Friday, December 30, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Just another load of garbage, sad to say.  So, here we go:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "NYT: These Damned Illegitimate Republicans Have 'Stolen' a SCOTUS Seat, Or Something"

Or something.  Or something.  They stole it, Guy.  No somethings about it.  And you are proud of subverting the Constitution.  Great.  We're all in awe of your wonderful patriotism.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Obama: I Got Rid Of That Registry That Tracks Visitors From Countries With Active Terrorist Groups"

Ooh, scary!  A registry that was closed down five years ago because the Homeland Security people said it didn't accomplish anything.

Tony Corvo, PJ Media:  "Gov. Kasich: 'Ohio on the Verge of a Recession'...Time for Kasich to put right-to-work back on his agenda?"

Yeah, if there is going to be a recession, why not do everything possible to make it worse?

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Berlin Terrorist Urged Muslims to Launch Attacks 'Within Their Means'

Within their means?  Instead of the American way, just put it on the credit card?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "OF COURSE: Obama Makes Last Ditch Effort To EMPTY GITMO Before Leaving Office...This has nothing to do with America’s national security, it’s all about Obama."

No, Jim, it has to do with this:  "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial..."

Apparently, for Republicans, it's okay to keep people in prison for a decade and a half without even charging them with a crime.  Just shows, once again, how much they really care about the Constitution, or even about the barest shreds of common human decency.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Trump could prove greater than Reagan"

Yeah, Reagan only started work on a World War and a depression.  Trump could bring us both!

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Christmas is in the Constitution"

Fuck you, Bryan.  I mean, really.

Deborah Tyler, American Thinker:  "For eight years, the Legacy of Slavery has run the ship of state.  That's finally about to change"

I don't even know what that means, but it sure isn't anything very nice.  Well, Deborah, you've traded the "legacy of slavery" in on the legacy of Nazism.  Bet you are happy about that.

Philip Stuckey, Daily Caller:  "The Atlantic Lists Bush, Reagan Next To Pol Pot, Hitler As Worst Leaders In Human History"

Can't handle the truth, huh, Phil?

Larry Kudlow, Daily Caller:  "The Trump Transition Is Transcendent, But The Economy Needs Attention Now"

And what attention might that be?  Why, of course:

"pro-growth tax reform is so important. It is reported that Mr. Trump will immediately move to overturn costly Obama regulations, especially on small business. This is good. It will add to growth."

Tax cuts for the rich!  Less regulation!   What an original idea!  That will work just great, like it has all the other times it has been tried.  If working great means causing the economy to collapse, that is.

Kevin Dailey, Daily Caller:  "Scalia's Advice For Trump On Conflicts Of Interest"

Well, if it's anything like Scalia's opinions when he was actually alive, the advice will be along the lines of "The Constitution means whatever I want it to."

And some more Trump era history rewriting:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "The Electoral College Made It Possible For Us To Abolish Slavery"

Right.  That four year war had nothing to do with it.  Why, with the electoral college there, the Southern States were right on the point of doing away with slavery any day.

Jay Caruso, Red State:  "What Fool Thought Nicolas Cage Would Be A Good Choice To Play Ronald Reagan?"

Ha ha.  He was the fallback position when they discovered that Bela Lugosi was dead.

Jerome Corsi, Renew America:  "Evidence backs claim that Hillary armed ISIS "

From perhaps the biggest Republican liar of them all.  I don't know how she found the time, what with the stress of running her child rape business from that pizza parlor.

Ann Coulter, World Net Daily:  "57 of my top tweets from 2016 campaign"

God, no.  We're not going there.

World Net Daily:  "THE HEAVENS DECLARE: Biblical flood offers perfect conditions for fossilization...Exclusive: David Rives notes long periods of time not needed for preservation to happen"

Long periods of time not needed, except in the actual real world, of course.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Reform: Team Trump Announces Potential Private Healthcare Option For Veterans"

"Reform."  It now means, when veterans need medical care, rich people have to be paid before that can happen.

R. J. Ryder, The Federalist:  "Why We’ll Never End Abortion Until We Shrink Government"

From the nation's leading Conservative "intellectual" website, a nonsensical pile of garbage, so let me explain to you why we can't end abortion until we "shrink government."  You see, we can't give the stupid, enraged rubes what they want, until the Republicans are done stealing the entire wealth of the nation, to give to the rich.  Otherwise, they might lose the rubes, so they have to keep dangling their carrots in front of their noses, until the rubes walk off the cliff.  Then, when they are lying smashed at the bottom of the canyon, they can have their mean spirited, meaningless victories.

And this interesting take on the election:

Jonathan Ashbach, The Federalist:  "The Electoral College Saves Us From The Mob Rule Of Democracy...Do conservatives need to be ashamed of winning elections by means of the Electoral College that they would not win in a more directly democratic contest? No."

See, if a Democrat wins the popular vote, it's mob rule.  Democracy is mob rule.  Far better to just let our betters pick our President for us; those betters including, of course, Vladimir Putin.

And this Breitbart EXCLUSIVE!!!

"Behind Scenes at Trump Inaugural Committee…Plans for Less Pomp, Shorter Parade…‘It’s about getting to work right away’…"

Couldn't be because nobody wanted to be in Trump's damned parade, would it?  No, Trump just wants to "get to work."  That will be a change.

James Lewis, American Thinker:  "What if Obama dropped Hillary's email bombs?  It makes more sense than the left's Putin Hypothesis"

Of course the evidence shows that the Russians did it, but this idiotic Conservative smear "makes more sense."  To the same people that think unemployment and the budget deficit went up and the stock market went down during Obama's term.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Putin declines to retaliate on Obama’s sanctions...In a brilliant piece of propaganda that makes President Obama look small and irrelevant, Vladimir Putin plays chess, while Ben Rhodes and Valerie Jarrett play checkers"

See, stealing our election through subversion is brilliant!  Vladimir Putin is brilliant!  Obama is small and irrelevant!  Criminal behavior is just fine as long as Republicans do it!  It's great to have a tool of a foreign dictator in the White House, as long as he is for tax cuts for the rich!  Fuck democracy.  Fuck right and wrong.  Putin is great!!!

And let me point out that Renew America is still carrying this story:

Stephen Stone, Renew America:  "Will Obama be impeached now that Republicans control both houses of Congress?"

Better hurry up, guys.

Reverend Austin Myles, Renew America:  "Islam is NOT a religion!"

Wingnuts will believe anything.

Aleister, Gateway Pundit:  "NO MORE INFLUENCE TO SELL: Clinton Foundation Reduced To Begging Donors For Cash"

Isn't that what charities do?  Ask people for money?  How do you think they do it, printing their own?

Well, that's enough idiocy for one day.  Bye.

Trump's America

The police, in Chandler, Ariz. treated this as an act of simple vandalism, and refused to arrest anyone.

A Note on Israel

As I have made it clear before, I have lived in Israel for a time, and am a strong supporter of its right to survive.  Consequently, I think it is necessary at this point to make it clear that supporting Israel and supporting its current government are two different things- as different as wanting the United States to continue to exist and supporting the treasonous Trump regime that is about to take over.

It is vital to realize that Benjamin Netanyahu got his start in politics, not in Israel, but right here in the United States, as a Republican party apparatchik.  It is possible to understand exactly what he is up to, if you see him as a Republican, not an Israeli.

Now, here is the thing about Israel:  It only came into existence in the late 1940's.  As a result of that, every Israeli leader up to Netanyahu had either participated in the creation of Israel, or in the formation of its government.  These people, however self-serving they might have been, all had a certain commitment to the success of the country.  That all ended with Netanyahu.  Unfortunately, the people of Israel had never seen this type of crooked politician before- unlike here in America, where we have a whole party dedicated to selling the country down the river- the very party that trained Netanyahu and supplied him with his political views.  So, even more than here, many Israeli voters have been easy pickings for the lies and hatred that is the right's stock in trade.  And as with Republicans here, Netanyahu sees betrayal of his country's interests as his right, if it advances his party.

Netanyahu's main goal, in fact, is to serve the Republican party in this country, because American Republicans can do far more for him personally than Israel ever could.  His own land's interests come a distant second.

Netanyahu is destroying Israel.  He is as big an enemy of the Israeli people as Trump is of the American people.  Truly supporting Israel means realizing that its greatest threat is inside the country. I wait anxiously for the day when Israelis develop enough political cynicism to see through his malignant behavior.  Until then, Israel's standing in the world is going to continually erode, as it goes on, giving its mortal enemies ammunition to attack it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

An Appropriate Response to the North Carolina Democracy Crisis

If you follow the news, you will know that Republicans in North Carolina have so mangled the laws there, that it is no longer considered a democracy.  I would like to suggest a perfectly legal action that President Obama could take to punish these subhumans for their behavior.

Do you know what Schedule 1 drugs are?  They are supposedly the most harmful drugs that people can consume; the distribution of them comes with long prison sentences.  The requirement to be placed on Schedule 1 is as follows:

The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

There is no drug on earth that more fully fits those criteria than nicotine, the agricultural mainstay of North Carolina.  It has only been the lack of political will for generation after generation that has prevented the obvious truth from being recognized.

Enough, already.  President Obama, place Tobacco on schedule 1.  The arguments about that action destroying people's livelihoods is as idiotic as an argument that we should legalize heroin because criminalizing it hurts people who want to sell it.  Do it.  It is the right thing to do, for reasons of simple truth, and it would be a nice parting gift to the people of North Carolina, who can just get off their asses and find a decent way to make a living.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Just One More Little Abomination

Hardly worth noticing, these days.  Via Daily Kos, the following picture of Republican congressmen reacting just after passing a bill to do away with Obamacare:
These miserable excuses for human beings are roaring in laughter at the thought of taking medical care away from twenty million people.  These people know they are dooming a million or two people to an early death.  I'm sorry, but to me, this level of callousness approaches that of the Nazis that would send millions to the death camps.  And they are laughing about it.

This is what we are going to get, starting on January 20th.  Good work, white assholes who voted for Trump and a Republican Congress.  I hope your race hatred is worth your lives because that's the price you contracted to pay for the privilege.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Trump's America, part about two hundred thousand

This news, which will undoubtedly bring a smile to Trump supporters:

"A neo-Nazi Donald Trump supporter is planning an armed march to terrorize Jews in a small Montana town next month...Organizer Claims Hundreds Will Carry 'High-Powered Rifles' To Terrorize Jewish Residents.

(Andrew) Anglin says he's planning an armed march through Whitefish in January "against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either." A web graphic announcing the march (pictured, with faces of residents blacked out) included a photo of the entrance to Auschwitz and a yellow Star of David with the word “Jude” printed in it."

And here's part of it:
Attractive, no?

Look for a lot more of this in the coming four years.

I do, however, have one helpful suggestion for Donald Trump.  He is apparently having an awful time getting people to march in his inaugural parade.  Instead of the usual high school bands, Donald, why not extend an invitation to these guys, who are practiced and ready for the occasion?

Sorry, Mr. Godwin, It Looks Like We're Going to be Wearing You Out

Here is a particularly horrible specimen of what to expect from the coming Trump era, from a piece by Frank Lewis, at Renew America, motivated by the refusal of most real musicians to have anything to do with the Trump Coronation Inaugural.  I will quote from it at some length, as it is so malignant:

"Why would elitist, high-brow opinions of what is good or bad art matter to you, Ivanka? There are many, many artists, musicians, actors, etc out there who are ignored and discarded by the elite. You have a chance to get rid of this elite anti American structure and "drain this swamp" and recognize a totally new cadre of Americans in the arts who emulate the America your father's supporters are, for the most part, demanding.

Remove their artwork from your walls, as they demand. Ivanka, burn it all! Throw it all out. Replace it all with artwork that is equally great but is not sanctioned by the Leftist Liberal Elite who have set themselves up as the experts since right after VJ Day. Think of it as reversing executive orders. Easy! Hire patriots to head these institutions. Patriots can have sophisticated tastes.

Don't hire these "A-list" musicians. Their music, for a large part, is in poor taste anyway. Much of it promotes an America I do not want to live in nor leave for my grandchildren. Their lifestyles are trash as well. Get some great musicians who endorse and live out the same beliefs that you tell us you do." 
Remind you of anything from any particular time in history?  If not, you might find this interesting:

"Degenerate art (German: Entartete Kunst) was a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe Modern art. Such art was banned on the grounds that it was un-German, Jewish, or Communist in nature, and those identified as degenerate artists were subjected to sanctions. These included being dismissed from teaching positions, being forbidden to exhibit or to sell their art, and in some cases being forbidden to produce art.

Degenerate Art also was the title of an exhibition, held by the Nazis in Munich in 1937, consisting of modernist artworks chaotically hung and accompanied by text labels deriding the art. Designed to inflame public opinion against modernism, the exhibition subsequently traveled to several other cities in Germany and Austria.

While modern styles of art were prohibited, the Nazis promoted paintings and sculptures that were traditional in manner and that exalted the "blood and soil" values of racial purity, militarism, and obedience. Similar restrictions were placed upon music, which was expected to be tonal and free of any jazz influences; disapproved music was termed degenerate music. Films and plays were also censored.

Hitler's rise to power on January 31, 1933, was quickly followed by actions intended to cleanse the culture of degeneracy: book burnings were organized, artists and musicians were dismissed from teaching positions, and curators who had shown a partiality to modern art were replaced by Party members. In September 1933 the Reichskulturkammer (Reich Culture Chamber) was established, with Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Reichminister für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) in charge. Sub-chambers within the Culture Chamber, representing the individual arts (music, film, literature, architecture, and the visual arts) were created; these were membership groups consisting of "racially pure" artists supportive of the Party, or willing to be compliant. Goebbels made it clear: "In future only those who are members of a chamber are allowed to be productive in our cultural life. 

Is there anyone that would not find this comparison chilling, or who would argue at this point that it is unfair to see a similarity here?  The stupid and hateful among us have really let a genie out of the bottle, and I do not have a clue how to get it back in, without the result being horrible violence and disruption, and the end of the United States as we know it.  At least out here in California, we will be able to take care of ourselves economically and culturally.  I shudder to think what is going to happen in the South when they are deprived of the pipeline sending our money to them.  Luckily, the will at least, courtesy of Mexico and their own industriousness, not suffer a shortfall of methamphetamine or Oxycontin.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Trump To Dissolve Foundation To 'Avoid...Any Conflict'

Yes, this story is all over the news.  So far, however, I have not seen a single person comment on the fact that, with the dozens of sleazy business connections and conflicts of interest that Trump has, the thing he is doing to stop the controversy is end the one Trump operation which (purportedly) exists to help someone else besides himself.

A Christmas Statement

One from, apparently, a real Christian, and one that would be hard to disagree with, in spirit:

“We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith,” he said.

“All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.

“I was born in 1948 – just after the end of World War II in which my parents’ generation had fought, and died, in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.

“That, nearly seventy years later, we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief. We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past.

“Normally, at Christmas, we think of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder, though, if this year we might remember how the story of the Nativity unfolds – with the fleeing of the Holy Family to escape violent persecution...”

“Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same – to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God” 

And who might have said that?
A person who is routinely derided as an empty headed, self-absorbed twit, but who seems to have more sense and more common decency than anyone else in the British government, or certainly anyone poised to take over control of ours.  It is a sad comment when the accident of royal heredity can throw up a better person than the apparatus the European and American world has spent two and a half centuries creating.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Season's Greetings

In the traditional Green Eagle way.
Take pleasure where you can, folks.  You may not have many chances in the near future.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

The rewriting of history is on:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Cotton: Say, Why Did Obama Reject Republicans' Proposal to Fight Russian Disinformation?"

Republicans' proposals to fight Russian disinformation.  That's rich.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Speaker Ryan's Office Furious Obama Didn't Sign Troop Pay Raise Before Vacation"

She forgot to mention that the same bill that provided a "troop pay raise" also stripped due process rights from all Federal employees, military or civilian.  An old Republican trick- attach  a popular provision to a miserable, cruel piece of legislation, and then smear Democrats who won't go along with the whole package.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Democrats Care About Their Power, Not About Russian Hacking"

We care about not living in a dictatorship, David.

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "2016 Killed People's Belief In Santa"

So sad.  Actually, I didn't know that much of anyone over the age of 7 believed in Santa Claus, but maybe we are talking about the readers of Town Hall here, as they seem to have a mental age of about 7.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Wisconsin Leftists Lose Their Minds When Electors Vote for Winning Candidate"

At least they had minds.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Where Have All the Christmas Decorations Gone? A Meditation on Joyless Secularism"

All the Christmas decorations have disappeared.  Man, this guy will tell any lie without an ounce of shame.  Dennis continues:

"Where I live (near Los Angeles) you can drive for blocks without seeing a single home with Christmas lights"

You're Jewish, Dennis.  Los Angeles has the third largest Jewish population of any city in the world.  I bet you live in a Jewish neighborhood.  Figure it out already, dumbass.

Kentucky Dana, Red State:  "The left aren’t really concerned about health; they’re just concerned with their genitals"

Right, Dana.  I bet you almost believe that.  Funny that, if that is true, it never came up in the Democratic debates.  Now, where did it come up?  Let me think for a moment now...

Faith Moore, PJ Media:  "Why I'm Teaching My Son to Believe in Santa Claus"

Just guessing here, but is it because as a good Republican you see it as your duty to get him used to believing lies at an early age?

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Freezing Cold? Time to Rename the EPA the Conservation Agency"

See, it's been cold in the Eastern United States the last couple of weeks.  That proves that global warming is just a hoax:

"It's not just Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio who obviously benefit from this racket, er, "great cause." Much of the public at large has been brainwashed.  As many have noted, global warming and, more generally, environmentalism have become the religion of the liberal."

No, Roger, truth is the religion of the liberal.  You wouldn't get that, I guess, since selling out to the hyper-rich is your religion.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "The CIA's dirty tricks against American democracy"

In this insightful article, Cliff informs us that it is a blow against democracy to let us know that the Russian dictator rigged our Presidential election.

"However, the idea (liberals) propose – that the controversy can be solved by President Obama declassifying evidence – is not practical."

It's just not practical to tell the truth.  Not with Republicans in charge, anyway.

And get ready for it, this next one is quite a rant:

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "We must hold accountable Clinton-Obama criminals

I predicted it weeks ago, after Donald J. Trump won the presidency on Nov. 8, 2016, as a result primarily of white working class backlash against the discriminatory policies and actions of President Barack Hussein Obama, an invidious anti-white, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian racist who Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton had wrapped herself around politically. Clinton and her comrades in rank criminality – and I am pointing my finger at her sleazy campaign manager, former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, Huma Abedin, her Palestinian girlfriend with family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Cheryl Mills, her corrupt lawyer and top adviser, her "hit man," the Mafia-connected Harold Ickes, and Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton fundraiser and now governor of Virginia who paved the way for criminals and illegals to vote – will simply not go quietly into the night."

Poor Larry.  With Republicans in charge, he's losing all his excuse to con money out of right wing rubes.  Maybe if he screams loud enough and tells enough lies, they will still send him money to fight people who aren't even going to be around any more.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Obama-Clinton bots rabid, puerile and just plain pitiful"

Whatever, Sher.

Reverend Austin Myles, Renew America:  "...Obama's citizenship and birth details raised suspicions immediately. One must be a natural born citizen to run for the office of President of The United States.

Born under the name, Barry Soetoro and raised as a Muslim, he was required to adopt a Muslim name, which was and is, Barack Hussein Obama. Not much was known about Obama except that he had a history of homosexuality.

His handler George Soros invented him, had him schooled by Communists and managed to get him into U.S. political leadership as a Senator from Illinois. This prompted the Kenya newspapers to brag: "A fellow Kenyon, born here, one of now a United States Senator!" That says it all.

We do not know all the details about Michelle, their marriage, or their children. First of all, when this is examined, there must be DNA samples from both Obama, Michelle and their two children. That will provide some extraordinary revelations."

Now they want DNA samples from the Obamas.  It will never end.  There's lots more here- this guy goes on and on, but I've got to pull the plug somewhere.

Robert Meyer, Renew America:  "Alinski lurking in efforts to stereotype Trump supporters"

Alinsky. It's like a broken record.  They just can't move on.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "The blood of Aleppo is on Obama's hands... It's amazing how CNN's talking heads can devote so much time to the "scandal" of Donald J. Trump's sons participating in interviews of cabinet picks, but can't connect the dots between the bloody tragedy in Aleppo and President Barack Obama's pro-terrorist policy in the Middle East"

I BLAME OBAMA!!!!   I guess it was inevitable.  A dictator faces a rebellion halfway around the world, and it's all the fault of Obama and his "pro-terrorist policy."

Tom Trinko, American Thinker:  "People Who Hate Humanity...modern liberalism ignores people and supports making the Earth as human-free as possible"

Who knew?  Of course, deliberately inciting a nuclear arms race could never be seen as "making the Earth as human-free as possible."  No, that's just good for business.

Bishop E. W. Jackson, American Thinker:  "The left has brainwashed our young people into comparing our country to some imaginary utopia of “social justice” rather than to the world as it is."

Why strive to be the best we can be, when it's good enough if we act just like ISIS?

Charles Battig, American Thinker:  "The next great sucking sound...Climate computer-derived forecasts have consistently failed to match long-term climate reality."

Yeah, that's true.  Reality has consistently been worse than the computer models.  Charles forgot to mention that.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Moscow to DNC: Stop Whining, You Lost"

Because now it is our duty to do whatever Vladimir Putin tells us to.  After all, that is now standard procedure for Republicans.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "This Is Why We Have the Electoral College"

So Republicans can win by having their base's votes count three or four times as much as Democratic votes.

"Or would you prefer to be governed by West L.A. and the Upper West Side?"

Personally, I would rather be governed by the decision of the majority of voters, not by Vladimir Putin.  Oh, and by the way, in case you didn't catch that, "West L.A. and the Upper West Side" means Jews.  The electoral college protects us from being governed by Jews.  Remember things like this, the next time you wonder what kind of a campaign the Republicans would have run against Bernie Sanders.

Well, enough.  Not as funny these days as Wingnut Wrapups of yore- there really isn't much to laugh about when you are facing living in a totalitarian oligarchy.  Unless you are the totalitarians that conned people into voting for you.  Then, it's the funniest joke ever.

Your Trump Administration- Justice Department Edition

Here's what we are about to get from the Trump administration, from CNN, via a report at Daily Kos:

"The 1997 "order and opinion" by an Alabama judge accused the state attorney general's office, which had been headed by Sessions, of the worst prosecutorial misconduct he'd ever seen.

"The court finds that even having been given every benefit of the doubt, the misconduct of the Attorney General in this case far surpasses in both extensiveness and measure the totality of any prosecutorial misconduct ever previously presented to or witnessed by this court," wrote James S. Garrett, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge.

The misconduct was "so pronounced and persistent," Garrett wrote, that "it permeates the entire atmosphere of this prosecution.

...This court can only conclude it is dealing with either intentional and deliberate misconduct or conduct so reckless and improper as to constitute conscious disregard for the lawful duties of the Attorney General and the integrity and dignity of this court and this Judge."

Sessions did not list this case in the information he sent to the Senate for his confirmation hearing to be Attorney General, and has refused to comment.

I've commented before about Trump's appointing people committed to frustrating the laws he is Constitutionally bound to uphold, which is a clearly impeachable offense, but this goes beyond even that- it strikes at the heart of the notion that the Justice department, or our entire law enforcement apparatus, even exist to uphold the law.  Expect them to exist now solely to force the will of the rich on the rest of us.  Thanks again, Trump voters.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Poverty Divide

I think this is one of the most illuminating maps I have seen in a long time.  It comes from a Centers for Disease Control publication, which you can find here.

I think the map speaks for itself.  Right now, the nation is in thrall to its least economically successful section- States filled with people who have, essentially, failed to thrive, and are now throwing fits of rage over their inability to compete in the modern world, and blaming everyone but themselves.  We are about to experience the result of allowing these people to order us to live according to their beliefs, while those beliefs are constantly failing in front of us.  Now the whole nation will be run by their crackpot economic theories and social hatreds, and where can anyone think that is going to get us?  We in the "blue" States will be required to continue to massively subsidize the Republican areas of the country, in order to prevent them from descending into chaos and violence.  And in the meantime we will be expected to show respect for their endless rants about how miserable our way of doing things is.  And there is absolutely no way to show them how badly they are damaging themselves by surrendering to every Republican con man that appears in front of them.

In fact, before I saw this map at its origin in the CDC publication linked to above, I found it used in a right wing rant that, in hundreds and hundreds of words, tried to make the pathetic case that somehow this proved that the Civil War was not about racism, but about the States' economic rights, the sickening rationalization that we have heard from Southerners for a century and a half now.  We are in thrall to the stupid, the ignorant, and the greedy and hate-filled, and I just don't see how we can escape, as long as they continue to be fed the endless lies that enable Republicans to win elections.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Little Press Coverage in the Trump Era

I think this story from Yahoo this morning pretty much shows how the press has decided to play things these days:

"Backlash against creator of secret Clinton group"

Secret Clinton group!  Backlash!  God, what has Hillary done this time?

"The woman behind 3.7 million-member Facebook group Pantsuit Nation sparks anger when she announces book plans."

The group was so secret that it only had 3.7 million members!

"The group’s founder, 33-year-old Libby Chamberlain, announced on Monday that she is publishing a book based on the Facebook page...Some users even saw Chamberlain’s book move as an act of personal gain."

God forbid that she should have any "personal gain" from this highly successful project she organized.  I mean, she is a liberal, and therefore has no right to take advantage of our free enterprise system.

In the meantime Donald Trump is enshrining corruption at the center of his administration, violating every single day more norms of acceptable behavior in the White House, but it's far more important that we spend our time condemning this woman for daring to try to make money off of her honest work.  Democrats have no right to do anything but starve in the streets; Republicans are entitled to anything they can steal.  And the American people (or at least enough of them) decided that they are just fine with that.

Well, it's what you are going to get, Trump voters, so I hope it makes you happy when your social security is slashed, your access to medical care is destroyed, you discover that you have no right to be protected from poisoning by corporations, and the influx of cash from the blue States that you have been stealing for decades now is curtailed, because they are as badly off as you.  Well, it will be a great deal of satisfaction to you while you are starving and dying early, to be filled with fury that a liberal published a book about a Facebook site.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Maybe This Explains Everything

Here's the result of an interesting investigation by the West Virginia Sunday Gazette-Mail, which I read about at Daily Kos:

"In six years, drug wholesalers showered the state with 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, while 1,728 West Virginians fatally overdosed on those two painkillers..."

780 million.  In case you are wondering, West Virginia has a population of approximately 1,850,000 people.  One town, with under 400 people, received 9 million pills.

"For more than a decade, the same distributors disregarded rules to report suspicious orders for controlled substances in West Virginia to the state Board of Pharmacy, the Gazette-Mail found. And the board failed to enforce the same regulations that were on the books since 2001, while giving spotless inspection reviews to small-town pharmacies in the southern counties that ordered more pills than could possibly be taken by people who really needed medicine for pain."

And this is just one State. Just a sign of the kind of regulation that the whole nation is about to see under Donald Trump.

Well, that's one way to get them to vote to stab themselves in the back- just keep them so doped up that they can't tell truth from lies, and then stoke their out of control emotions, telling them over and over again that it's black people and Hispanics and Muslims that are causing their problems, rather than the fact that they are a pack of junkies.  Given the fact that white people are particularly resistant to blaming anything on themselves, this strategy has worked just fine.

Private Security Force

This interesting story is in the news today:

"President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans.

"The arrangement represents a major break from tradition. All modern presidents and presidents-elect have entrusted their personal security entirely to the Secret Service, and their event security mostly to local law enforcement..."

Well, maybe a break from American tradition.  But let's remember that leaders having private security forces have not been totally unknown:

And don't even try to tell me that the comparison is not appropriate.  The SS started as a "private security service" for Hitler, out of any control of the government:

"It began with a small guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for party meetings in Munich...  

Three main SS groups were assigned to protect Hitler. In 1933, his larger personal bodyguard unit (previously the 1st SS-Standarte) was called to Berlin to replace the Army Chancellery Guard, assigned to protect the Chancellor of Germany"

 And we know where that ended up.  If you think it can't happen here, you obviously haven't been paying attention.

Friday, December 16, 2016

An Election Autopsy from Paul Krugman

As usual, one of the very few people who has managed to keep his place in the mainstream media while daring to tell the truth.  I'm going to let Krugman, in today's New York Times, speak for himself:

"It has long been obvious — except, apparently, to the news media — that the modern G.O.P. is a radical institution that is ready to violate democratic norms in the pursuit of power. Why should the norm of not accepting foreign assistance be any different?

...By the way, people who respond to this observation by talking about mistakes in Clinton campaign strategy are missing the point, and continuing their useful idiocy. All campaigns make mistakes. Since when do these mistakes excuse subversion of an election by a foreign power and a rogue domestic law enforcement agency?

...The bigger surprise was the behavior of the news media, and I don’t mean fake news; I mean big, prestigious organizations. Leaked emails, which everyone knew were probably the product of Russian hacking, were breathlessly reported as shocking revelations, even when they mostly revealed nothing...Meanwhile, the news media dutifully played up the Clinton server story, which never involved any evidence of wrongdoing, but merged in the public mind into the perception of a vast “email” scandal when there was nothing there."

I need only add that the behavior of the mainstream media, led in their infamy by Krugman's own New York Times, was no surprise at all to me, or to the many other left wing bloggers who have been desperately trying to raise this subject for years.  Particularly since Ronald Reagan allowed the mainstream press to be virtually entirely bought up by the rich owners of the Republican party, there has been virtually no attempt by them to tell the truth.  They gave the 2000 election to George W. Bush, even though any idiot could see how disastrously unqualified he was, and now they have committed a far bigger crime, selling the country out to a hostile foreign dictator, knowing perfectly well what they were doing.

Well, I'll give Krugman the last word about this:

" means not acting as if this was a normal election whose result gives the winner any kind of a mandate, or indeed any legitimacy beyond the bare legal requirements."

Fat chance.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, I pretty much gave up reading the wingnut blogs after the election.  No sense annoying myself or you repeating their gloating over having sold the country to the Russians.  But, time to pull my head out of the sand and stick it back in the sewer:

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Why Many Americans Trust Donald Trump More Than the CIA"

Because they are stupid.

Joe Cunningham, Red State:  "Oh Please. Flyover State Voters Are “Cultural Fascists”?"


Kira Davis, Town Hall:  "No, Sean Hannity is Not a Racist"

Yes he is.  How stupid do you think we are, Kira?

Michael Van Der Galien, PJ Media:  "Geert Wilders to PJ Media: 'They Will Have to Kill Me First if They Want to Silence Me'

Okay by me.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Hillary: Lock her up!"

Some people will never give up.

And let me interrupt things here, to offer you a video of Jim Bakker and some other jackass explaining how Donald Trump is the Messiah:

Now, wasn't that refreshing?  Okay, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Dan Popp, Renew America:  "John Glenn was no hero of mine"

Why would that be?

"...what he did in the Senate was just about what any Democrat infected with Marxism does there"

Well, if I ever find a Democrat "infected with Marxism," I'll get back to you, Dan, and let you know if they are just like John Glenn.  Man, you must have been hard up to find something to write about that was sufficiently disgusting to satisfy the readers of Renew America this week, huh?

Ted Cruz, Renew America:  "If Republicans really want to drain the swamp, here's how to do it"

Mass suicide?  You go first, Ted.

Tom DeWeese, Renew America:  "The mental dismemberment of children"

Scary, huh?  This starts out being a story about Halloween (a little late there, huh, Tom?) but quickly gets to Tom's point:

"But as I watched this wonderful experience, a thought went through my head and anger seeped into my happy feelings. I kept thinking about the following Monday when these children would be forced into the local schoolhouse, away from their loving patents and into the control of a system that was designed to take advantage of their innocence and rob them of their trust. My anger grew as I thought about how these young children, taught by their parents' love to feel secure around others in authority, would be subjected to a dictatorial federal system that has been transformed away from teaching basic academics to one that, instead, focuses on controlling and remolding the children's minds."

Well, at least no one is going to remold Tom's mind- it isn't solid enough to hold a shape.

Thomas Sowell, World Net Daily:  "Will GOP put bipartisanship above Constitution?"

Bipartisanship?  the GOP?  Okay, that was your laugh for the day.  The GOP wouldn't put bipartisanship ahead of recycling used toilet tissue.

S. Fred Singer, American Thinker:  "To Mars by Economy Class: A Perfect Project For Trump"

Only if he goes on the first trip.  One way.

Rachel Stoltzfoos, Daily Caller:  "The Media's 'Russia Wanted Trump To Win' Narrative Ignores One Key Detail"

Yeah, the fact that the mainstream media aren't allowed to tell the truth.  Get with it guys, or else.

Daily Caller:  "The Sexiest Looks From The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show"

Well, really, they are wingnuts.  How long do you think their attention span is?

Michael Bastach, Daily Caller:  "Lawmakers Demand Obama Disclose What He Spent On Global Warming Programs"

Should be easy to do, as it's all public information.  Apparently, the lawmakers concerned, all House Republicans, don't know that.

Kaitlan Collins, Daily Caller:  "People Can't Stop Talking About Kanye West's Meeting With Donald Trump"

Two delusional, violent, crazy people in the same place- what's not to like?  A story so important that the Daily Caller was forced by the urgency of the questions raised to feature eight stories about it on their front page, narrowly outdoing several other wingnut sites.

Nathan Lichtman, PJ Media:  "Newt Gingrich Asks if Obama's Administration 'Stood Around Sucking Their Thumb' While the Russians Hacked Into Our Election"

See, the story is false if it casts doubt on Trump's election, but it's true if it gives Republicans a chance to beat up on Obama one more time.  True and false all at once!  A new Republican development in reasoning.

And let's go out with a couple of hits from Before it's News:

Before it's News:  "CIA Executing a Coup! Electors Demand Intelligence Briefing! "

It's a coup for the electors to have information before voting.  It's not a coup to win as a result of Russian propaganda.

Before it's News:  "Sheriff Joe Will Jail Obama for Forgery 12-15-16"

The day he announces that he is going to arrest Obama for forging his Hawaiian birth certificate, on evidence that was discredited within days.  Yup, that is still going on.  Sheriff Joe, let me give you a helpful suggestion:  You ought to spend a little more time trying to keep yourself out of jail, since that is where you seem to be heading.

Before it's News:  "Amazing Christmas Gifts for Pets You Need to See"

Well, at least this site isn't a total waste.  I didn't look to see if you could buy a Trump hat for your cat.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Fake News Through The Years

Really, some times I think that, in order to work in the mainstream press, you have to agree to have your brain purged of all memories every two years or so.

How much have we heard about "fake news" lately, and how many times have we heard it blamed on the internet, and treated like a new phenomenon that was created with the rise of twitter, 4-chan, Breitbart, etc?

Well, for those of you whose minds have fogged over, let's take a walk back through the mists of time.

Do you remember when Barack Obama was not an American citizen, but a citizen of Kenya, or maybe Indonesia?  Do you remember when he was a Communist, or a Muslim, or the Antichrist?  Do you remember when it was discovered that his wife was actually an ex college football player who had had a sex change operation, and his two children were actually stolen for him from Morocco?

Do you remember when the mainstream press gave endless publicity to a story that John Kerry was a lying coward in Vietnam, despite the fact that his superb performance evaluations were online for anyone to find in minutes?  And when the same press collaborated to hide the information that George W. Bush had been AWOL during a significant part of his time in the Air Force, protecting Texas from the Viet Cong?

Do you remember when Al Gore claimed to have invented the internet?  Or when he claimed that "Love Story" was about him and Tipper, or that he singlehandedly dealt with the Love Canal pollution disaster?  Incidentally, those stories were all started not in some dank corner of the Right wing, but by the New York Times.

Do you remember that Bill and Hillary murdered Vince Foster, and over fifty other people?  Do you remember that they ran a drug smuggling operation out of a small airport in Arkansas?  Do you remember New York Times' supreme columnist, William Safire, inventing the story that Hillary was a congenital liar?  Do you remember all of the women who were paid large sums of money by right wing rich guy Richard Mellon Scaife to make false accusations of sexual predation against Bill?  Do you remember when the Clintons looted the White House before leaving?  Do you remember Travelgate, Christmas Card gate, Hillary laughing about defending a rapist, and on and on?

And do you remember that Jimmy Carter was a Communist, and John F. Kennedy, and Truman, and of course FDR?

Now, while we are on the subject, let's consider some of the "false news" that has been around for decades, and has become enshrined as Republican holy writ:

How about the notion, pounded into the heads of large numbers of ignorant voters, that Republicans are better at defending the country than Democrats, despite the fact that we emerged victorious in both World Wars under Democratic Presidents, while the Republicans have our collapse in Vietnam and spectacular failure in Iraq to show for themselves, as well as the 9-11 bombing, to their credit.

Or the constantly repeated claim that the economy does better under Republican Presidents when the exact opposite is the truth.

Or the great lie of the Republican party, supply side economics, a fairy tale which is patently ridiculous on its face, and which has resulted in nothing but economic disaster every time it has been tried, starting with the three Republican Presidents who caused the Great Depression, and continuing through the 2008 near-depression, and the European economic collapse under "austerity," another term for the same old policies, which are actually nothing but propaganda to justify tilting the economic playing field toward the rich.

So, here is the simple truth:  The Republican party exists, and has existed since the Taft administration, solely to advance the interests of the rich, who return the favor by providing the money necessary to con people into buying their self-serving lies.  Of course, they cannot admit this, so their entire public program for a hundred years has consisted in an endless series of falsehoods.  And unfortunately they have had so much experience at that sort of thing, that it very frequently works, as we have just seen.  No, fake news is not a creation of the internet; it is the only tool the Republicans have, and they will continue using it as long as the compliant mainstream press collaborates with them in spreading the deception.

End of the Line?

In case you have not seen this yet, the following is from Fox News (!)

You know that this was not aired solely on the impetus of Shepard Smith.  This is absolutely beyond anything we could have expected from a doctrinaire Republica news outlet like Fox News.

I see that this morning the Republicans are enlisting right wing judges to try to force electors to cast their votes the way the Republican party wants, despite the clear intent of the writers of the Constitution.  In the unlikely situation where electors actually try to do the right thing, Conservatives will be there every inch of the way, trying to stop them.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dunning-Kruger in the White House

Donald Trump:

"You Know, I'm, Like, A Smart Person"

Smart enough to have been born rich and have then quickly abandoned any concern for anyone but himself.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

More on the Climate Change Apocalypse

I would like to bring your attention to an unusually forthright piece of reporting from CNN, regarding something I have been talking about- the real possibility that, in a few decades, unchecked climate change is going to render large parts of the Middle East and North Africa uninhabitable.  This piece focuses on the Sudan, and includes some nice maps showing the likely extent of the problem in Africa; as I have reported before, a large part of the Southern Middle East is also at threat.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"Climate change could render Sudan 'uninhabitable'

Experts say that without quick intervention, parts of the African country -- already one of the most vulnerable in the world -- could become uninhabitable as a result of climate change."North Africa is already hot and is strongly increasing in temperature. At some point in this century, part of the region will become uninhabitable," Jos Lelieveld, a climate scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, told CNN.

"That will string from Morocco all the way through to Saudi Arabia," he said."

It is definitely worth clicking on the link, if only to see the map of projected impact in Africa.  The population in this region and the adjacent area in the Middle East is somewhere between 200 and 400 million people.  You need only reflect on the massive destabilization in Europe, and the awakening of xenophobic hatred there and in the United States, that has resulted from the displacement of five million people in Syria, to imagine the catastrophic effect such a thing would represent- I do not think I am exaggerating a bit to suggest that it could precipitate the end of civilization in Europe, India, China and God knows where else, as these countries were subject to by far the largest mass migration in Human history.

And more on this issue, from a post today by Gaius Publius at Hullabaloo.

"What if not just 2.5% of world population, but 10% or 20% of world population fell into environmental refugee status? We're now looking at 700 million to 1.5 billion people, not just fleeing, but starving, fighting and dying as well. In other words, utter world chaos of every type imaginable."

And lots more along these lines.  This is real, people, and the selection of a new leader in the United States makes it absolutely sure that we will do nothing for the next four years to deal with it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Best Headline of the Day

From Daily Kos.  You can't disagree with this:

"McConnell wants Democratic 'cooperation' on repealing Obamacare. Oh yeah? Get f*cked, buddy"

And Everybody Wins!

Particularly the people of Indiana, who end up winning the grand sum of minus $7 million dollars!

Here's Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, being interviewed by Jim Cramer, explaining how it all works:

"GREG HAYES: Right. Well, and again, if you think about what we talked about last week, we're going to make a $16 million investment in that factory in Indianapolis to automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive. Now is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost of labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we'll make the capital investments there.


GREG HAYES: But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs."

Hooray, American workers, we're not going to move your jobs to Mexico!  No, we are going to automate them out of existence entirely!  Misery loves company, I've heard, so you will have the satisfaction, as you sink into poverty of knowing that there are 700 Mexicans who are just as destitute as you are!

The United States of America, the Greatest Country on Earth, yeah!  We're on the way to being great again!

Impeachable Offense

" he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed"-Constitution of the United States, Article II, section 3

This is the most fundamental duty of the President of the United States.  It was my opinion that Ronald Reagan should have been impeached a year into his term of office, for deliberately appointing Cabinet Secretaries who were committed to frustrating the laws the President was required to uphold, but of course the cowardly Democrats would not even speak that heresy aloud; and thus the situation we have today, where a Republican leader is apparently entitled to openly violate this Constitutional requirement without the slightest opposition.

Of course, we know that the Democrats in Washington are as craven as ever, so none of them will dare mention the fact that Donald Trump has kicked this criminal practice up to a new level, appointing Cabinet personnel almost solely based on their opposition, and their commitment to destroy, the laws of this land.

This should, in anyone's mind, constitute the most basic violation of a President's duties, and forms, in fact, legitimate grounds for immediate impeachment.  It is not the right of the President to frustrate the application of laws he disagrees with; it is his duty to uphold them.  If he fails to do this, he has no right to hold his office.


I think a further note is needed here.  The problem with all this is that the Republicans, through their outrageous misuse of power in impeaching Bill Clinton over nothing, and their eight years spent howling in rage for the impeachment of Barack Obama for daring to do anything as President, have pretty well succeeded in what is clearly a major goal of theirs: they have made a very large part of the American people see impeachment as nothing but a cynical partisan political maneuver, so that it would be almost impossible for Democrats, even if they controlled Congress, to impeach a Republican President, even for the most blatant violations of his Constitutional duty.  And of course, we have the mainstream press, which not that long ago gave endless serious coverage to Clinton's impeachment, utterly ignoring its outrageous nature, but would be screaming that Democrats are abusing their place, which is to follow along with any Republican abuse.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Things I Never Knew

"Populist" is a synonym for "Nazi."

Friday, December 2, 2016

What's the Point?

I mean really, what's the point?  We are about to lose Social Security, any government involvement in medical care, along with the insurance of 20 million people, the minimum wage, environmental protection, equality for all Americans, even in theory, the rest of the middle class, free speech and even the notion that there is a difference between true and false.  And what difference did the four thousand posts I have written make? What difference did the tens of thousands of people like me make?  Nothing.  No difference at all.  The Koch Brothers and their rich psycho killer friends have won.

Every time I sit down to try to write a meaningful post, I just give up after a couple of paragraphs, because, why waste my time?  Let the whole damned United States go down the drain that it has been circling for the last few decades.  Let the bad guys win.  Because, what can we do about it?

Face it; we have been lying to ourselves when we told ourselves that there were enough people in this  God-forsaken, hate and greed filled country who cared about right and wrong, true and false, to stop the juggernaut which is now about to submerge us all in a miserable existence not one scrap better than the worst third world countries.  The rich of this country have determined that they want to live as the overlords of a nation in which everyone else is a starving peon, and the white, ignorant dumb fucks have decided that hating on black people and Muslims and Hispanics and Jews really offers them a more pleasant life than a decent job and hope for the future.  So they went along with it, and now we will find out how far it is possible for an industrial, first world country to devolve before it degenerates into an anarchic, violent failed state.  Any bets?  Twenty years?  Ten?  Two?  Well, we will see, because it's coming, ready or not.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Electors' Duties

Well, as it is getting closer to the time when the Electoral College will, in overwhelming likelihood, put its seal of approval on the travesty of Trump's accession to the White House, I thought it would do well to see what the founding fathers really thought about this institution.  For that purpose, I'll turn to Federalist Paper no. 68, where the musical man of the hour, Alexander Hamilton, explains on behalf of himself and his fellow authors of the Constitution, what it actually means, as opposed to the ludicrous nonsense that is peddled far and wide, in largely successful attempts to bend the Constitution to whatever suits the right's purpose at the moment.

I want to say before getting to the point, that I continue to be surprised at the contortions that people will engage in to justify finding whatever they want in the intent of the founding fathers (as if that were so important anyway) while their actual words lay close at hand, and are available instantaneously online these days in any event.

Anyway,on we go.  First, a word about the general purpose of the Electoral College:

"It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations."

Note that this speaks about analyzing the qualities of the candidates, and about "complicated investigations."  This is absolutely contrary to the notion that the electors are required to cast their ballots one way or another.  It is their job to make distinctions. As for what those distinctions involve, we now enter an area where the founding fathers were dead wrong about things:

"The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue."

"Talents for low intrigue and the little arts of popularity..."  Remind you of anyone you can think of?  Well, the electoral college may have worked for the purpose of preventing people like that from reaching the White House in earlier times, but it has failed us this time around.  In fact, the electoral college is about to put just such a person in the White House, even though he lost the popular vote by a wide margin, in a classic example of the supposed letter of the law destroying any hope of fulfilling its intent.  In fact, it is actually the duty of the Electoral College, using its responsibility to analyze the candidates' "qualities adapted to the station," to keep people like Trump out of the White House.  And let's have one more excerpt from this document:

"Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils."

"the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils."  Well there you go.  Add that to  the comment about low intrigue, and you have, in Donald Trump, an absolutely classic example of exactly what the Electoral College was created to prevent.  It is as I stated above,the clear duty of the electors to refuse to allow Trump to be President, but of course, they won't dare carry out their duty, and so there we are.

By the way, if you want to read the text of this Federalist Paper, here it is.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Sovereign Citizen Acts as Expected

From the Tampa Bay Times, this edifying story:

"A man was arrested in Pasco County on charges he held a woman against her will for more than three months after she came from Texas to study a group he founded that purports to help reunite children with their parents...

Davis, 48, is a sovereign citizen"

But of course he is.  In case you were wondering, here he is:
 As you know, I like to keep an eye on Sovereign Citizens, as their many acts of violence in the last couple of decades marks them as a pool of very dangerous right wing maniacs.  Well, I've kept my eye on this one long enough.  Judging from his picture, he is just about as short of a functional brain as most of these people are.  Well, at least this one will be in prison for the duration of the Trump administration.

A spokesman for the group had this to say:  "(Group member Thomas) Nelson said members of the group don't call themselves sovereign citizens because they disagree with the term, believing a person can't be both sovereign and a citizen at the same time.

"What we reject are statutes, codes and ordinances," Nelson said."

Statutes, codes and ordinances.  That's all they reject.  You got a problem with that?  After all, they are still fine with orders given at the point of a gun- as long as they have the guns and are giving the orders.

And a Good Time Will Be Had by All

This news in the New York Times this morning:

"A federal judge ruled on Monday that Dylann S. Roof, who was charged in the massacre of nine black worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015, can represent himself in his federal death-penalty trial.

The judge, Richard M. Gergel of Federal District Court in Charleston, called the request by Mr. Roof, 22, “strategically unwise,” but allowed him to have a lawyer present as backup.

“I do find defendant has the personal capacity to self-representation,” Judge Gergel said, according to The Post & Courier. He added, “It is a decision you have the right to make.

In other news, a judge has ruled that it is perfectly legal to perform brain surgery on yourself, probably citing the excellent results of such conduct in the case of one Dr. Ben Carson.

Anyway, we are going to be looking for any sort of entertainment in the coming year or two, and this holds the potential to provide plenty.  I mean, who wouldn't want a 22 year old ignorant racist with no legal training defending them when their life was on the line?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

You stupid sons of bitches:

"President-elect Donald Trump's proposals would modestly cut income taxes for most middle-class Americans. But for nearly 8 million families — including a majority of single-parent households — the opposite would occur: They'd pay more.

Most married couples with three or more children would also pay higher taxes, an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found. And while middle-class families as a whole would receive tax cuts of about 2 percent, they'd be dwarfed by the windfalls averaging 13.5 percent for America's richest 1 percent."

You will be lucky to get $200 a year out of that two percent cut.  A wonderful reward for selling the country out to a Russian spy.  I hope you will be happy with the results of giving into your hatred and greed.

Election? Not What I Would Call It

Let me bring your attention to this piece in the Washington Post, outlining the massive effect that lyinog propaganda, channeled through Russia, and willingly circulated by both the Trump campaign, and (far more dangerously) the mainstream press in our country, and abetted by openly subversive behavior by the head of the FBI, were responsible for Donald Trump's victory.  Please take a moment to read it.

Republicans, after Obama's election, have refused to recognize him as their President, despite the fact that there was not a single reason to say that, except that he was black and they were racists.  Now, however, it is being portrayed as a sin to fail to capitulate and accept Trump as our leader, despite the clear fact that he would have never have been elected without his collaboration with the spy service and propaganda apparatus of a hostile, dictator-led foreign country; i.e. his treason.  There is no reason why any decent American should recognize Trump as President, and every reason not to, if we care about living in a democratic country.

Not my President; never will be.  The evil tool of a foreign government that has stolen our electoral process, and who is okay with their project to destroy us.  No decent American will ever willingly accept that.

And let me just add that the Washington Post, for decades one of the worst practitioners of what has been little more than enabling the Republican party to do its worst, has, since its acquisition by Jeff Bezos, become the major media outlet most likely to allow the truth to sneak through onto its pages.  I suggest you keep an eye on its coverage.  After years of being horrified at what it has perpetrated in the name of journalism, my wife and I just purchased an online subscription.  The Post, and Bezos personally, are already being savaged for what they are doing.  I hope they are able to stand up to the pressure.

And I hope none of us will ever weaken and allow ourselves to forget exactly why it is that Donald Trump is about to move into the White House.

A Brief Comment on the Transistion

I'm still bored to death with Donald Trump and his crooked circus, but I do want to comment on one thing that I am sort of half watching:  Does it turn out that Trump really is the crazy neo-Nazi right wing hater that he appeared during the campaign, or will it turn out that he is just one more Republican tool of the rich, who succeeded once again into conning the rubes into putting him in a position where he could savage their lives once again?

Look at his appointments:  an EPA administrator who is a tool of the Kochs who has consistently denied the existence of global warming; a Secretary of Education who has made it her lifelong task to destroy public education and turn schools into profit centers for large corporations, a National Security Advisor who hates Muslims with every fiber of his being and is constantly agitating for wars against them, and on and on.  And look what signature campaign issues he is backing away from: the wall, prosecuting Hillary, mass deportation.  Or look at his proposals for (surprise) less taxes and regulations on the really rich people.

Right now, I'd say that is the sign of a Paul Ryan in a clown costume; i.e. just one more rich crook bent on robbing the country into a state of total economic collapse.  It's too early to tell for sure, but I'm betting we've just seen the biggest con played on the American people since Ronald Reagan pulled the same trick in 1980.

And they never learn, do they?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Minor Story

It is a very minor, negligible story in the news today, that the President Elect of the United States agreed to pay $25 million dollars to "settle" fraud charges against himself, thereby admitting their truth, since no one can be stupid enough to come to any other conclusion in this case.

Hillary having done something with her e-mails, which eluded millions of dollars of Republican "investigations" designed to find anything wrong that she did, on the other hand, was subjected to literally thousands of stories in the mainstream press about this utterly bogus issue.  Take a look at this little chart, from Media Matters:

Those other columns in the bar graphs, includes any consideration of Trump's long record of criminality, and his connections with a foreign spy agency.  But no, all of that was of nearly no importance compared to what every single member of the press knew was an utterly meaningless fake scandal.

This is why we now must face a would-be dictator in the White House.  Essentially, this is the only reason.  And let us remember that reporting like this is one hundred percent the result of actions by Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich to allow essentially our entire mainstream press to be bought by a minuscule number or rich Republican sociopaths.  That too, by the way, is of course a story not worth covering.

People who voted for President this year voted for either fake malignant Hillary or a fake whitewashed Trump.  This is not anyone's idea of a fair election; it is a carefully paved steppingstone from democracy to totalitarian rule.  Until this sort of "free" press is crushed, the United States that has existed since the eighteenth century is dead.  And let me make myself clear, that the term "free" as applied to our current media only means the freedom of hyper-rich criminals to own the press and use it for their own purpose, which is to enrich themselves further at the expense of everyone else, and use the government to crush anyone that stands in their way.

Unfortunately, I see exactly zero way to change what we now have in the way of a free press, so I predict that if democracy ever rises again in this country, it is going to be after a period of dictatorship, followed by a vicious rebellion of some sort, because the Trumps and McConnells and Paul Ryans of this world are never going to give it to them voluntarily.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ape in Heels?

I'm pretty sure she's wrong about the ape in heels thing, but at least these photos prove that you can put lipstick on a pig.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Modest Suggestion for the Electoral College

U. S. Constitution, article II, section 1:

"Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress..."

We are never going to do away with the Electoral College, because it benefits Republicans too much for them ever to allow that.  In fact, we are never going to see it change, for the same reason, but here is a sample of how unfair things are now:  Wyoming, a terminally Republican State, gets one elector for every 195,000 people.  Alaska gets one elector for every 246,000 people; North Dakota gets one for every 252,000.

At the other end of the spectrum, California, a strongly blue State, gets one elector for every 711,000 people; New York one for every 683,000.

I know that most of you are aware that the electoral college system favors small States that are largely Republican, but I bet you are surprised at how extreme this favoritism is.  In small, largely Republican States, a voter counts for three times what one does in large States.

The result of this is that the last two Republican Presidents have been placed into office despite having received a minority of the nation's votes.  I don't count the rigged re-election of Bush II, so there has not been a legitimately elected Republican President in this country since 1988.  This is an intolerably situation, which could be corrected simply by amending the Constitution to make the apportioning of electors proportional to the States' populations.  This would require expanding the number of electors, at present to about 1600; otherwise, Wyoming would get no votes at all.  In fact, as things currently stand, it would require a population of close to 600,000 for a State to earn even one electoral vote.  An alternative might be to combine some States of small population into single electoral units.  The three States listed above, Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota, would under this system get one electoral vote among them, instead of the nine they now get.

Well, like so many fair things, it ain't going to happen, but I'm just saying...

Saturday, November 12, 2016


From the New York Post:

"The universe is set to be destroyed in a “big rip” that will suck the whole of reality into a dreadful nightmarish vortex of nothingness."

See- the United States is just a step ahead of the pack.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Modernism and the Death of the Victorian Dream

When I was at Cambridge, I had the opportunity to attend a course of lectures by the eminent architectural and cultural historian, Dalibor Vesely, described on Wikipedia as "one of the most outstanding architectural teachers of the late twentieth century."  These lectures, which attracted a large audience outside the Architecture department, had a tremendous effect on my thinking about intellectual history in the Victorian and modern periods, and I want to try to replicate here a small part of his thinking about that period, which came to be dominant in Cambridge intellectual life from the early eighties on.

It is important, as Veseley suggested, to understand the immense optimism of the Victorian era.  The nineteenth century saw the industrial revolution, which massively increased the output of goods and food, making famine a distant thing for many.  We saw the development of vaccines, which offered the very real prospect of seeing many of the maladies which had plagued mankind eliminated.  And equally important was the development of our understanding in a systematic way.  Progress in genetics, the mapping out of the periodic table of the elements and other such developments led to a faith that mankind was on the verge of moving past all of its previous horrors, to a new golden age.  This led to such heroic quests as Freud's attempt to reduce all human behavior to something as clearly delineated as the periodic table, or the long dead belief among modern architects that all design could be properly derived from an understanding of material function.

Well, most all of this, as we know, came to a devastating crash with World War I, where the world learned to its horror that progress can go the wrong way as easily as the right way, depending on who directs that progress.  And yet, through all of this, there remained a vestige of this heroic dream; and that was that morally, the world was moving into a new age, where abundant food and resources would allow the ages-old hatred and greed that had always plagued mankind to wither and die; where one by one, the world's people were learning to live in tolerance, and have a concern for the welfare of others.

I think we can now safely abandon that conceit, as, if anything, more delusional than the other Victorian dreams.  Evil; hatred, greed, the lust for cruelty for its own sake, the intense desire to punish others just for being different; these are an inseparable part of humanity.  We don't all suffer from these maladies; in fact the majority of people at any given time may be perfectly decent.  But it is seemingly beyond our capacity to eliminate this evil entirely from the human race, and those who are evil enough can succeed in blinding large parts of the populace to what it is that they are really supporting, so that endless horrors can be unleashed on us in their name.  Our country alone, supposedly the shining light of the earth, has slaughtered between two and four million civilians in Vietnam, and another million in Iraq, without a shred of justification, and without most Americans giving a damn.

People of good will have let their guard down again in this country, and assumed that their good will was contagious, and that it would be stronger than the lust for degradation that exists buried in so many.  Well, it wasn't, and now we are faced with the result.

"The right" has now shown itself, over and over again, for a century and a half, to be not the other side of some long-winded political or cultural debate; it is the face of evil, the face of greed, the face of hatred, the face of violence, alive today as it has been throughout the existence of mankind.  We must never, ever again delude ourselves into thinking that it is merely a political opponent.  Our attitude from this day forth must be to crush it like the diseased creature that it is.  There is no compromise with it.

The great failing of Obama was to push out of his consciousness this fact, as the right betrayed him, and lied to him, and suckered him over and over again.  Had he really fought the good fight against these people, instead of portraying them as reasonable opponents, we might have been in a different place today.  We must never make this mistake again.  I want to make it clear that, I fear, it is too late for this resolve to save the United States, which may have just made an irreversible move toward the scrap heap of history,  but next time, next country, maybe the populace will have the sense not to let false patriots casually extinguish the "shining light on the hill" about which they like to pontificate so insistently.