Thursday, May 29, 2014

Terry Schiavo's Lawyer- India is Calling

"An Indian court has been asked to rule whether a Hindu spiritual leader is dead, or actually in a deep state of meditation.

His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) religious order, died in January, according to his family.  However, his followers insist the guru is still alive and are refusing to hand over his body for cremation.

(Cult members)  say their leader is merely in a deep state of meditation.  Local governmental officials have ruled the situation is a spiritual matter and said the guru's followers cannot be forced to believe he is dead."

Really?  Well...I guess it's just a matter of opinion:

I rest my case.

Rep: Trent Franks: Obama Wouldn’t Care If Al Qaeda Attacked Texas

Neither would I.  I'm not even sure if we'd notice the difference.

Republicans are really, REALLY clamping down on the crazies. No, I mean REALLY!!!

From Daily Kos, this news:

"In a story about how allies of House Speaker John Boehner are planning a "crackdown" on anyone from the tea party who dares vote against re-electing him as speaker if he runs again after the 2014 midterms, Politico's Jake Sherman reports:
This time, Boehner’s allies are talking, too. They say they aren’t going to be bullied by a small pocket on the right."

Right.  And here is a prediction I will make for you:  This new found courage of theirs is set to expire on the second Wednesday in November, the day after the Congressional elections. Then, it's party time again in Washington, and Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert et. al. will be free to take the country on another magical mystery tour down crazy lane. 

This stunt is nothing but standard Republican practice: when there is an impending election, try to convince the gullible that all has changed with them, and once again their party cares about the direction of the country.  Unfortunately, it's worked many times before and it will probably work this time too. 

It's all so predictable, and yet even the dedicated and intelligent reporters at Daily Kos can't seem to see it.  Why should we expect the average voter to notice the latest dirty trick being played on them?

Obama's Foreign Policy Fails Again

Just ask Dick Cheney.  I mean, who better to explain to us the nature of foreign policy failure?

"Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted President Obama as the weakest president of his lifetime on Wednesday, following the president’s speech defending his foreign policy approach at the West Point commencement ceremony.

“He is a very, very weak president,” Cheney said in an interview with Fox News. “Maybe the weakest — certainly in my lifetime.”

Cheney went on to say that during a recent trip to the Middle East, allies he had “dealt with all the way back to Desert Storm” expressed alarm at the president’s handling of foreign policy."

Not that he was able to name any.  And of course they told him what he wanted to hear.  They were afraid he would shoot them in the face.

“They all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president,” Cheney said. “We’ve got a problem with weakness, and it’s centered right in the White House.”

It didn't reduce what Cheney laughably calls "the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world" when he and his buddy George invaded an innocent country, in the process turning it over to a Shiite theocracy.  No, there is nothing like a few hundred thousand meaningless deaths at our hands to convince people in the Middle East to let us "lead and influence" them.

So coincidentally, here's a story you won't hear much about, demonstrating Obama's lack of influence in the Middle East:

"Iran has neutralized most of its stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, leaving the country with only about a fifth of what it would need for such a purpose.

The report...said Tehran was meeting all other obligations under an agreement reached four months ago in Geneva that serves as a prelude to a comprehensive deal now being negotiated."

Obama's "weakness"  (i.e. sanity) is accomplishing what all the Dick Cheney warmongering and belligerence never could:  convince the Iranians that our government is not in the hands of out of control fanatics.

Funny how countries are so much more likely to cooperate with us when we don't act like violent maniacs who are just looking for an excuse to attack them.  But of course, that is "weakness," and it must be condemned, regardless of whether or not it leads to a safer world.

And by the way, what a sad country we live in where I had to learn about this United Nations report from Al Jazeera, because our press just isn't interested in it.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Running from Reality

I can't bring myself to write one more screeching tirade about the refusal of Obama and Democratic "leaders" in general, so I've reduced myself to recommending an excellent post along those lines by Driftglass.  Definitely worth a read, unless you're already too upset these days to take any more.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

I haven't been posting much lately.  Partly it's because we've been really busy at work, but mainly it is because so much of what the Republicans are saying these days is so detached from reality, that I don't think there is a chance that they really believe it all.  I think it is just a very noxious fog spread to force sane people to spend their time rebutting things like their anti-global warming tirades, the Hillary brain damage nonsense, and on and on, so we cannot deal with the real issues in this country.  Right now, I just don't have the patience to spend a lot of time disproving things that their perpetrators don't even believe for a second.  Anyway, hopefully we can still get a laugh from these fools, so here's a taste of where the right wing is today:

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Karl Rove forces Bill Clinton to provide relevant health information about Hillary Clinton...So, this is why Karl Rove rather loudly speculated about brain damage...So, point awarded to Karl Rove.  Say what you like about him, but he pretty much anticipated how the Left was going to react to his accusation, and then used it to get the story out there.  I believe that this is where one laments “If only Rove would use his powers for good…”

Oh right.  Rove just wanted to get the truth out there.  Like the truth that McCain fathered an illegitimate black baby, or that Ann Richards was an out of control Lesbian, or...I could go on and on here as you well know.  The truth, in case Moe is interested (he's not) is that Rove is the most despicable political hatchet man since Joseph Goebbels.

Streiff, Red State:  "Addled Harry Reid advocates amending the Constitution to restrict free speech...Under ordinary circumstances, one would think Harry Reid was simply playing to the under 90 IQ voters who make up the Democrat base. But with more and more people openly questioning his lucidity, one never knows. Unsatisfied with the Supreme Court’s rulings on political speech, and in the throes of a Koch brothers monomania, Reid has signed onto a proposal to amend the Constitution to allow Congress to regulate who can say what during public fellow traveler in this jihad to silence Americans is, of course, Chuck Schumer...On the other hand, Schumer is in favor of dead and imaginary voters influencing actual elections, hence his opposition to Voter ID."

He is not trying to regulate what we say in political debates, he is trying to regulate what we spend.  As if Streiff can't tell the difference.  And I love the phrase "fellow traveler in this jihad," economically accusing Reid of being both a Communist and a Muslim in one phrase.

Andrew C. McCarthy, PJ Media:  "In Nigeria, Obama’s Pro-Islamist Policies Have Negative Practical Results...The administration’s reluctance to crack down on Boko Haram owes to its sympathies for the Islamist case against the Nigerian government."

And where did you learn that, Andrew?  In the gutter, when you were drinking the sewage down there?   I've really never heard anyone make " the Islamist case against the Nigerian government," and neither have you. 

Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "Is Hillary Clinton the World’s Biggest Blunderer?  A career littered with mind-blowing errors.   Not only does Hillary Clinton have horrible taste in fashion (pantsuits…really?) She’s a lousy, blundering oaf when it comes to policy.   Islamist groups across the world have been angling for a way to get the blind sheikh, the Santa-hatted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist attack, released from prison in the United States. In fact, getting him released motivated the attacks on September 11, 2012, including the one in Benghazi, Libya, that Hillary Clinton later blamed on a YouTube movie."

The blind sheikh?  Well, that's a new one on me.  And since his incarceration seems to have preceded the creation of Al Qaeda, it would pretty well wreck one of your favorite lies about Obama, wouldn't it?  And by the way, what was the last time that anyone heard a male politician's clothing choices described as a mind-blowing error?  So, we're left with a preposterous charge about someone Bill Clinton put in prison for terrorism, who is allegedly now their BFF, as the only "proof" that she is a "lousy, blustering oaf."  You want blustering oaf, how about this:

And how about an explanation of why Operation American Spring got 130 people instead of 30 million?

"BEWARE. This is a staged event. “Operation American Spring” is a trap to set-up well-meaning “patriots” for acts of state-sponsored terror so that Obama’s political opposition can be vilified and a civil war can commence. Operation American Spring - is a CIA name that is synonymous with Islamic Terrorism. Anonymous (CIA) has also come out with warnings of cyber attack this weekend in support.

Only 1 thing going to stop them, and that is an all out civil war in this country, Only then will this tyrants leave. People are already looking for the fire that will light the fuse, NV could have been one but the feds backed down because they knew this is what they were looking for. It will not be long until something happens then we will see who is friend and who is foe. I for one am tired of being pushed around by and Out Of Control Government. I will buy what I want and will not be forced into buying healthcare or anything else they force on me.

The White House is the exterminator of humain. America is God, you the peoples are the servant. Support are troops to rape and destroy others country. You will all be punish for not worship the white house, obey or burn alive."

Hmmm.  Interesting.

Talking Points Memo:  "Obama Eyes Castro For Cabinet Spot"

WHAT?????  Obama IS a Communist!

Whoops.  Wrong Castro.  Sorry.

And now a little bit more about Operation American Spring.  I mean, why not?

Rixk Moran, American Thinker:  "Certainly, it's a worthy goal to attempt to force politicians to follow constitutional principles in making law. But for the overwhelming majority of Americans, it's a huge sacrifice for them to leave work and family for a weekend trip to DC. "

Oh, that's why Obama is still President.  It was a huge sacrifice to show up for the revolution.  Okay then.

"One assumes that 10 million people in Washington would be very intimidating, but did organizers really expect all of these politicians to resign peacefully?"

Maybe.  Who cares?

Engel's Friend, Washington Times:  "THAT'S IT; it failed again. I'm going into exile. I'm leaving the country soon."

Bye.  Don't forget the sun tan lotion before you hit the beach in Somalia.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Say, There Are Quite a Few Problems with Piketty’s Inequality Data"

In making his case, Piketty used data assembled by himself and his associates over the last couple of decades- by far the most complete collection of world financial data ever.  Leah, like most people paid to crank out right wing lies, just assumes that her intended audience is never going to read one word of Piketty's long and relatively challenging book, so she can just make up whatever she wants about what is in it.  Try reading it yourself, and discover why Paul Krugman says it is the most important economics book in decades.  And believe me, it's not because Piketty parrots right wing talking points like Leah and her associates.

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "It Begins: Grimes, Nunn Say Shinseki Must Go"

I really don't give a damn what this jackass has to say, but I did want to ask one question.  Why do so many articles on conservative blogs begin with the words "it begins?"  What begins?  Happy hour?  the Major League baseball season?  The start of muskrat hunting season?  What begins, already?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Streiff, Red State:  "The left often calls conservatives “anti-science.” This is simply an demonstration of the psychological phenomenon of transference when a person attributes their own feelings to another"

Perhaps we have here the first sighting of a previously unrecognized phenomenon:  transference transference.  The creativity of the Conservative mind knows no bounds.  Particularly those bounds involving a shred of rationality.

Streiff, Red State:  "Government negligence ... behind the GM recall"

It's Obama's fault!  He personally designed those defective parts. Or maybe because he saved GM from Bankruptcy, he is forever responsible for whatever they do, as it would have been so much more sensible to just destroy several hundred thousand American jobs the way Republicans wanted to do.

Daniel Horowitz, Red State:  "Steve King Takes on Senate Girly Men"

Rational analysis at its finest.  The very sort of thinking that is going to solve our nation's problems.

Rodrigo Sermeno, PJ Media:  "GOP Looks Forward with New Agenda for Poor and Middle Class"

Wonderful!  And let's see...what are Rodrigo's suggestions for helping the poor and middle class?  Less regulation on businesses, cutting taxes, damaging unions, doing away with the requirement to pay overtime if people are forced to work six or seven days a week,  more money taken from public schools for private charter schools... man, why does this list sound so familiar?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "“Virgin” Leaves Chilling Video to “Blonde Sluts” Before His Deadly Shooting Rampage at UCSB...So, are we looking at another leftist shooter?"

Not a shred of evidence, of course.  But why not get the thought out there, before the chance is gone?

As is my patience with the wingnuts today.  Bye.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Missouri Inmate

As they report at Talking Points Memo:

"BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday halted the execution of a Missouri inmate with a rare medical condition who challenged the state's refusal to disclose the source of its lethal injection drug.
The justices said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of Russell Bucklew, whose execution would have been the nation's first since last month's botched execution in Oklahoma..."

Gee, that's a change from the Supreme Court's usual tactic of just letting them die.  I wonder what could be different about this guy?
 Wait a minute- I'll figure it out any second now.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


We report- you decide.

A Couple of Things to be Angry About Today

Republicans in Congress, unable for years now to come together to back a single piece of constructive legislation, may be reaching a new low:

"Representative Duncan Hunter of California submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would authorize the “use of force against those responsible for the attack against United States personnel in Benghazi, Libya.” The amendment will likely come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week."

This insane bill would authorize the President:

"to use all necessary and appropriate force against those organizations or persons the President determines planned, authorized, or committed the attacks against the United States facilities in Benghazi, Libya that occurred on September 11 and 12, 2012"

There is no time limit on this authorization, and it would, effectively, authorize any future President to attack anyone else in the world, merely by asserting that they were somehow connected with Benghazi.  Just imagine what might happen if this power fell into the hands of a couple of lying warmongers like Bush and Cheney.  Oh wait- they already lied us into a war.  This would just make it easier for them to claim that we are just fine with that.

And now, what about the real terrorist murderers out there:

"WASHINGTON — Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations."

And of course we believe them, because who ever heard of the CIA lying?

"Since the C.I.A.’s vaccination program became public, dozens of public health workers in Pakistan have been killed, with militant groups sometimes announcing that the workers had been suspected of being spies."

And diseases that had been all but eradicated are now making a comeback, threatening the lives not of dozens but of tens or hundreds of thousands.  So who in our government or our press is going to stack this damage against the four dead in Benghazi, and state clearly who is the greater threat to the security of the world, Al Qaida or our own CIA?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Still Not There

The ten million, as far as I can gather, have yet to show up.

Here's some response to the event on Friday from the website of Patriots for America, organizers of the mighty event (the Operation American Spring website, in fine Conservative tradition, has had absolutely nothing to say about it.)  Needless to say, they are having a little trouble with the truth:

"I am trying to stay positive, but based on what response I have seen on Video's from OAS, we are a bust and I am afraid that the next step will require those of us, Veterans and Patriots that still support the Constitution to take up Arms and Die in the process of removing this current government....The battlefield is the next stop and God help us all, blood will be flowing all across this land unlike any battle long before....."

The battlefield is the next stop.  Well, they had better show up with more than 130 fighters, or it will be a short battle.  Here's some advice to you guys:  Spread out. That way it will take more than one drone shot to end your revolution.

 "Col. Riley set up OAS to continue as long as it takes; most who are coming later refer to it as 'the second wave.'

The second wave.  I can't wait.  Maybe 200 will show up then.

"The next thing will be an all out Revolution, because peaceful demos/protests are ignored and no longer make news."

You know what?  Your "peaceful protest" made plenty of news.  Not the kind you were hoping for, I guess.

"I am surprised that little planning was done for live feeds of the event"

Lucky for you, too.  Live feeds of nothing really aren't what you were looking for.

"Hey Col. Riley, You need to put someone on a horse dress in a Paul Revere outfit and send him up I95 yelling the british are coming. That will get on mainstream news and maybe wake some people up...If people would just walk from their homes you could get millions."

Millions of what, horseflies?  Right, all you needed was a horse, and Obama would have been in custody today.

And now it is time to look at some of the photos purported to be of Friday's event that were posted on this website:

 Yes, this was published as a picture of Friday's event.
As was this one
 And this.  I love the photoshopped drones, but I guess the size of the crowd was even funnier.  Is there anyone in the country self-deluded enough to believe these are pictures of Friday's march?
 And I selected this one to represent many photos claimed to be police manhandling protesters on Friday- all from other events (most of them Occupy marches, of course.)  Of course it's necessary for these guys to claim government suppression in order to explain their failure, but once again, who that knows anything about what happened on Friday can fall for this?  Are they just preparing for a time in the future when memories of Friday's turnout have faded, and they can claim that these photos represent the reality of a huge popular uprising, viciously suppressed by the government?

And finally, my favorite:

Yes, some idiotic jackass actually posted this picture in the belief that his fellow right wingers would believe that it showed Friday's crowd.  Stupidity has no bounds.
"What they need to be doing is mobilizing the more time that is wasted just gives the left wing radicals more time to demonize the patriot movement"

Demonize?  I think the word you are looking for is "ridicule."

"We got less than the millions predicted because of treasonous talk like yours.  You play a good game - pretend to hold the constitution in one hand, but on closer inspections, it's a pact you have made with Satan."

Satan. I think the pact we have made is with sanity.  And with that, enough.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Oh God In Heaven Above, Not Again

Well, today was the big day- Operation American Spring, when somewhere between ten and thirty million people were going to swarm into Washington D.C. and refuse to leave until Obama, Holder, Pelosi et. al. were frogmarched out of their offices and put on trial for treason.

Well, what the hell did you expect?  It looks like, after months of agitating, the organizers of this march managed to entice something on the order of 120 or 150 people to actually show up.  Here are a few photos of this pathetic spectacle:

Only in the last one can you even imagine that you are looking at more than a few dozen people.  I particularly like the acres of chairs set out for an audience that stayed home.

Well, I am going to avoid Green Eagle's usual derision, which he would normally deliver in ample quantity toward these very deserving targets, because there is, I think, a serious point to be made about these continuing failures.  And this is the point: the right wing in this country is, by and large, a charade- a chimera created by the Republican party, and paid for by their rich backers, to create the appearance that a large part of the country is behind them.

On the left, we have had many really large protest movements over the years, including the great civil rights and anti-Vietnam marches of the sixties, which drew crowds of hundreds of thousands to Washington, and very large numbers to other cities as well.  We had similar things in the Bush Administration.  I remember being at a Washington march against the Iraq war a few years ago, which was attended by about 350,000 people, and which was virtually ignored by the mainstream press.  The Occupy movement drew large crowds in cities all over the country, despite a vicious campaign of repression against them; criminal behavior on the part of the authorities which has never made it into the consciousness of the vast majority of Americans.

What does the right have to counter this?  Really, nothing.  As I have spent years documenting, the Tea Parties were very largely a bought and paid for creation of the Koch brothers and a few other rich vultures.  Yet, if you ask people which was a larger movement, the vast majority of Americans would say the Tea Party, because their pathetically small marches received vast publicity in the mainstream press.  This has been essential to maintaining the constantly repeated illusion that the United States is a "center right" country; the "center right" being whatever suits the interests of the rich.

Of course, a guy like Larry Klayman, the perpetrator of the last of these farces, knows fully well what is going on.  With a history of creating evil mirages including leading many of the lying attacks on the Clintons, participating actively in the Swift Boat smears on John Kerry, and being one of the main promoters of the birth certificate lies, he knows what he is up to.  But I don't think the suckers (now totally destroyed as credible political figures) who led today's idiocy were like Klayman.  I think they really bought into the preposterous fantasies about how many people in this country were so filled with rage and hatred that they were willing to destroy the whole thing, regardless of cost. 

Well, they were wrong, and we need to not be suckered like they were. It is time for all of us to stop buying into the well-financed dog and pony show put on by the right, and realize that we do hold the power- the number of people who want nothing more than a decent life for themselves and their families is vastly larger than the number who will trade their lives in on a chance to start shooting a bunch of government employees, or maybe some black people.  Of course, this requires finding a way to stop the uber-greedy from buying the whole country, and perhaps generating so much suffering in the process that we really will see apocalyptic violence played out all around us by ignorant, enraged suckers who will live and die never seeing that they are nothing but tools of someone who will sacrifice them without a thought.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Operation American Spring Approaches

Well, Obama has only two more days as President, before he is dragged from the White House and placed on trial for treason in front of Ted Cruz and Allen West.   The organizers of Operation American Spring, called for Washington this Friday, are now predicting between 10 and 30 million people to show up, to force Obama from office, strictly, as the organizers tell us, in accord with the U.S. Constitution.  Once again, they are apparently referring to the parts of the Constitution written in invisible ink that only wingnuts can read, as I don't remember the part of the Constitution that provides for this method of changing leaders.

Here's a little bit of the thinking of one of the leaders of this event, a Colonel Riley.  Just to make it clear, I don't have a clue who Mort is:

"Mort: Your hoping 10 million people will show up for OAS, isn’t that kind of high?

Col. Riley: In less than 30 days of the call for the massive “movement to action” in Washington, D.C., nearly every State in America, every political persuasion, rich, poor, every color, all ages, men, women,  liberal, conservative, independent, unemployed, et al are now mobilizing to participate in this peaceful, non-violent, cause in the search for constitutional restoration for America. We have well over 1 million militia members mobilizing; bikers, truckers, hunters, Tea Party groups….citizens across America. No, I don’t think 10 million is high at all…"

Don't put any money on it, bucko.  For a sense of the likely scale of this event, the SPLC estimates the current total militia membership in the country as about 22,000.

"Mort: OAS will be using civil disobedience in the hopes of shutting down D.C., why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Col. Riley:  God has made a way for freedom and liberty loving Americans to answer the call in defense of our nation."

Why, we ask, has no one ever thought of mass civil disobedience in Washington as a form of protest?
 Apparently, God waited until this very weekend to place this idea in the mind of his faithful followers.

Any way, I suspect this is a little more what these guys have in mind:

"Barack Obama is a fraud. Never before have we faced any enemy that has  resembled a slow growing, but deadly cancer creeping throughout America represented by betrayers, deceivers, political operatives, that have no allegiance to the United States.

It is unclear how this will all unravel but we are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration."
Restoring the Constitution by destroying it,  What a brilliant idea, which could have only occurred to the minds of Patriots!

I was thinking of going to Washington for this historical event, but given that it isn't receiving a shred of the support from the likes of Fox News and the major right wing blogs that previous marches to cast out Obama have had, and thunderstorms are predicted for all day Friday in Washington (apparently God wasn't behind this event enough to take care of the weather,) so somehow I suspect that the turnout will fall a little short of 30 million.  What do you think?  I can hardly wait to find out how many PATRIOTS!!!!!!!! there really are in our country.  I wonder if there will be more than the 130 that showed up for the last time Obama was thrown out of the White House, in November of 2013.

Needless to say, want it or not, you are going to hear from Green Eagle what happens.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

That's Just the Way They Do Things

From (who else?) the utterly shameless Karl Rove, we now have the Birth Certificate issue for the 2016 campaign:

"Karl Rove appeared on Fox News on Tuesday to double-down on his earlier insinuations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) might have suffered some sort of traumatic brain injury that could prevent her from becoming president.

The New York Post reported Monday that Rove told a conference last week that Clinton had spent “30 days in the hospital.” “And when she reappears,” he recounted, “she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

In fact, she spent three days in the hospital, and left wearing totally normal dark glasses.

 Rove's former colleague Nicole Wallace had this to say:

“I worked with Karl for a long time. This was a deliberate strategy on his part to raise her health as an issue and, I think in his view, a legitimate line of questioning ahead of the next campaign,”

I can guarantee that, just like the birth certificate, this is going to become a source of endless baseless Republican attacks on Hillary if she decides to run.  They will demand more and more medical records, and no matter what she produces, it will never be enough, so they can declare with righteous indignation that she is hiding a horrible secret which makes her unable to be President.  This will be all over the right wing media within a couple of days, and like the birth certificate, it will never go away no matter how obvious the truth is.

And what a country we live in where, no matter what else happens, there is always a Karl Rove, ready to attach his name in public to the most disgusting smears, and there are always rich vultures like the Koch Brothers to provide the money to spread those smears.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, this again.

Boy, you want to start out with something pathetic?

Man, I bet that made your day.  Did you love that synth that sounds like it was built during the Reagan administration?  Comments were disabled for this video.  I wonder why?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Sarah Palin: I Hope Becoming a Grandma Will Turn Hillary Clinton Pro-Life"

Sarah, did you notice that Hillary brought her daughter up to wait until she was married to have a kid?  Some other political figures who are convinced that they hold the whole secret of right and wrong might do well to think about that.

Rebecca Hagelin, Town Hall:  "Culture Challenge of the Week: Mother’s Day after Abortion"

Funny, only a challenge for right wingers. 

Steve Chapman, Town Hall:  "On Town Prayer, the Majority Has Its Way"

Of course, they don't get their way on protecting Social Security and Medicare, prosecuting Wall Street criminals, cutting back our absurd military budget, keeping our water and air clean, or anything else that really makes a difference .  But they can pray about it at a city council meeting.  That will be a comfort to them.

Daniel J. Mitchell, Town Hall:  "Laughing at another Spectacular Obamacare Failure"

This would be a big problem with the software used for the program in Oregon.  I'm not sure what is so spectacular about it, but that is what Republican railing about Obamacare has come to- down in six months from "Obamacare is going to turn the country into a Satanic Communist dictatorship" to "the software in Oregon is buggy."  I guess that's why they've dug Benghazi out of its grave and reanimated it like something in a Lovecraft story.

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "WH Press Briefing: No Questions Asked About Benghazi, IRS Scandals "

God in Heaven above, Doesn't anyone have any respect for lies anymore?

Streiff, Red State:  "Keep the Benghazi Select Committee Select"

That way, Republicans can tell any lies they like about what supposedly happened, and there's not one damned thing the Democrats can do about it.  Democracy at work, hooyah!  Here's a sample of Streiff's thinking:

"The House Select Committee will have a partisan make-up of 7 Americans and 5 Democrats. This ensures some real investigative effort will be devoted to uncovering the truth."

Right.  Americans and Democrats.  Just like the Republican committees that have already "investigated" Benghazi.  How can someone even write something this cynical without falling over in some sort of fit?

John Hayward, Human Events:  "Sen. Ted Cruz issues new report on the Obama Administration’s abuses of power"

Oh boy, that should be interesting.  More "Presiding While Black," I'd guess.  A clearly impeachable offense.

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media:  "The Gosnell Movie: The Truth, for a Few Dollars More...No Hollywood studio has the courage to tell the story..."

That would be Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a very bad abortionist who is now in jail.  No Hollywood studio had the stupidity to tell a story that no one wants to see except lunatic wingnuts.  Proof of the evil of Hollywood.

And now, one of the more pathetic attempts to smear Obama I've heard lately:

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Germany is one of our strongest allies, and Angela is one of my closest partners," said Obama. But since Russia is Germany's partner, what does that say about Obama? The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place in front of our eyes."

Right.  Because Germany has diplomatic relationships with both the U.S. and Russia, Obama is clearly a Communist.  Now I understand everything.  If I can just force these last puzzle pieces into place,  I can go mad and get it over with.

Erik Rush, World Net Daily:  "The extent of these machinations, both in terms of time and scope, is positively dizzying. Whether this serial treason was taken on for reasons of narcissism, power and a false sense of invulnerability (as I suspect it was for the Clintons), or due to an abiding hatred of America and the desire to see her brought low (as was most certainly the case for Obama and his mixed bag of Marxist and Islamist ideologues), it still spells serial treason.

Whether the Select Committee on Benghazi will settle for the impeachable offenses (which will be essentially worthless in the practical sense), or the treasonable ones, again, remains to be seen."

Oh boy, is Obama in trouble now.  Will they settle for just impeaching him, or will it be hanging? 

And just in case you missed the really big stories today: 

Before It's News:  "Lost City of Atlantis was on Mars – Irrefutable Proof"

I have a feeling that this story is from way before it's news.  Now, how about this one?

Before It's News:  "SOMEONE!! Used Huge Nuclear Reactor in Africa 2 Billion Years Ago"

And not just someone- SOMEONE!!  Maybe the ancient old ones?

Boy, the Republicans are reminding me of Lovecraft today.  Something about the return of an ancient evil, I guess.

Jeff Crouere, Town Hall:  "The Big Lie Exposed: Liberals Hate Diversity"

World class projection.  And I mean world class.

And who could pass up this major story:

Garth Kant, World Net Daily:  "Hollywood glamour gals wake up to holy war"

And no, I couldn't really make my way through this pile of crap.  Sorry. So we'll never know what they did when they got out of bed.

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:  "On America's campuses, all that is not permitted is forbidden."

I suppose we have to agree with that one, don't we?  How, exactly, it proves that liberals are the real fascists...well, sorry, I didn't care enough to find out.

And actually, I don't care enough to find out anything more about the wingnuts today.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Green Eagle Thinks Like a Republican

Don't try this yourselves- Green Eagle's parrot brain isn't big enough for it to have any lasting impact on him.

So, BENGHAZI!!!!!!  Whatever it was that happened in Benghazi was supposedly enough to derail Obama's reelection if the American people know the truth, right?  I mean, that's why he had to lie about it.  Or so they say.

Well, as Green Eagle delights in pointing out over and over again, Republicans pretty much stick to accusing Democrats of things which those very same Republicans are actually doing.  Drove the deficit through the roof?  Blame the Democrats for spending too much.  Bad at running wars you started?  Call the Democrats weak on defense.  Embarrassed every day or two by your own heroes turning out to be unrepentant racists?  Go on TV to claim Democrats are the real racists.  Work on behalf of no one but the obscenely rich?  Accuse Democrats of being the real "elitists."  Well, you get the idea.  So now let me go on with my main point.

Qui Bene, as Scotland Yard used to ask.  Who benefits?  Who would have been the main beneficiaries if a horrible foreign disaster really had struck Obama a few weeks before a Presidential election?

You can see where my "thought process" is leading me here.  There is every bit as much reason to wonder whether the Republicans themselves precipitated the Benghazi massacre as there is to believe that Obama committed some horrible crime that, in two years, no one has been able to identify.

We know (although God knows we were encouraged to forget it) that the Bush family and the Bin Laden family were very close, and that our previous President enjoyed holding hands with and kissing various Saudi Sheiks.  Suppose the Republicans diverted a few million from the billions of rich-guy money they had to throw around before the 2012 election, and, via the Bush family, financed an attack by Al Qaida on the Benghazi compound, on the theory that this was a better expenditure than a few million dollars more spent on TV ads in Ohio and Florida.  Suppose that, despite their bluster, they could read the real polls and saw a stunt like this as the only way to pull Mitt Romney out of the fire.  And then, when the American people didn't respond as intended to this provocation, the Republicans couldn't let go of it, and spent the last two years obsessively trying to ram it down our throats.

Well, as I said, it's the Republicans who stood to benefit from a disaster at a consulate overseas.  I think there is easily as much reason, based on their past behavior, to believe the Republicans were behind the Benghazi disaster, as that it had anything to do with the Obama administration.

What I am suggesting is that every time the Republicans have another hearing or press conference on the Benghazi nonsense, the Democrats have one too, to investigate whether the clearly treasonous Republicans were behind the whole thing.  Subpoena every scrap of financial information from the Koch brothers, Karl Rove's group and every other identifiable source of big Republican campaign money, and have it torn apart in public by government lawyers and accountants to find the funds that were funneled to the terrorists.  Call an endless succession of Republican politicians to the witness stand under oath to testify in detail about their behavior and their anti-administration remarks, and demand voluminous documentation to support their testimony from every one of them.  Have Democratic leaders on every talk show and TV news outlet making vague, sinister accusations about Republican behavior during the 2012 election.  And make it absolutely clear to the American people that it is the Republicans' job to disprove these implications, not their accusers' job to prove them.

See how they like it for a change.  It would be good for a laugh anyway, and God knows, after reading the news, we could use one.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Another Little Lie From That Whiner Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is still furious that Candy Crowley intervened in a Presidential debate she was moderating, to point out that Mitt Romney told a big fat lie about Benghazi:

"Rep. Paul Ryan is still complaining about CNN’s Candy Crowley’s 2012 debate moderation. Specifically, about the fact that she corrected Mitt Romney for saying President Obama took 14 days to call the 9/11 attack on the Benghazi compound “an act of terror,” when Obama said those words in the Rose Garden the very day after the killings of four Americans.

Talking to Hugh Hewitt Wednesday night, Ryan rehashed the Crowley moment, agreeing with Hewitt that it was “perhaps the most significant intervention by a member of the media in a presidential campaign ever.” While Ryan wouldn’t speculate about whether Crowley would do anything different if she knew what we know now (more on what we know now, later) he alleged that Crowley “violated the rules of the debate.”

And what's more, he is spreading a deliberate falsehood.  Even though I bet you never heard about this, I am sure Paul Ryan has:

In a 1980 Presidential debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, it so happens that someone from the Reagan camp managed to steal Jimmy Carter's debate briefing book, which his aides had assembled.  This book was used to prepare Reagan for the debate.  One of the people coaching Reagan using this briefing book was that paragon of Conservative journalism, George Will.  Not only did Will fail to disclose the fact that the briefing book had been stolen, but he did not even reveal that he aided Reagan in preparation for the debate.  And after the debate, Will went on television and proclaimed to all what a great job Reagan had done.

Many of you will have no knowledge at all of a reporter named Janet Cooke.  She worked for the Washington Post at around the same time, and was caught having fabricated a story about a little boy who was addicted to heroin.  For this crime, she was fired, and her entire journalism career destroyed, even though the story hurt no one.

For participating in an abominable deceit on the American people that directly affected the outcome of a Presidential election, Will faced no penalty at all, and has continued for decades to enjoy a lucrative career as a "journalist," with his reputation unstained by any unpleasant recollections about an incident that dwarfs any wrong Candy Crowley might have committed.

Well, it's okay when they do it.

The Truth from the Mainstream Press

I guess we need to give credit when credit is due.  The New York Times, which has so often willingly played a malicious role in spreading Republican propaganda (remember Judith Miller and Bush's Iraq lies?) has a tremendous editorial today, along the lines of what they should be writing every day.  Here are a couple of excerpts, although I suggest you read the whole thing.  You'll enjoy it:

"The hottest competition in Washington this week is among House Republicans vying for a seat on the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal...

They won’t pass a serious jobs bill, or raise the minimum wage, or reform immigration, but House Republicans think they can earn their pay for the rest of the year by exposing nonexistent malfeasance on the part of the Obama administration...

Four Americans, including the United States ambassador, died in Benghazi, and their deaths have been crassly used by Republicans as a political cudgel, wildly swung in the dark. They have failed to provide proof for any number of conspiracy theories about the administration’s failures, including the particularly ludicrous charge from Representative Darrell Issa that Mrs. Clinton, then the secretary of state, told the Pentagon to “stand down” and not help defend the American compound."

See, Times editors, it isn't that hard to tell the truth; and if you had been doing that for the last couple of decades, our country would not be in the shape it is today. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

And You Think Time Warner Cable is Bad

Here's a wonderful little excerpt from a children's TV show from the Palestinians:

Nothing like bringing our kids up right, huh?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Such a Sad Story

Things aren't going so well at the Bundy ranch, apparently.  Here's a sad post from one of the brave Patriots there:
We feel your pain, Harley.  By the way, are you passing out numbers like they do at the deli, so we can go to a movie or get something to eat while we're waiting for our turn?

Where's the March?

May 16th, now less than two weeks away, has been promoted for months as the day that somewhere between two and ten million PATRIOTS!!!! are to show up in Washington to force Obama, Holder, Biden, Pelosi and other Democrats out of office, and place them on trial in front of a tribunal chosen by the patriots- all, they assure us, to be strictly in accord with the Constitution.

Well, Green Eagle, who as you know has an unhealthy interest in these inevitable humiliations, has been following the runup to the great day, and something strange is happening.  Starting around late March or so, there was less and less online in the way of posts about this event.  Some of their websites don't seem to have been updated in a couple of months, and the instructions to their millions of alleged followers have withered away.  And as far as I know, the coverage on Fox, normally a great source of free publicity for these idiots, has been nonexistent.

Now, when the Bundy ranch tantrum took place, and somewhere around 1200 or so wackos showed up to scream their defiance and wave their guns around, I thought that the Washington march might get quite a boost from the publicity.  But that doesn't seem to be happening.  Maybe large cells of militia members are preparing in utter secrecy, but that has never happened before among this notoriously loudmouthed group of bad citizens.

So, is this right wing march on Washington just going to be one more pathetic failure like the others I have reported on over the years, benefiting no one but the people that hopped on the bandwagon early and got off with pockets full of their fellow-travelers' money?  I'll be keeping my eyes open, and I'll get back to you.

Update:  Ask and ye shall receive:  Right Wing Watch has a post about the May 16th march, featuring one of the organizers suggesting that  Obama may very well strike the marchers with a drone attack:

"Terry Trussell, Operation American Spring’s chief of staff, told “Patriot Nation” host Mark Hoffmann last week that organizers are “expecting the unexpected,” including a drone strike. He noted, though, that a drone strike could reflect negatively on the administration: “When the government destroys the capital just to get rid of us, I think it’s going to work to their discredit.”

Man, this could be one fun weekend.

Monday, May 5, 2014

When Obamacare Works

A brilliant chart from Daily Kos which reveals it all:

Republican reporting.  What can you say?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

It's like tornado debris in Oklahoma- you've got to shovel it out of your yard before the next tornado comes along:

Town Hall: Actor: Obama Doesn’t Even Share a ‘Nodding Acquaintance’ With the Constitution"

That would be James Woods, who, as we all know, doesn't even share a nodding acquaintance with reality, let alone the Constitution.

Stupidity from the Stupid:

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "The wild environment isn't just about trees and bears and other forms of charismatic mega flora and fauna. I heard Bill Gates on NPR the other day talking about the great strides his foundation has made against malaria and how we may be on the brink of actually eradicating polio forever. Diseases play a huge part of any natural ecosystem, and we've been trying to drive them to extinction for centuries."

In other words, if we eradicate polio, it's okay to eradicate any other wild species too.  There's logic for you.

Streiff, Red State:  "Hillary Clinton: Source of the Benghazi Video Lie"

Oh God, won't it ever stop?

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "New Benghazi Emails Mean Obama Impeachment Trial Must Be Launched"

Of course they tell us nothing, but then, to wingnuts, everything means Obama's impeachment trial must be launched. 

Tom DeWeese, Renew America:  "Is the U.S. being colonized by Red China?"


World Net Daily:  "Supremes green light detention of Americans"

Diana Ross?

Heather Adams, Town Hall:  "Much of is Still Under Construction"

And it still got eight million signups despite hundreds of millions spent by Republicans to make it fail.  So what's your point, Heather?

Town Hall:  " Rand Paul:  GOP must grow to win"

Or cheat and lie like hell.  Based on past performance, which one do you think they'll go with?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: Media Matters Chief David Brock Admits to Working with Media Outlets on Stories...This morning on CNN’s Reliable Sources Brian Stelter asked David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, how his group operates both independently and collaboratively with other journalists and media watchers."

Apparently a major crime, for some reason.  Brock could have saved himself from this criticism by just repeating GOP talking points like Jim does.

Karl Rove:  Jeb Bush is "the greatest thinker on our side."

Man, that's pathetic, huh?  And here I thought it was Louie Gohmert.

J. R. Deen, American Thinker:  "Donald Sterling, Defender of Freedom"

Yup, that's one right winger's response to Sterling's behavior.  Hard to believe, isn't it?

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Obamacare's Success Depends on Where You Live"

Youre damned right about that one, Kevin.  In States controlled by Republicans, they have managed to sabotage the effort to get people health insurance.  Aren't you proud of yourselves?

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Here's something that's really odd. Let's say at the end of last year there were almost 50 million uninsured people in the United States. Averaging over all the different estimates, let's say that 5 million of them have now acquired insurance because of ObamaCare. But now it's April and the open enrollment period is over. That means that 90% of the uninsured are still uninsured and they won't be able to buy an individual insurance plan until next November."

The outrage!  Republicans, who have voted 45 times to destroy Obamacare totally, are now furious that people can't get on it fast enough.  And you know what's really sick?  Their base voters will buy this without a second thought.

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "Why do Obama and Clinton (but no Republicans) Eulogize Gabriel Garcia-Marquez?"

Because Republicans are so bloated with their irrational hatred that they can't take a moment to honor one of the world's greatest writers, because he has a Hispanic name?  That's my guess.  It interferes with their propaganda that Hispanic males are capable of being nothing but gardeners and drug dealers.

Selwyn Duke, Renew America:  "So what if Cliven Bundy is a "racist"?

Yeah, so what, buster.  Great take on the issue there.

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Obama Should Thank Satan Donald Sterling’s Rant Was Released The Same Week As The Benghazi Email"

You know what?  You should shut the fuck up, you filthy bastard.  Sorry not to have a clever comeback for this lowlife scum.

Bruce Bialosky, Town Hall:  "An American Solution to Income Inequality"

Hooray! Just what we have been waiting for from Republicans, for years now!  And what is Bruce's "American solution?"

"Mr. President, you would really help your citizens by getting out of the way and letting the capitalists take over to get the job market humming."

Lower taxes and less regulation on the rich!  What a spectacular new solution to our economic problems!  And one that has never been tried before, too!

Hunter Thomas, Town Hall:  "Will 80% Income Taxes and a New 10% Wealth Tax Fix Our Economy? Thomas Piketty: French and Economist. All you need to know. "

Because decades of economic data gathered by Piketty and his associates mean nothing- he is French!   No Brie eating, Chardonnay swilling Frenchman can possibly have an argument that could stand up to good old fashioned American derision.

Repair Man Jack, Red State:  "Obamacare Cannot Reduce the Cost of Modern Medicine"

It already has, dickwad. 

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Terry McAuliffe, Would-Be Dictator of Virginia"

Because whenever a Democratic leader does something, he is a dictator.

Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "I’m Having a Hard Time Drumming Up Sympathy for the Convict Who Had a Botched Execution"

Dude, you have a hard time drumming up sympathy for anyone but yourself and the Koch brothers.  That's what makes you a Conservative.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: 11 Terrorists With Links to Al-Qaeda Arrested for Disappearance of Flight #MH370"

And this is why wingnuts are blaming the Malaysian airliner disappearance on Obama:  Because he failed to totally obliterate Al Qaida like Bush and Cheney did.

Wait a minute there:  "Malaysian police on Sunday rejected a British report linking the missing Malaysian flight with al-Qaeda, described it as “rubbish.”

Foiled again, Jim.  I wonder how long it will be before Jim admits he was hilariously wrong, or takes his post down.

There's Just No Depth to Their Dishonesty

Well, here we go:

"One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.

CBS News reported Thursday that leaked versions sent out by the GOP last Friday had visible differences than Wednesday's official batch."

I'll leave it for you to click on the link if you want, to see a couple of the changes, but I'm sure you know that they didn't make the White House look more innocent.  Once more, the entire Benghazi issue is revealed to be a treacherous Republican lie, but don't hold your breath waiting for the press to point this out over the coming months of Republican foaming at the mouth over this non-existent issue.

It Was Only a Matter of Time

Today on Fox News, they blamed Obama for the missing Malaysian airliner.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Good Ad Placement

Here's a screenshot of the website for the great American Spring march on Washington to force Obama, etc. from office, in order to support the Constitution.  I love the ad on the top at the right:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bundy: The Abomination Continues

I know I'm beginning to sound like a one trick pony over the Cliven Bundy thing, but I have been predicting for years that the behavior of right wing militias, and the coddling of them by the press and many Republican officials was going to result in them escalating their irrationality and violence until something really hateful occurs.    Well, here is another step in that direction.

I want to quote fairly heavily from a post at Daily Kos, for which I hope they will forgive me, because the subject is so important.  There is a lot more there including video of Bundy acting very badly indeed.  They quote a report by a local TV station, and then continue:
"Within the past few days, local 8 News NOW received Police Reports and other information that show Bundy's Anti-American, Anti-Government thugs:

- "poured lighter fluid around" news trucks,
- Issued "bomb threats" against Hotels where Federal employees were lodging,
- told hotel staff they would be "dragged out in the parking lot and shot"
- Bundy thugs asked Metro Police Sgt Jenkins if "he was ready to die"

As is the case with many terrorist organizations who hold people hostage at gun point, terrorist leader Cliven Bundy issued "demands" to the United States government in exchange for releasing law enforcement from gun point and threats.
And here is Bundy, with his threats:
"BUNDY: ...disarm the Park service -- and all Federal Parks the US Government claims they have jurisdiction over. Take your county bulldozers and tear down the entrance places -- the -- where they ticket us and where they - ah - entrance and make us citizens pay their fees. You get the county equipment down there and tear those things down this morning. You disarm those Park service people.  You take a pick-up [truck] and I want those arms. [Facing the crowd of thugs] WE want those arms picked up don't we? ...we want all of those arms put in that compound taday! We want those arms delivered right here under these flags in one hour! And media -- are you here media? I want you to go to everyplace that they gotta central park service - ah - station and you watch those county machines tear down those -- those place taday in the next hour. And you [media] report back to these people -- we the people in one hour. If it's not -- if there's not done then we'll decide what we're gonna do from that -- this point on.
Daily Kos sums things up:
"Journalists Were Threatened;  Law Enforcement Threatened; Hotel Bomb Threats & Death Threats to Hotel Employees;  Bundy's armed thugs surrounded the City Council room and stood watch over a "standing-room only City council meeting" yesterday."
So, there you go. This is the behavior of terrorists- threatening government employees and innocent civilians with violence and death if they do not give in to the terrorists' demands, which include turning arms over to them; intimidating city officials who are utterly unconnected to the whole affair, in an attempt to use the fear of violence to establish their control over the local government, making bomb threats...these people are no different from Al Qaida or the Taliban, or the Nazi party of the 1920's, except that they are home grown and are going to consequently be much more difficult to hunt down and neutralize.

And let us not forget to thank the press for refusing for years now to face what these people are up to, and coddling the right in this country as it grew more and more crazed.  We also need to place appropriate responsibility on the many Republican politicians, who encouraged and sheltered these people, knowing perfectly well what they were becoming, even going so far as to force the suppression of a government report a few years ago about exactly this sort of threat, thus leaving the government years behind in preparing for this threat.

The country had a chance to stop this, but it squandered it, under pressure from seditious Republican politicians, members of a party that has descended so far that it is actually doing what it can to bring down this country; and the press, which bows to its rich owners who do not want the nature of their sick tools to be examined.  Now, who can say what will happen; but with the government having (unfortunately, without any real choice) to back down to these terrorist thugs, we are guaranteed a continuous series of this sort of thing, until violence of a sort never seen in this country since 1865 breaks out.  What then?  We'll see.

The next possible incident is "Operation American Spring," the militias' threat to descend on Washington on May 16th to try to force Obama out of office.  It's likely that this will be a colossal failure just like all of their previous marches on Washington to force the country to do their evil bidding,, but after the Bundy Ranch fiasco, who knows?

But Wait!  There's More!  You might find some amusement in this story, about the two main militia groups at the Bundy ranch drawing weapons and threatening to start shooting at each other.  These guys really are maniacs.