from office. His systematic deconstruction of our once-free Republic is beyond treasonous. If he is not stopped, then by the end of his current term, his destruction of our freedoms, our economy, and our American way of life will likely be complete.

Again I ask, what will it take to stop Barack Obama?"

Well, there you go.  They can't get what they want through the ballot box, no matter how they rig elections.  They've tried to stir up a new Confederate rebellion, and haven't been able to get anyone but the usual lunatics to go along with that.  Now, they are calling for a military coup against Obama.  They are so lacking in self-awareness that they can champion this open treason, and yet tell themselves that they are the real, patriotic Americans.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "With the Virginia gubernatorial election only a week away, Democrats are staying true to their play book. Our Liar and Chief will campaign with the Democrat candidate this weekend "

That's "liar in chief," dumbass. 

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Intelligence Officials: Actually, the White House Approved US Spying on Foreign Allies"

Yeah, the Bush White House.  Guy forgot to mention that part.

Conn Carol, Town Hall:  "TEXT: Sen. Mike Lee on "What's Next for Conservatives"

Oblivion.  Or dictatorship.  We'll see.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "I Lost My Health Insurance Because Of Obamacare"
You lost your health insurance because you're stupid.  No, I take it back.  You lost your health insurance because you are such a right wing sucker that you'd rather die than admit that Democrats can do anything right.  This poor sap got a letter from his insurance company telling him that his  charges were going way up.  Unfortunately, most of us get letters like this every year from those greedy bastards, but this year they have a new twist- they blame it all on Obama!  And suckers like John eat it up.  Go on the exchanges and learn you've been ripped off.  No?  Okay, whatever.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "How to Appeal to the White Working Class"

This is really one of the stupider articles Green Eagle has read lately.  And that's saying something, believe me.  Mona says the following:

"Members of the white working class... are "suspicious of the idea that business leaders and financial experts have their interests at heart. ... Well over half believe that business makes too much profit and that Wall Street does more to hurt than to help the economy. Three-quarters believe that a few large companies hold too much power."
And by the way, let's just make it clear that people don't just "believe" these things, they know them, because these things are facts.    So, what is Mona's solution to this problem?  Well...she never really got around to that.  So, I guess it's back to racism and lies again.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone."

Great sadness, oh, great sadness!  That is what Dennis feels when he tells lies about a Democrat.  God, he must be the most depressed person on earth, because that's all he ever does.  Of course it is true that he never ever suggested that George W. Bush was doing damage to the country, while Bush and his buddy Dick were wrecking the economy, the military and our position as a world moral leader.  I wonder why that might be, other than my ever-increasing suspicion that Dennis has made it his life's work to make it from birth to death without ever telling the truth about anything.  So far, he's right on target.

Claudia Rosett, The Rosett Report:  "So, What Are We Doing About Syria’s Other WMD Program?"

What other WMD program? Well, who knows, really.  But we need to forget about the real WMD's which Obama is succeeding in eliminating, and instead worry about some other ones that might just exist, and that Obama has not eliminated yet. 

Cindy Simpson, Renew America:  "Ted Cruz is our Tilly Smith...Tilly Smith was a hero. Vacationing on a beach in 2004 in Thailand, the ten-year old Tilly immediately recognized the signs of the approaching tsunami and quickly warned fellow beachgoers, in time to save over a hundred lives..."

Well, at least, Ted acts like he is ten years old.

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "President Obama loves to golf. President Obama loves to campaign. President Obama loves to hobnob with celebrities. In fact, President Obama loves all the trappings of the presidency except, it would seem, actually doing the job of being President. "

And lucky for you guys that he isn't acting like your notion of a President, or you Republican traitors would all end up like Saddam Hussein.

Paula Boyard, PJ Media:  "At Least We Don’t Have Marauding Hippos in the Streets of America "

Except in New Jersey.  If you get what I'm saying here.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Where's the darn tea party?   I don't know about you, but I'm frustrated by the fact that no one is marching on Washington today despite the fact that the fabric of our nation is being destroyed in the greatest attack on liberty and self-government in the history of our country."

NO ONE IS MARCHING TODAY!!!!!  How can that be?  They're marching every other day- all two hundred or so of them.  And it's accomplishing so much.

World Net Daily:  "Comic Jackie Mason flays Obama as lying 'maniac.'   "It's such a ridiculous thing. The whole country's walking around wondering if this guy's really the president of a country. He sounds more like a maniac in an asylum," Mason said in a radio interview Sunday night."

Man, that's comedy.  It reminds me of the good old days, when you could catch a hilarious standup routine from Hermann Goehring or Father Coughlin.  Those were the days, huh?

And now, the most spectacular right wing idiocy of the week:

Patriots Ride for the Constitution:  "Obama Administration Proposes 2,300-Page “New Constitution”  He is working overtime to over throw our Constitution. Folks it is time to turn off the soap operas and Football games and get involved in Team America before we lose her! There is always SOME truth to these claims."

Some truth.  Right.  A right winger found this story on a satire site and didn't get the joke.  It's now spreading all over the wingnut world.  Because what could make more sense?

And now, enjoy this comment I ran across:

"One very important thing to mention here is that George H.W. Bush was a child in Germany at the time of WW II, who was groomed by the Nazi’s, was adopted by Prescott Bush and brought to America in order to “continue” the Nazi Regime, known now as The Fourth Reich."

Of course, at the same time that George H. W. Bush was a child in Nazi Germany, he was a pilot in the U.S. military, serving with distinction in the Pacific.  Hey, the Air Corps was filled with German children, right?

Jim Fletcher, World Net Daily:  “Whatever happened to Western civilization?” Swanson asks. “Somehow, Christians have lost ground in every cultural area of leadership and influence in Europe and America since 1700. This is an indisputable fact. The remaining Christians search for an explanation. They want to know how it happened.”

Maybe if the people who spend so much of their time going around calling themselves "Christian" weren't such a pack of greedy, hate filled, delusional jerks, things would work out better for them.  Jim believes that the decline of his idiotic cult is the result of a cabal which is attempting to corrupt mankind, and whose members include Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Locke and even Shakespeare.  Man, why don't these guys try to find a better way to spend their time?

Matthew Vadum, American Thinker:  "Yes, Virginia, the GOP Establishment did stick a shiv in Ken Cuccinelli"

If they did, it's the only decent thing they've done in years.  Say, guys, how about Ted Cruz next?

How Do These People Keep Their Jobs

Or not just slit their own throats out of shame, after taking money to write something like this.  Today's example, Richard Cohen, who got paid by the Washington Post to write as follows:

"I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children."

So Richard Cohen somehow forgot- forgot! that slavery was bad, and came to believe that it was a "benign institution" run by "benevolent whites" who just happened to believe that God gave them the right to own other humans.  And it took going to a movie to remind him of the truth!  Because otherwise he would have never figured it out on his own, or learned enough about our history to know the truth!

Why do I spend time searching the wingnut internet for examples of moral depravity and indifference, when the mainstream press has now reached the point where it has turned its megaphone over to people who feel free to state in public that they thought slavery was a pretty nice deal for the slaves?  What in God's name has gone wrong with this country, where malignant, hateful sentiments that, a few short years ago, were the property of neo-Nazis and unrepentant Southern racists, are now apparently reasonable enough that columnists for one of the most influential newspapers in the country freely admit believing them?

And yet these same people tell the rest of us that it is our responsibility to meet the haters halfway, as they venture further and further into the outer darkness of human depravity, guaranteeing that we are all just a few years behind them.

This is now the new reasonable, adult-in-the-room position- hey, that slavery wasn't so bad- that the slaves were grateful for their condition.  And if this son of a bitch hadn't seen a movie, he would still believe that, and would soon be telling us to get over it, that maybe the Confederates were right.

I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance…slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Today's Secession News

Almost blotted from the mainstream press by the East Coast elections yesterday was the fact that Coloradans in 11 counties decided to have themselves an electoral tantrum and vote to secede from the State.

How did that work out?  Well, the residents of five counties actually voted to secede:  Cheyenne, Phillips, Kit Carson, Washington and Yuma.  These five counties have a grand total of 29,405 residents (as of the 2010 census) or just over 1/2 of 1% of the population of Colorado.

The only county that really mattered in this whole nonsense was Weld County, home to the city of Greeley, and with a population of 252,825, far bigger than all of the rest of the secessionists put together.  In Weld County, voters crushed the bid for a new State by a vote of 58% to 42%.

The measure managed to win a total of 38,323 yes votes.  By comparison, a State Marijuana tax initiative has already gotten 650,000 yes votes with about 1,000,000 votes counted.

Naturally, this did not result in any introspection on the right.  Here, for example is a map featured at Gateway Pundit today:
The caption on this map was (I kid you not:)  "Counties in green voted today to secede from Colorado."

Maybe we do live on similar but separate planets.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Well, They Sort of Have a Point

"Republican Governors Association: Christie Win Shows GOP Can Win In Every State"

Yeah, all they have to do is nominate someone marginally sane.

Don't hold your breath, guys.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Why Insurance Companies Should Be Crushed, Not Regulated

The latest phony horror story about Obamacare concerns one Dianne Barrette, who is about to lose her current insurance policy because of Obamacare.  Dianne was on CBS moaning about losing her current plan and being forced into a more expensive one, and then has made her way all over the media.  “What I have right now is what I’m happy with,” Barrette said, demanding to know why she couldn't keep it.

Well, here are some of the details of what Dianne's current "insurance" plan covered:

Hospitalization:  Nothing
Prescriptions:  $15.00
Doctor's appointments:  $50.00
Outpatient services:  $50.00 for the following: mammography, osteoporosis screening, diabetes self-management, and complications from pregnancy- other than that, forget it.  If you need an MRI, for example, which can cost thousands- you're on your own.

Sad to say, my family has had some experience with health care costs over the last few years.  If you can't figure it out for yourself, let me tip you off to a little secret.  This is not health insurance.  Regardless of how little this deluded woman pays for this plan, it is nothing but a hideous racket which is bilking her out of money without any intent of ever providing her with real benefits in return.  It is a product of criminals, preying on the innocent and helpless, not health care professionals.

We hear every day how the "free market" can do a far better job than the government of dealing with this monstrous problem.  But the free market and the insurance companies have had a century to do that, and they have never done a damned thing which they were not forced to do, and they never will.

These people need to have their companies crushed out of existence.  They are monsters, feasting off of our lives, and we should not feel a second of regret at destroying them. 

A Couple of Things Not Worthy of News Coverage

So, the Republicans were alive with excitement the last couple of weeks about a 60 minutes report featuring a person who described being at the scene of the Benghazi shootings, climbing over a 12 foot wall, clubbing Al Qaida guys with his rifle butt, etc; and building a case that Obama and Hillary failed totally in their response to the incident.  Naturally, this was picked up with enthusiasm by the right wing blogosphere.  Here are a few samples:

World Net Daily:  "'60 Minutes' contradicts State's key Benghazi claim...Hillary's report denied forces delayed by orders to wait"
The Blaze:  "’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report Blames White House — Was ‘Planned, Sophisticated’ Attack on ‘Barely Protected American Compound’
Legal Insurrection:  "60 Minutes confirms Benghazi is a real scandal, and you’ve been lied to...60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi."
Power Line:  "60 Minutes: Benghazi Is Too Awful a Scandal to Cover Up"

And naturally, this "story" has resulted in the usual demands from the Republicans for yet more grandstanding Congressional hearings and abuse directed toward the Obama administration.

Well, it turns out that the guy was never at the Benghazi compound during the fatal incident.  He made it all up, and wrote a book about it, which just happens to be published by a division of CBS, the network that put him on the air to push his malicious lies about Obama and Hillary.

None of the Sunday talk shows, or pretty much anyone else in the mainstream media seemed to have a shred of concern about this.  Remember Dan Rather, a legendary journalist who was driven out of the profession for daring to try to report on the true story that George W. Bush deserted the army during the Vietnam War?  Nothing like that this time around, of course.

And now another story, the tale of this Ciancia guy who shot up LAX a couple of days ago.  The press has totally ignored the fact that the handwritten statement found on him when he was shot referred to the "New World Order,"  and something called "fiat currency," a concept popularized initially by followers of the Austrian school of economics (i.e. the usual right wing economic liars) and virtually unknown outside of hard right groups like the patriot movement and the Sovereign Citizens.  This makes it clear that this guy was a right wing terrorist, but it is not allowed to mention that fact to the American people. No, only Muslims can be terrorists- right wingers who shoot innocent people because of their sick ideology are just random crazy people, with no connection at all to the Glenn Becks and Alex Joneses who spend their lives inciting this kind of action.  After all, right wingers are patriots, who treasure freedom and liberty, and would never do anything to harm the country.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Horoscope for Today

"You're getting the respect you know you deserve -- you should start to see the signs by midday at the latest. Your terrific personal energy helps you to take it all in stride, but things are certainly on the right course."

Maybe my mother lied to me about what month I was born in.

Harry Fumbles the Ball Again

I suppose by now you have seen that the (very proper) decision by a Texas judge to throw out Texas' latest blatantly illegal attempt to crush abortion providers was promptly overturned by a Federal appeals court, all three of whose miserable, corrupt judges were appointed by George W. Bush.  We'll leave aside the fact that letting George W. Bush pick federal judges makes about as much sense as letting your parrot repair the brakes on your car.  What I want to focus on here is the fact that, since Richard Nixon's experience with getting the open racist William Rehnquist on the Supreme Court, the Republican party has engaged in a continuous and systematic campaign to appoint as many far-right, corrupt, corporate owned Federal judges as possible, while using every stalling tactic possible to prevent Democratic Presidents from appointing any judges, no matter how moderate (as the ones chosen by Obama have invariably been.  Where, for example, is an appointment going to Lawrence Tribe or Erwin Chemerinsky?)

This is simply a malicious and anti-Constitutional attempt to do the exact thing that right wingers have disingenuously railed against the left about for decades- achieve through activist judges what they could not win through elections and legislation.  It has now reached a new height with the serial misuse of the "filibuster" to prevent virtually any of Obama's appointees from being confirmed.  Thus, the Republicans hope to achieve through bullying and belligerence what they likely never again will win through the ballot box- and so far, it's working out for them.

Over the last two months or so, we have seen John Boehner subjected to withering attacks for placing retaining his position as Speaker of the House over his obligation to the country.  This criticism is totally valid, as Boehner risked a cataclysmic collapse of the world economy in order to stay Speaker.  Now, I think, we can make an almost identical criticism of Harry Reid.  In the face of endless betrayals and broken promises from Republicans, who continually promise to act responsibly in the future, but never do, Reid refuses to change the filibuster rules to end this abuse, because he does not have the moral courage for the fight to do the right thing.  And let me be clear- though this is a slow-moving train wreck, unlike the spectacular explosion that Boehner risked, it is just as fatal in the long run to the continued existence of the United States as anything other than a third world backwater.

Reid has been the weakest majority leader in my lifetime, and it is long past time that he should have gone.  We need someone that is going to protect us from this fatal infection of our judiciary, and after several years of his vacillating and dodging the issue, he is obviously not the person.

Chart for Today

Green Eagle has had some busy times at work, and then a computer failure at home, which have kept his squawking to a minimum the last few days.  All corrected now.  Here's a chart that I got from Daily Kos that says so much:

I added the pink blocks to show the Reagan-Bush I and Bush II presidencies, just in case you're interested.  I don't have anything else to say about this, because I (and everyone else on the left) have said it so many times before.