Friday, April 29, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup dedicated to Ann Coulter, who observed that if Hillary is elected President, we could "end up with nine Ruth Bader Ginsburgs on the Supreme Court."

Sorry, Ann,not a chance. This is America, not heaven.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "It's Working: Insurers Project 'Substantial Increases' in 2017 Obamacare Premiums"

Yeah, that would be about 4% over last year.  Not so much compared to the increases of well over 10% that had become normal before Obamacare.  Oh well, they can't stop lying.  Or their paychecks will be cut off, and what is 20 million people kicked off health insurance compared to that?

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Trump Running Up the Score, Hits 50 Percent in National Poll"

That's 50% in polls of Republicans, by the way.  I wouldn't want anyone out there to have a heart attack.  Anyway, the thing I love about Republican party apparatchicks here is that "running up the score," normally a derided practice in sports, has now been morphed into a synonym for "winning," when it's not the guy you want.  Oh well, we've had seven years to hear about how Obama wasn't really the President, so this doesn't amount to much in the way of a lie.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Ted Cruz 'Educates' Woman On Complicated Delegate Process: 'I Don't Control the Rules'

No, your rich backers do that for you.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Trump: This 'Collusion' Between Losers Cruz and Kasich is 'Desperate'"

It is.  But it's all you've got.  Deal with it.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Ted Cruz As Supreme Court Justice?  He would be AMAZING in this capacity."

Amazing.  Yeah, that would be one word for it.  A man with the morals of Antonin Scalia and the sanity of Geoffrey Dahmer.

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Voter ID law upheld in North Carolina. AGAIN. Geez, can’t the Left take a hint?"

Yeah! After decades of this, can't the left figure out that if Republicans can't win fair and square, they are going to cheat themselves into power?  And part of that power is appointing judges that will tell us to shut up because there isn't a damned thing we can do about it?  Get used to it, Democrats- it's not your father's democracy any more.  Or any kind of democracy for that matter.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Which candidate will protect our daughters?"

Good question, Bryan.  Which candidate will protect them from growing up in an uninhabitable world?  Which candidate will protect them from having their government give up any pretense of benefiting anyone except the super-rich?  Which candidate will protect them from the 300,000,000 guns on the loose around our country?

Oh, Bryan is talking about who will protect them from being assaulted in a womens' restroom by a man in a dress, something which, as far as I can tell, has never happened.  Well, thanks for being on the watch, Bryan.

And they are sure worried about this today at Renew America:

Dan Popp, Renew America:  "The war on God goes to the bathroom"

Great line there, Dan.  I hope they remember to lower the lid when they are done.  Dan continues:

"As Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz asked regarding the boys-in-the-girl's-room issue, "Have we gone stark, raving nuts?" Yes, Senator, that is exactly what has happened"

It sure is.  You have gone stark raving nuts.  I don't know how else to explain your obsessing month after month about something which has never been demonstrated to harm a single person, while ignoring the imminent collapse of the human race.

Sylvia Thompson, Renew America:  "If any Americans think that the Obama Treasury Department's decision to change the face of paper money has anything to do with good intentions, they are sadly mistaken. This move is another ploy by Barack Obama and his cadre of sycophants, behaving badly, to provoke divisiveness throughout the populace.  Under whatever guise Obama is cloaking this despicable move, he has delivered another blow to the American people, especially white people. Another in-your-face to all who hold this nation's founding and history dear...This man Barack Obama could not sink lower in my estimation. He is like a cancer eating away at the soul of the nation."

Oh well, everything Obama does is a cancer, we all know that.  I particularly liked this remark of Sylvia's:

"Classic liberal Greta Van Susteren, on her Fox News show, called the plan to remove Andrew Jackson from the twenty dollar bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman "stupid."

"Classic Liberal" Greta Van Susteren, who has spent the last two decades on Fox News pushing the Roger Ailes-Republican party line every single day.  Sometimes I just don't even know what to say about their willingness to believe anything that suits their purpose.

But of course, there is an explanation for everything:

"I hope it is not lost on anyone that Andrew Jackson was from Tennessee, a state that chose not to kowtow to Obama's half-blackness in his election bids of both 2008 and 2012"

Okay then, let's move on.

Michael Filozoff, American Thinker:  " Hastert is undoubtedly the pervert and sexual predator he is accused of being...(but) I am troubled by the way Hastert was prosecuted.  It seems to me that the government targeted Hastert because he was a prominent politician and, in so doing, threw the constitutional rights of criminal defendants out the window."

Prosecuting a Republican for any crime, no matter how bestial, is just out of bounds in America.

Daily Stormer:  "Imagine New Orleans Without Black People… Private Property Would be Virtually Unattainable"

Yeah, imagine the whole country without this:

or this:

or this:

Or, for that matter, without this:
(photo- New Orleans Food)

But property values would be a lot higher, yes sir!  Too high for that sort to even think of moving in!  Why, it would turn New Orleans into Orange County.  Wouldn't we all be better off with that?

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "EXCELLENT: Ted Cruz Announces Carly Fiorina As VP Candidate...This was a great event, Carly is a great pick, and this is all great news."

EXCELLENT!  Green Eagle agrees.  Hey, since when did Red State start letting liberals write posts there?  And let's not forget Caleb's opinion:

"my favorite thing about Carly is the way she handles the media. She’ll do that for the next few days and it will blow people away who have never seen it. And of course, she is incredible during political debates, which will be great when and if she faces off against whatever puppet Hillary sticks her clawed hand into."

Well, my theory is that Cruz picked Carly so people would have to stop saying he is the most disgusting person in the race.

And in case you didn't figure this out, in Republican English, "handles the media" roughly translates as "is able to lie with a straight face."

Kimberley Ross, Red State:  "If Hillary Wins, Let That Be on Trump Supporters"

Because it couldn't be that the American people think Hillary would be a good President.  Actually, Kimberley, if you want to keep the blame on your side of the aisle, how about blaming the leaders of the Republican party who spent the last thirty years creating an ignorant, violent base that makes all its decisions based on greed and hatred?  Trump is the result, not the cause, and if you don't deal with that fact, we'll have someone even worse next time, and the time after that, until finally the Republicans find a tyrant so persuasive that he will get a majority of Americans to believe that something a lot like Nazi Germany would be a much better way to run things.  And no, I'm not exaggerating.

And I love this one, for the most blatant, easily disproven lie of the year:

Jim Hoft (who else?), Gateway Pundit:  "SIMPLY THE WORST=> Obama is First President Ever to Not See Single Year of 3% GDP Growth"

Well, except for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Of course, growth was indeed below 3% in Obama's first year, following the great Bush depression.  But then, the Bush years have been pretty much been written out of existence in right wing history.  Just for your information, GDP growth for Bush's last year in office was -0.92%, the first time that GDP growth was negative since 1949.  That was, unoubtedly Obama's fault too.

Washington Examiner:  "As expected, Trump handily wins 5 liberal Eastern states—as Cruz looks forward to more friendly territory in rest of the primaries"

Sorry to break it to you, guys, but as far as I can tell, the closest "friendly territory" for Cruz is on the moon.  And I think I heard that Republicans closed all the polling places there, out of fear that aliens would show up to vote.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Piece of Advice for Hillary

And here it is:  The minute that it becomes clear that Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, announce that you will not debate him.  State openly that he is a racist, hate filled liar, and you will not participate in any event that he is involved with, nor aid him in promoting his hatred.  State publicly that you know that the press will do anything to present this as a horse race between two candidates who both have the ability to function as President, but we all know that this is a preposterous lie, and you will not give anyone a chance to whitewash this hateful man as a legitimate candidate to become President of the United States.

That would be a way to immediately perform a service to the American people.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Marriage Made In Heaven

I can't resist- Ted Cruz, probably the most loathed Presidential candidate of all time, and Carly Fiorina, the only person in the present field who might have topped him if she'd lasted that long.  A cross between Sarah Palin and Cruella de Ville., wait a minute, this is too easy.  I've got to get myself under control.

Well, I dare say it is obvious why he did it.  After getting mangled by Donald Trump last night, Cruz had two choices- sit around and wait for the hundreds of stories that report (correctly) that he is through, or try to somehow top that story with one of his own creation, to push it out of the headlines, and presumably give the people behind him a couple more weeks to figure out a way to rig the Republican convention in his favor, since we all know he can't win it fair and square.

Well, he really only had one thing he could do that would attract this much attention, short of having sex with a goat in front of the Washington Monument (which might or might not increase his position with the Republican base- it's a close call.)  Of course, no one can ever remember someone announcing their Vice Presidential candidate in April, and I mean really, when you are that far behind it means about as much as Green Eagle announcing what day he is going to show up for the Packers' training camp.  But there he goes- he plays the only (dare I say it) trump card he has, and announces his pick for Vice President, which, sure enough, got him most of the attention today.

So, Carly Fiorina?  That's it?  God in heaven above.  Ted, what were you thinking?  I promise you this- whatever minuscule chance Ted had before today, has erupted in smoke with this pathetic move.  Ted, Ted, Ted, don't you remember a guy named McCain?  I mean, it wasn't that long ago.  And Sarah Palin at least looked good, and seemed like she was having fun running for VP.  Sure, Carly is going to get out there and smear Hillary for all she is worth, which will be a sweet tune indeed for the fools that might support you, but at the same time, she will be constantly reminding people that Carly is CARLY, for damned sake, and YOU picked her.

Good luck, buddy. Because that's the only thing you've got left.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Republicans- The Options narrow

Well, as I see it, there were really three options open to the Republican party before tonight (leaving seppuku off the list, of course.)

The first one would have been to actually find a way to beat Donald Trump fair and square. Fair and square?  Slap my face, Mama, that was never going to happen- after all, we are talking Republicans here, and fair and square isn't really in their playbook.

Anyway, the chance for that option is vanishing as fast  as a Lamborghini ahead of you on the I-15 on the way to Vegas at about 3:30 in the morning.

Second, I suppose is having Trump meet with an unfortunate accident.  That, however, is unlikely on the grounds of cowardice, and not getting their hands dirty.  I mean, they do hate dirt.

Third is to cheat him out of a bunch of his delegates.

So, I guess, I have to go with option number three.

Of course, there would be the option of facing the catastrophe they have created, give up on 2016, and promise God never to do it again, in return for him not striking them down with a few plagues.

Nah- that's the least likely of the bunch.  So, I'm sticking with the notion that they will just cheat him out of the nomination, and what the hell can he do about it anyway?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Right Wing Rebellion Rises to New Heights!

Long term readers of Green Eagle may know that I have made a habit of collecting a record of right wing demonstrations and rallies, in an effort to make it clear what a gigantic fraud the whole notion of a great Conservative movement in the United States really is.  Well, here is another one.

Though we in the real world may have missed this, there has been a tremendous amount of attention drawn by right wingers to their latest grand act of rebellion, the "Rock Stone Mountain" rally, held today at the suburban Atlanta location of the founding of the KKK, in 1916.   The rally, as you can guess from the photos below, is intended to shove the Confederate flag in the faces of decent people. Here's a little coverage from CNN:

"Rock Stone Mountain -- the name given to Saturday's rally by organizers -- was held two days before the observance of Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia, a paid day off for some state employees. John Estes, an event organizer with the group Rock Stone Mountain, said Saturday's rally was intended to focus on what he called attempts to erase Confederate history and the white race altogether. 

When asked about perceptions that the event carried a hateful message, he replied "Everything we do is out of love. Love of our people. The only thing we hate is what the Bible teaches us to hate."

Apparently, the Bible teaches us to hate black people, whoever "us" is in this case.  Anyway, how did it go?  Well here are a couple of pictures:

Of course, all sorts of ludicrous claims are being made about how many people actually showed up for this idiocy.  As is my habit, I am showing the photos that I could find that showed the largest number of people.  I couldn't count more than 50 or 60 people in any one photo, so I'd guess that maybe 100 or 125 showed up.  Not exactly a new American revolution, but then it beats the number the Bundys could get in Oregon, I guess.  Or, as CNN reported:

"One "pro-white" demonstrator and eight counter-demonstrators were arrested Saturday during a rally at a suburban Atlanta landmark that pays tribute to Confederate leaders. 

The eight counter-demonstrators were among a crowd that appeared to outnumber by nearly 10 to 1 those wearing "White Lives Matter" shirts and waving Confederate flags."

So there you go.  How many of these humiliating failures will the right have to put on before the mainstream press reports the obvious truth: there is no there there.  The supposed massive right wing movement of furious patriots ready to come together to overthrow the government is a fiction.

I remember during the Vietnam era, we could get crowds of 5,000 or more in 20 cities simultaneously with only a day or two of notice.  The last anti-Iraq demonstration in Washington gathered 350,000 people, and the Occupy rallies drew tens or hundreds of thousands on many occasions.  These events are routinely all but ignored by the mainstream press, but three dozen people camping out in Oregon get wall to wall coverage for weeks, almost non-existent tea party rallies were covered over and over again, and things like today's event are treated as a real phenomenon in American politics.

Well, it all serves to keep up the illusion that there is a real popular force in the country  behind the corporate agenda that is all that right wing politics is really about.

Enough already; I've made my point.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is dedicated to Prince.  If you don't listen to Alex Jones, you probably are not even aware that Prince was recently killed by chemtrails:

Please take the time to watch this to the end, where you will see Alex advertising what I guarantee you is one of the most worthless medical "products" in the history of the world.

So, let's move on.  Isn't this exciting new to start with:

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "First Criminal Charges Made in Flint Water Crisis"

Of course, none of those charges were against Michigan governor Rick Snyder, or any of the people who conspired with him to feed the residents of Flint poisoned water, in order to make up some of the budget gap caused by their giving the State's money away to the rich guys who paid for their campaigns.  Because that is not illegal!  Thirty years of Republican control of the Supreme court, and this is what we get.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "Yes, We Need a Canadian Border Wall"

Having grown up on the shore of Lake Erie, I am waiting for someone like Michelle to explain how they are going to build the 800 miles of that wall which would go across the Great Lakes.   Or the wall they are going to build across terrain like this, in Glacier National Park:

In any event, the presence of a few thousand Syrian refugees in Canada is providing a perfect opportunity for the start of something I have been warning about for a couple of years now:  An increasingly alarmist narrative about the major threat Canada poses to the United States, so warmongers can justify starting a war they know they can win, and which would make so much money for the likes of the Koch brothers too.

Allen West, Town Hall:   "When I was a Congressional representative from South Florida, one of the major concerns was beach renourishment, the process of pumping sand back onto eroded beaches. The district I represented was all coastline, from Ft. Lauderdale up to Jupiter Inlet, and one of the major economic concerns was the erosion of the beaches. As we all can understand, if the beauty of the south Florida beaches declined, so did the attraction of visitors and economic growth. 

It is no different when one considers the slow erosion of American strength that has been occurring over the past seven years."

Allen, as a resident of South Florida, maybe you should get back to worrying about eroded beaches, because in a couple of decades, most of your former district is going to be under water.  But no, you just go ahead and worry about some Arabs breaking into your house and murdering you in your bed.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "The Largest Coal Company In The U.S. Filed For Bankruptcy Thanks To Obama's Regulations"

Well, actually, they went bankrupt because they couldn't run a profitable business without poisoning and killing people en masse, and for some strange reason, there were actually some people who were against letting them do that.  But no, it's all Obama's fault. If he'd just say "to hell with dead miners and poisoned cities" the way Republicans do, Peabody Coal Company would be thriving today.

Bob Barr, Town Hall:  "Remember Isaiah – Gun Grabbers Never Rest"

That would be the Isaiah in the Bible.  Funny, I don't remember anything about guns in the bible.  Guess that just shows how ignorant about religion I am.

Justin Haskins, Town Hall:  "New Report: Insurers Leaving Obamacare Exchanges in Droves"

It's finally falling apart just like they said it would!  Justin cites a survey claiming that the number of insurance companies in the program went from 307 last year, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 287!!!!!  Why, that's a decrease of SIX AND A HALF PERCENT!!  That certainly justifies the word "droves," doesn't it?

That miserable Obama, who decided that people's health is more important than a few insurance company owners having billions.  This is clearly an act of treachery to everything that our country is supposed to be about, and I bet it is a JOB KILLER too!  Impeach!  It's not too late!

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "OSU Administrators Put Protesters in Their Place: Leave or Be Arrested, Expelled"

It's your choice: your first amendment rights or your career.  Think about it before you open your God damned mouth, you dirty hippie.

Michael Harrington, Red State:  "New York never mattered, Ted Cruz won the Presidency...The odds of Trump getting the nomination is now under 1% "

Man, talk about living in a world of delusion.  I won't even explain the mathematical nonsense that let Michael to make this idiotic pronouncement.  I'd even be kind of inclined to go along with him if he'd said this:

"...The odds of Trump getting the nomination is now under 1%, because if you think the rich guys who own the Republican party are going to let anyone other than their miserable, corrupt servants get nominated, you are crazy. "

And you would be, too, the way things look now.  Remember old Joe Stalin saying, "it doesn't make any difference who votes, only who counts the votes."  Or, in this case, who they let vote.

World Net Daily:  "EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – An Evansville woman was in for a divine surprise after a prenatal checkup at her doctor’s office.  Aley Meyer’s ultrasound picture of her baby boy appears to show an image of Jesus on the cross. Aley told 14 News that she didn’t even notice until about a week later when someone pointed it out at her baby shower."

Okay.  Whatever.  Good thing her friend took a look at the picture, or all of God's efforts might have been for nothing.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Why so many anti-LGBT hoax ‘hate crimes’?"

You know what, asshole, I'm a lot more interested in why there are so many real anti-LBGT hate crimes.  Not that we don't know why; it's because the country is filled with violent haters like you.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Of Course, Hillary Clinton Thinks 'We Have Just Too Many Guns' In This Country"

Why, we only have slightly more than one per person.  How can that possibly meet our need for self protection?

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "What if the Left Doesn’t Really Want to Achieve its Policy Goals?"

What if the Easter Bunny is really a cockroach in a suicide vest?  Of course, at the White House Easter egg hunt, maybe it is.  John couldn't find a single actual member of the left to say this, of course, so he had to resort to someone in the Wall Street Journal to make that claim, also without evidence of any kind.  Well, it's so obvious that who needs proof?

And if you think they are done with those evil environmentalists (and President Obama) today, there's this:

Paul Driessen, Town Hall:  "The great white environmentalist sharks smell blood in the water. It’s gushing from mortally wounded US coal companies that the Obama EPA has gutted as sacrifices on the altar of “dangerous manmade climate change” prevention and other spurious health, ecological and planetary scares."

They will never stop lying, until we destroy the people who are paying them not to stop.  Let us make this clear:  there is hardly a single one of these people who doesn't know what the truth is.  They are payed to destroy the future of humanity, and they do not give a damn about how evil they are.

Kimberley Ross, Red State:  "A White House Win That Isn’t Worth Having"

They're munching on those sour grapes already.  Hope you like them, guys.  You're going to get a heaping plateful of them in November.

B. L. Bennett, Red State;  "The Trump Camp’s Cyber-War on Ted Cruz...Something unique has been happening, that prevents a large segment of the electorate from getting that information: The Trump team and its surrogates have driven a massive, unprecedented smear campaign against Ted Cruz that is damaging our system of free and informed voting. Integral to this campaign is an immense dissemination of slanted news and untruths over the Internet."

A MASSVE, UNPRECEDENTED smear campaign, I tell you.  Why, Republicans never directed a tenth as much venom toward, say, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton!  No, they have been treated with perfect respect and honesty, amirite?  Besides, it doesn't really count, does it, when you lie about a Democrat.

And thanks for this explanation of how democracy works if you are a Republican:

Streiff:  "Why Donald Trump Getting 1,237 Bound Delegates Doesn’t Mean He Wins"Streiff offers this explanation:  

“Even if Trump reaches the magic number of 1,237 the media and RNC are touting, that does not mean Trump is automatically the nominee,” (an unbound delegate from North Dakota)said. “The votes earned during the primary process are only estimates and are not legal convention votes. The only official votes to nominate a candidate are those that are cast from the convention floor.”

Aren't you glad to learn that under our system of government, your vote is not really a vote but only an "estimate?"  But I guess you already knew that, at least since George W. Bush moved into the White House.

Michael Ledeen, PJ Media:  "Once We Had Some Muslim Friends...Leave it to Obama to alienate the proverbial Arab Street."

The Muslims just loved us before that vicious dictator Obama took over, don't you know?  Why look at the horrible World Trade Center bombing which happened on his watch, and our invasion of Iraq, which he also carried out.  Before Obama, Muslims were all our friends.  Now, even though he is a pro-Jihadi secret Muslim terrorist himself, they hate us.  Makes sense, right?

A little note:  after several years of complaints from my wife that Wingnut Wrapup posts are too long, I finally have given in, and will try to keep them a little shorter for a while.  I always liked the idea of letting people see just how massive the amount of propaganda the right produces, but I guess if I'm boring people to tears by the ends of my posts, that isn't such a good thing.  Just remember, please, that what you see here is just the tiny tip of a very big iceberg.

Friday, April 22, 2016

In The Tank For the Republicans...Again

I mean, of course, the mainstream press.  Daily Kos has compiled a handy collection of mainstream reactions to the claim by Donald Trump that all of his inciting hatred and violence for the last year was nothing but an act, and that we should just forget all about it.  Here are some excerpts.  As with the things I quote in Wingnut Wrapup, they are so contemptible that I will not dignify them with a link; if you want to read more, go to the link to Daily Kos.

Washington Post:  "Trump’s chief strategist Paul Manafort told members of the Republican National Committee in a closed-door briefing here Thursday afternoon that his candidate has been playing a “part” on the campaign trail, but is starting to pivot toward presenting a more businesslike and presidential “persona.” [...] 

Manafort said Trump is “totally committed” to “carrying the brand of the Republican Party” in the fall. He reassured RNC members that Trump would view them as “partners” in the general election."

Not a word about the fact that the guy has risen to the lead in the Republican party by, apparently selling a total lie to the American people; or maybe he meant everything he said, and he's lying now. When Hillary changed her opinion on gay marriage after years of thought, that was universally portrayed as a pandering flip-flop, proving she was a dishonest, power hungry pol.  But, being a Republican, it's just expected that Trump will tell a totally different story about everything he believes to the Republican base and everyone else, without ever risking being called a liar.

AP:  "The message, delivered behind closed doors in a private briefing, is part of the campaign's intensifying effort to convince party leaders Trump will moderate his tone in the coming months to help deliver big electoral gains this fall, despite his contentious ways. [...] 

"He gets it," Manafort said of Trump's need to moderate his personality. "The part that he's been playing is evolving into the part that now you've been expecting, but he wasn't ready for, because he had first to complete the first phase. The negatives will come down. The image is going to change."

See, "he gets it."  He gets the fact that it is his job to lie his way into power, because that is what Republicans are allowed, and expected to do.    He "had to complete the first phase," i.e. inciting hatred, racism and violence among the Republican base, because that is what Republicans do to win elections.  It's all okay, though, because that's today's rules.  Now, we need to just forget about all of that, and take him to be a reasonable politician with well-thought out, moderate positions.  While, of course, Hillary will be crucified for things she said thirty years ago, whether she really said them or not.

Slate:  “The campaign is evolving and transitioning, and so am I,” Trump boasted to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, promising to be “more effective and more disciplined” on the trail. “I’m not going to blow it,” he added." 

More of the same.  "Evolving and transitioning" from one insincere lie to another.  Or maybe from a lie to the truth, or from the truth to a lie.  Who knows?  

CBS News:  " it might be instructive to look at the promises he's made that are purely operative during the campaign cycle. He has discarded some, deferred others, and kept only parts of others."

  "Purely operative during the campaign cycle..." -i.e. are total lies.  But that's okay, because he is a Republican, and no one in the mainstream press expects the Republicans to tell the truth.  That's because they all know that the truth is that the Republican party is currently owned by the richest couple of thousand families in the country, and will enthusiastically destroy every one of the rest of us, if it benefits those families.  Not really a winning platform, so it is the press' job to convince voters that a strategy of infinite lying to get elected is a fine way to run the country.

Salon:  "For the last year, Trump has been unwieldy, undisciplined, and inconsistent. That approach may win him the most primary votes, but it won’t unite the party behind him at the convention. If anything, the 1.0 version of Trump was talking and insulting himself into a political cul-de-sac. But Trump 2.0, as Cillizza put it, will “show unbound delegates as well as party leaders and influencers that he can be magnanimous, that he can be a uniting force within the party.” “The campaign is evolving and transitioning,” Trump said recently, “and so am I. I’ll be more effective and more disciplined. I’m not going to blow it.” 

All of these changes ought to terrify Republicans looking to stop Trump. If the Donald is going to feign dignity and talk like an actual presidential candidate, they’re in real trouble. It’s much easier to sabotage Trump at the convention if he’s still playing the role of the race-baiting clown. But if he’s willing to play the game as he has the last week or so, well, that adds a whole new layer to the Republican race."

The changes "ought to terrify Republicans."  They should be terrified, I tell you, that they got exactly the kind of candidate and exactly the kind of base that they have spent forty years deliberately constructing.  Even from a presumably left-leaning place like Salon, not one word about how terrified the rest of us should be at the almost inevitable prospect that the mainstream press (and, welcome to the club, Salon) is going to conspire with the Republican party to hide the months of evidence that they are nominating a hate-filled, ignorant, lying demagogue to be President of the United States.

Long time readers of Green Eagle can skip the rest here, as I am going to repeat something I have said over and over again.  The Democrats could crush the miserable, hate-filled Republican party out of existence without even trying.  What they cannot beat is the Republicans and the press working together to fulfill the dreams of their rich masters.

And that's what we've got.  Thank you, Ronald Reagan, Antonin Scalia and the rest of the corrupt "strict constructionalist" liars and con men who gave us this gift, as a substitute for democracy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beyond "Both Sides Do It"

The Washington Post has been the national center of both-siderist delusions for decades.  Now, in the voice of the pathetic "centrist" Dana Milbank, they are going beyond both siderism, and essentially laying the groundwork to blame the Democrats for the Republican Presidential catastrophe:

"Democrats’ delight at the prospect of a Trump candidacy is well-founded. Last week’s Post-ABC News poll finds that an impressive 67 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump and only 31 percent have a positive view — far worse than Ted Cruz (36 percent positive, 53 percent negative), or Hillary Clinton. 

All signs suggest Trump would be an electoral disaster for Republicans, but I won’t join those who for that reason want him to be the Republican nominee. The important thing is not what’s best for Democrats but what’s best for the country — and that means not having a race-baiting demagogue as the nominee of a major party... even if Trump is easier to defeat, his nomination alone would be a blow to U.S. standing, which has already suffered from his success. "

You see, it is up to the Democrats to prevent the Republicans from nominating a candidate that is the logical result of decades of Republicans training their base to act on the basis of hatred, ludicrous claims of victimization, and greed.  The Republicans can act in any manner that advances their feed-the-rich agenda, no matter how much damage it has already done to the United States, but if the Democrats do not jump in to save the Republicans from disaster, they are betraying the country for partisan purposes.  It is the obligation of Democrats to make sure that, no matter how piggish and anti-American the Republicans are, they nominate a candidate capable of winning in November.

Even if that candidate is the clearly mentally ill, theocratic would-be dictator Ted Cruz, about whom it is now possible for Milbank to engage in the most absurd fantasies:
"(Cruz)  has shown an inclination to play by the rules — and that’s a safeguard Trump doesn’t offer."

An "inclination to play by the rules;" presumably demonstrated by his repeated attempts to shut down the government and destroy the economic stability of the United States if it does not go along with his insane plans for the country.  These are the rules of Hitler and Mussolini, Mugabe and Idi Amin; but they are rules, I guess, so it is necessary for the Democrats to come together to give him a shot at the Presidency.

No comment on the necessity for the Republicans to stop endless incitement of hatred and greed; that is apparently just fine to Milbank.  And don't wait for Milbank to write a column demanding that the Republicans come together to elect Hillary or Bernie, because their remaining candidates are hateful maniacs.  No, it is the Democrats who must always be the ones to cave, no matter how spectacularly abominable Republicans are.

A Woman on the $20 Bill

Now they are saying that it will take until 2030 to get a woman on the $20 bill.  I guess there is going to be a long fight over which woman gets to have her picture on the $20 bill, so Green Eagle thought he would get his idea out there early, so momentum could build around this obvious choice: Angelina Jolie:
Of course, as shown, we must put her on the bill sideways, so we can see more of her.
Note:  Just a joke there, guys.  Don't anyone beat up on poor old Green Eagle for it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sad News From Georgia...Just Kidding.

More news from the South, this one featuring an "Imperial Wizard" of the KKK:

"An “imperial wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan died Friday after an hours-long standoff with police, WALB reports. 

J.J. Harper exchanged fire with police during an 8-hour standoff in Dooly County following a domestic dispute. He was a well-known and active member of the KKK, law enforcement confirmed. “imperial wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan died Friday after an hours-long standoff with police, WALB reports. 

J.J. Harper exchanged fire with police during an 8-hour standoff in Dooly County following a domestic dispute. He was a well-known and active member of the KKK, law enforcement confirmed. 

During the standoff, “Harper exited and entered his residence multiple times wearing a bullet resistant vest, gas mask, and other weapons to include a long gun and handguns,” police said in a statement to the Telegraph. 

Police told the station that during the standoff, Harper had vowed, “Someone’s going to die today.”

Someone did.

J. J. Harper, exercising his first amendment rights at a previous event.  

 According to Macon news station, the confrontation took place on the day before a court-ordered division of property was to take place between Harper and his wife, who were divorcing. Well, it should be a lot easier to divide the property now.  

Forgive me for being so contemptuous of this idiot, but what was the last time that a left leaning person in this country went out in such a pathetic manner?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's start out with a shout out to Alphonso Mobley, an Ohio Sovereign Citizen who unfortunately blew both his hands off while trying to make a bomb to use in an armored car robbery.  I was going to say there's nothing funny about this latest in a long string of Sovereign Citizen violent incidents, but I take it back.  Sorry, it is kind of funny.  Not as funny, however, as watching the Republican party trying to cheat its way out of the fate it has spent so many decades carefully constructing.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "When Did It Become Controversial To Keep Men Out Of The Women's Bathroom?"

When did it become controversial to keep black people out of white people's bathrooms?  Except in certain parts of the South, where that still seems like a good idea to lots of people.

Stephen Moore, Town Hall:  "Why Do Liberals Hate America?  The idea of American exceptionalism has been embedded in our collective DNA for generations. It is the faith-based belief that, as Ronald Reagan put it, America is a "shining city on a hill."

Yeah, it is also the belief that lets most Americans crow about how we are the greatest country on earth, when the circumstances of our lives are near the bottom of all industrial countries.  It's the belief that allows people to buy into massive, criminal aggressions against other countries, over and over again, to be just fine with torture and imprisonment without trial, and to blab all day long about the Constitution, when they obviously don't give a damn about what it says.  So, in answer to your question, we don't hate "America."  We hate you, and all of the damage that  your greed and your hatred and your violence have done to the America that we thought we knew.  Suck on that, brother.

Mike Adams, Town Hall:  "Sexual McCarthyism...I'm old enough to remember a time when civil rights struggles focused on noble causes"

Well, first of all, when those struggles over "noble causes" were going on, people like you condemned them just as strongly as you are now condemning today's struggles.  And secondly, nice try there, picking one of the most disgusting Conservative demagogues in our history and trying to claim that he was just like liberals.

And now, let's take a moment for Comedy Corner:

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "The most profound thinkers in America are conservative."

Hope you got a chuckle out of that one.  I was going to list some of the profound Conservative thinkers that Dennis mentioned, but it would only make you lose your lunch.

Leon H. Wolff, Red State:  "Are the Democrats Going to Have their Own Contested Convention?"

Misery loves company, I guess.

Dan Speyer, Red State:  "Voters Want a Leader Willing to Say or Do Anything"

REPUBLICAN voters, that is.  Republican voters want a leader willing to say or do anything.  You forgot to add that part, Dan.

Mychael Massie, World Net Daily:  "(Barack Obama and his wife) are the worst kind of racialists; they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit it, Michelle Obama’s raw contempt for white America is transpicuous...

(Obama) is one who has rejected truth and replaced it with a vain attempt to change the ramifications of his flawed theory. He is confused, lost and “hellward” bound. He is a person unable to make sound decisions for his own life and yet he has convinced people he is able to make decisions for them, which explains in large part why his administration has been the model of failure."

Disrespect for the office of the President...replacing truth with cant.  Man, what a great summary of their own behavior.  But then, as always, that's what wingnut attacks on Obama are really about- an attempt to blot from their own minds just how terrible the results were when we had a President who followed their rules.  Make that two- Reagan and W.

Jeannie DeAngelis, American Thinker:  "Hillary Clinton’s Abortion Quagmire"

See what I mean about projecting their own problems onto the Democrats?  Trump makes one of the most piggish statements about abortion in years; the response is that it is really Hillary that has an abortion problem.


Kill the messenger.  By the way, just what do the guys at Breitbart think the scandal is about?  Are they really surprised that a law firm that would do this would do other crooked things too?

Roy J. Ramthun, National Review Online:  "Why Is Obamacare Regulating Health Savings Accounts Out of Existence?"

Maybe because "health savings accounts" are just one more way for the rich to thieve money from the middle class?  No, it must be because Obama is a Communist, right?

Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "North Carolina Won’t Be Bullied By Big Business Hypocrites"

They are, however, not objecting to big business bullying them to hand over more money to the rich. That's not hypocrisy, just greed, and since when was there anything wrong with that?

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Reports: Cruz Poised to Dominate Delegates in Colorado This Weekend"

Maybe they should have thought twice about legalizing pot.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Pro-life groups are demanding California Attorney General Kamala Harris resign her post and end her bid for the Senate after her office stormed into the home of pro-life activist and journalist David Daleiden on Tuesday. They were searching for his undercover Planned Parenthood videos exposing the organization's inhumane treatment of unborn babies."

They might as well be searching for the Ark of the Covenant, since Planned Parenthood never engaged in "inhumane treatment of unborn babies," as has been established by investigations in at least eleven States so far, all of which have found that Daleiden's videos were lying distortions.

And now, how about the most pathetic right wing conspiracy theory of the day?

Susan Wright, Town Hall:  "Clinton Staffers Blast Press With White Noise...At a Colorado fundraiser on Thursday, reporters outside of the event had an unpleasant surprise. Staffers for Clinton blasted the press with static noise, preventing them from hearing the content of Clinton’s speech."

Right.  Like they couldn't find out what Hillary said any other way, and like the noise was so cleverly designed that it only affected the press, and not Hillary's audience.  They will believe anything, and they will try to turn anything into a scandal.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "Lindsey Graham Agrees To Meet With Obama SCOTUS Pick Because Why NOT Undermine Entire Republican Party, Right?"

Thanks, Caleb, for admitting out loud that a Senator who follows the Constitution is undermining the Republican party.  A lot of us have known that for a long time, but it's nice of you to abandon even the pretense that you care about the Constitution.

Kimberley Ross, Red State:  "Planned Parenthood Wants to Kill Disabled Babies, So They’re Suing Indiana"

This is distinguished from Republicans, who are actually trying to kill as many disabled children as they can, by taking away their medical coverage.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Calvin Klein Model Antonio Sabato, Jr: “I’m Behind Trump 100%” – “I Cannot Trust Cruz”

Need any more proof how pathetic the Republican frontrunners are, when the best either one can do for an endorsement is a Calvin Klein model?

Chad Felix Greene, American Thinker:  "Want to Improve Your State? Pass an Anti-LGBT Law!  Want to be more in charge of your own laws, your own economy and your own path with less interference overall? Pass more ‘anti-LGBT’ laws. "

Yeah, that will work.  Say your State is North Carolina or Kansas.  Just give in to the haters in your population, and soon you will zoom past California or New York in economic strength and quality of life.  Give it a try, red states.  We'd love to see the results.  Really.  We really would.

Town Hall:  "WATCH: Cruz Sponsors Bill With Schumer to Recover Art Stolen By Nazis"

Well, so glad that he's doing something so brave and controversial.  Of course, it will probably turn out that all of the recovered art goes straight to the Koch brothers. Can't say I know that for a fact, but if past experience is any sign...

Awr Hawkins, Breitbart:  "Ex-Playboy Playmate Gets Long-Awaited Gun Permit, Pistol for Self-Defense"

The right is getting pretty hard up for good news these days, I guess.

Breitbart News:  "Conservative Jews Look to Gamble on Ted Cruz"

Both of them.

And now, the laugh line of the day:

Jack Cashill, American Thinker:  "The political establishment and the media refuse to credit the GOP primary outcome to this point for what it is: an unprecedented triumph of the Democratic process."

A "democratic process" that threw up an authoritarian demagogue and a religious psychotic, and now seems posed to stab them both in the back in favor of the rich guys' choice.  What a triumph!  Jack Continues:

"This year, the Republicans have defied their own party mandarins, the high priests of political correctness, and a complicit and corrupt media to stage the most exciting and energetic primary process since they nominated underdog Abraham Lincoln on the third ballot during a tumultuous Chicago convention."

Well, they have done exactly what their party mandarins have been teaching them to do for decades: go on an irrational, savage tantrum which offers the country the chance to destroy itself permanently.  If that is a triumph, it is on the level of the one the Germans had in Czechoslovakia in 1938.

By the way, pretty pathetic attempt to link Cruz and Trump with Abraham Lincoln.  Really, you should be ashamed.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Bolton: Will Obama Apologize For US Destroyer ‘Getting in Way’ of Russian Airplane?"

John, will you apologize for that damned stupid moustache already?  Jeez, don't you ever look in the mirror?

Bryan Crabtree, Town Hall:  "Support Trump? You're a Corrupt, Violent, Bigoted Dimwit."

Well, you could say the same thing about any Republican, really.

Neil Stevens, Red State:  "Bill of Rights under attack: Democrat Don Beyer wants to ban gun stores"

Funny, I don't remember anything in the bill of rights about a right to sell guns.  In fact, I don't even remember the second amendment giving citizens a right to own guns.    If you read the Federalist papers, you will learn that a part of "regulating" the militia consisted in the government supplying them with their weapons.  Of course, the clear words of the Constitution mean nothing when right wingers want it to mean something else.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "VIDEO=> Watch US Patriot Shout Down Anti-Trump Protester in Pittsburgh"

No thanks, Jim.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "NEW YORK VALUES=> Ted Cruz Speaks at NY GOP Dinner – Audience Speaks Over Him"

The audience did not cease all activity and listen with rapt attention when Ted Cruz spoke.  ABOMINATION!!!!  On the other hand, a "US Patriot" shouting down an anti Trump person- that is just fine and dandy.

And let's just go out on this:

Sarah Palin:  "I can't see any of them inviting me," she said of party leaders. "I think they are afraid of what I would say."

Aren't we all.

The Republican Race Gets Really Dirty

What do you have left in a country when you have this sort of thing happening?

"Donald Trump may have retroactively lost his Georgia delegate lead to Ted Cruz, even after scoring a decisive victory in the state primary on March 7. 
Individual congressional districts met Saturday to select the 43 of the 76 delegates that would be going on to the Republican convention in Ohio at the end of July. Each of the 14 conventions picks three delegates and three alternates. 
Despite Donald’s advantage in votes, Ted’s supporters now appear to make up the majority of Georgia’s representation going on to the state convention in Augusta."

God knows, I am not a supporter of Trump, but when a party is rigging its own selection process right out in the open, what exactly does our vaunted American democracy mean any more?

And I love the press response to this, which is to attack Trump for just being too unprepared and ignorant of the process to get the delegates that the people of Georgia awarded him.  It is now the height of ignorance to expect that the Republican party will not sabotage the open vote of its own supporters, and a sign of incompetence to expect the Republican party to keep its end of the electoral deal.

Of course, no one with half a brain could expect anything less from Republicans- the entire competitiveness of the party in the last two decades has depended on deceit and cheating- but still, blaming the victim of this process is a really pitiful spectacle.  Faced with what looked to be a sure Trump majority by the time of the Convention, it seems to be just fine for the party to stab its own voters in the back.  Of course, that is what they do with every action they take, but not usually this openly.

This is not democracy, and anyone who thinks it is, is an idiot.

And let me end with a quote from Roy Edroso:

"The establishment has the juice to get Cruz the nod, it seems, but not the juice to make it look legit. But Cruz doesn’t care — and why should he? Come the general, he’ll have a whole army of rightbloggers lying their asses off for him..."

And a billion dollars or more to spend spreading the lies.  I'll leave it at that.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Another Fine Example of the Conservative Way of Doing Business

Poor i-heart radio, formerly Clear Channel, the force behind Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and most of the other right wing liars that have polluted our nation's politics for the last couple of decades.  And it may mark the end of the obscene $40 million a year paychecks that Limbaugh has gotten as a reward for lying the American people into disaster.  It seems you should be careful which of your fellow right wingers you get involved with, because they are not always dedicated solely to the best interests of your company.  From a very good article at Media Matters, the following excerpts, then of course my own cranky take on the whole thing:

"During the late 1990s and early 2000s the company, feasting on the fruits of media deregulation, gorged itself with profits. (It also bullied the music business for years.) 
Since then, not so much. And what a brutal ride it’s been for investors:
Clear Channel stock price, January 2000: $90.
Clear Channel stock value, April 2007: $39.
iHeartMedia stock price, July 2011: $8.30.
iHeartMedia stock price at close of yesterday: $1.15.
The company hasn’t reported a profit since 2007. 
How bad was the deal? Monumentally bad: 
In 2007, the company, then called Clear Channel, reported a net income of $939 million. In the years since the LBO, the company has reported losses of between $220 million and $4 billion per year. For 2015, it reported a loss of $738 million. 
Today, the interest paid on iHeartMedia’s massive debt gobbles up earnings. “Revenue last year was $6.5 billion. A $1.74 billion interest expense drove a net loss of $661 million”
Can you spot the glaring error in the above?  Here it is:

"How bad was the deal? Monumentally bad"

Bad for i-heart, maybe, and bad for Rush (I know we are all going to be crying over that,) but the important thing is that it was a monumentally good deal for Bain Capital, its creator (Mitt Romney-remember him?) and all of the other corporate vampires riding the Bain express train to riches.  For, this deal represents exactly the way that Bain Capital, and all companies like it, do business, which is to forcibly take over management of a company, and then use their position to take out huge loans in the company's name, the largest part of which they transfer to themselves, leaving the company a shattered, broken remnant of its former self.

In the process, tens of thousands of hard working Americans lose their jobs, and monsters like Romney use their privileged position in society to end up worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Don't believe me?  During the 2012 election, I wrote a couple of fairly long analyses of several companies, and what happened to them when they ran into Bain Capital.  You can find these posts here and here, where you will discover that what is happening to i-heart is not a "bad deal," but the deliberate despoiling of a large, successful company, an act which should be a major crime.

So in brief, Ronald Reagan, in one of the most corrupt acts in U.S. history, used the swan song of deregulation to play a gigantic trick on the American people, allowing practically all of our mainstream media to be bought up by large corporations.  Then, through even more deregulation, he allowed financial parasites like Bain Capital to plunder the wealth of these corporations.  In this case, it leaves us with one more corporate basket case, who knows how many people who have lost jobs that they were doing well, and a couple more billions in the hands of monsters like Mitt Romney.

In case you have not figured it out yet, people, that is not a "bad deal."  It is exactly the way the economy is supposed to work, when Republicans and the rich sociopaths that own them control the country.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Simple Answers to Stupid Questions

Adam Alabaster keeps asking:

"In the 2012 election, Obama picked up more big newspaper endorsements than Romney. 

In both 2008 and 2004, the Democrat running for president obtained endorsements from the majority of the 100 biggest newspapers in the United States. In 2008, Obama beat McCain, 65-25, with 10 giving either no endorsement or a split endorsement. In 2004, Kerry gained 54 endorsements, compared to Bush' 37 (9 of the papers gave no endorsement). 

If the mass media is so conservative, how did Kerry and Obama gain so many endorsements from big newspapers? "

Simple, Adam.  In a rational country, after the miserable failure of the Bush administration and their worthless Republican policies, no newspapers would endorse the exact same policies from Bush, McCain and Romney.  Even a single media source endorsing Bush in 2004, McCain or Romney is a sign that they didn't give a damn about what is best for the country.

Now, Adam and Dikran, don't think you are going to worm your way back in here by pretending to be reasonable a couple of times.  We all know you are both trolls who don't give a damn about the truth, any more than a newspaper that could endorse George W. Bush in 2004.  So, don't waste my time any more.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Our Reluctant Hero

Can there be anything more touching than Paul Ryan's selfless declaration that he is not running for President?  Unless it is the utterly uncritical acceptance of his claim by the entirety of the mainstream press, despite the fact that he played this exact same Brer Rabbit game on them less than a year ago, when he positively stated that he wanted nothing to do with the House Speakership, until he manipulated his party's leaders into arranging things to make him look like an altruistic hero for deigning to accept the third highest position in the country.

Well, do you believe that the entire mainstream press is that naive and forgetful?  Or are they once again willingly complicit in trying to help the Republican party escape paying a price for its piggish behavior?

As I have said before, I will buy the arguments I hear that the press is just trying to sell their product, or that they are uneducated dupes of politicians, the day the whole thing works in favor of Democrats for a change, instead of Republicans.  I have been waiting since the Reaganoid takeover of the mainstream media in this country for that to happen, but I have long ago concluded that it is not just Fox news that is a propaganda arm of the rich and their party, but the entire news media, with virtually no exceptions.

Prove me wrong, guys.  Just don't ask me to hold my breath.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Republican Party Reaches the Top of the World

They've finally gotten exactly where they have worked for decades to be, and it is Tremendous!

North Korea Barks

Time to bite back?  Here's an interesting development:

"Seoul (AFP) - North Korea said Saturday it had successfully tested an engine designed for an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that would "guarantee" an eventual nuclear strike on the US mainland."
The Fat Man himself

Notice they apparently did not say that they would have the ability to strike the United States; they guaranteed that they would strike the United States.

As I have argued for years, "regime change" and preemptive strikes have proven to be horribly misguided actions in the hands of the United States, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

What's more, it is clear that the vast majority of the North Korean's belligerent statements are intended to keep their own population in a state of panic great enough to prevent them from revolting against the rape of their country by its leaders; still, people with the power to carry their threats out need to show some caution in what they say.

Nevertheless, enough is enough.

It should be made clear to the North Korean government that the day they are found to have the real capability to launch a nuclear strike on the United States, they will be immediately removed from power by any means necessary.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Well, everybody seems to be going around saying how delusional Bernie is to keep insisting that he has a path to getting the Democratic nomination.  I just want to say that the best thing that Bernie could ever do is to stay in the race.  This is because the minute he drops out, the Republican death star is going to turn every bit of its power on Hillary, dredging up every one of the hundreds of lies that they have told over the years, and spending hundreds of millions to cram them down people's throats.  The longer that gets put off, the better for decent people everywhere.

Of course you can't admit that you are going to lose, and then stay in the race, but if Bernie and Hillary haven't reached an understanding about this, they are both fools.  We know that, when the time comes, Bernie will be one hundred percent behind Hillary; for now, he's keeping the vultures away from her.

Like the Occupy movement a couple of years ago, Bernie has already done a mammoth service to this country, by forcing the country's conversation to turn from bogus issues about the national debt, the nonexistent cracking apart of social security and medicare, and the need to spend ever more on the military, to the plundering of the country by the hyper-rich.  It will be a long time before the Republicans will be able to put that genie back in their bottle, and that is a wonderful contribution to our nation's real interests.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Job Killer

"Job Killer."  How many times have we heard the Republicans throw around that term, whenever the Democrats try to accomplish anything, and invariably without a shred of fact to back up their claims. No Democratic initiative has come in for more of this counterfactual name-calling than Obamacare. So, five years on, it is helpful, I think, to look at the reality, as shown by this chart, from an article at Forbes' website, hardly a progressive bastion:

As the article points out, the Republicans have unwillingly had to pretty much give up that talking point, but they've had five years to work it into the public consciousness; so it is unfortunately necessary to make a counterstrike against a punch that was thrown years ago.

This is just one little specimen of the Alice in Wonderland fantasy that is Conservative economics; a fantasy that has brought us two total economic collapses in the last century, and never done a damned bit of good to anyone, except as an excuse to cut rich peoples' taxes, which is all the Republican party exists for.  So they will keep pushing discredited slogans and economic cant on us until we just get worn out and let them get away with their predatory behavior.  We can't let that happen, unless we all want to end up living in tin shacks alongside of open sewers, so we have to fight long won battles over and over.

Wingnut Wrapup

They're getting really desperate for things to complain about now:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Obama Praised Bostonians For Shopping Following Their Attack, Slammed Bush For Encouraging The Same Thing In 2008"

Don't count on getting much traction with that one, Matt.  I mean, really.

And another oldie but goodie:

Cal Thomas, Town Hall:  "The "Apology Tour" Comes Full Circle"

The apology tour- remember that one?  It was only about the three hundredth imaginary Obama scandal invented by Republicans.  Maybe people have forgotten what a pack of lies it was, and the Republicans can still get some use out of it.

And they aren't done yet:

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "'Tremendous Mistake': MSNBC Slams Obama for Argentine Tango as Brussels Bleeds"

Well, not MSNBC exactly- former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough on MSNBC.  Another bogus scandal from the party whose President went to a birthday party while New Orleans drowned.  Haven't they figured out yet that, at long last, and about six years too late, Obama has given up caring a damn about what the whole pack of disloyal, seditious, corrupt Republicans think about anything?

But wait, they can still sink further into idiotic irrelevance:

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "ESPN Roasted Obama On His Lack of Baseball Skills"

Yeah?  But he can still sink the three, sucker.

Armstrong Williams, Town Hall:  "Do Not Interfere with the Will of the People in An Effort To Stop Trump"

Or he'll tweet out an unflattering picture of your wife.

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "We Are Neville Chamberlain...Immigration is the new "No Nukes/Save the Whales" movement, only with more body bags."

I'm not quite sure what exactly Neville Chamberlain has to do with saving the whales, and believe me, I'm not about to waste my time reading this article to find out.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Jesse Watters: If You’re Afraid of the Name Donald Trump You’re Either an Illegal Alien or a Total Sissy"

Keeping things on a high plane.

Linda Kimball, Renew America:  "Gnostic chiliastic evolution: Satan's alternative plan of salvation"

Do you want to know what the hell that is about?  Well, I tried to read it for you, but other than finding out that Communism comes from Satan, I couldn't focus on this garbage enough to learn any more.  Just as well, really.

Michelle Bachmann, deranged former Congress person:  "our president’s humiliation comes in a manner so devastating it makes one wonder whether the Creator of humankind isn’t reminding this world of the inferiority of foolishness in the face of wisdom.  The president once again mocked his nemesis, the Jewish people and the nation of Israel, by cleverly turning the international press corps toward his brilliant work in Cuba, instead of covering ongoing Islamic attacks against the Jewish state as outlined that very same day at the annual pro-Israel AIPAC meeting in Washington, D.C.
History changed less than 24 hours later in the blink of an eye, and the rug was pulled out from under his well-laid plans.  Obama’s slavish press corps was forced to turn their uncritical gaze from adoring him to revealing the newest carnage in Brussels."

Yes, ISIS bombed the airport and a train station in Belgium because God made them do it to embarass Obama.  That's the way the world works to people like Michelle.

Mark Fitzgibbons, American Thinker:  "California AG Kamala Harris wants your private information from the IRS"

Well, not your information, exactly, unless you are very rich.  She wants to know who is giving large sums of money to phony right wing front groups that meddle in California elections.    How dare she?

And do you have any doubts about Republicans blotting their consciousness out and falling in line behind Trump?

Breitbart:  "The Nuclear Option — Trump Proves He Has Wisdom and Temperament to Lead Free World"

Well there you go then.  Some more?

"The speech was downright thrilling at moments.  “When you live in a society where the firefighters are the heroes, little kids want to be firefighters,” he said. “When you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars.”

And what about when you live in a society where a born-rich bully is your hero?

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online:  "Let’s Get This Straight: Trump Is No Reagan"

Well, at last, something in his favor.

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:  "You bet I’d trust Ted Cruz with foreign policy, says … John McCain"

He trusted Sarah Palin to be President.  I rest my case.

Matt Barber, Town Hall:  "Was ‘Trump 2016’ Prophesied Centuries Ago?"

No.  Matt found some guy from a long time ago that said that if people got too frustrated and angry they might start acting crazy.  No shit, Sherlock.  Matt claims that Obama's "hope and change" was exactly the same as Trump's calls to restore America's "greatness."  What he seems to have forgotten is that, after eight years of Bush and Cheney, there was nothing this country needed as much as change.  Now, not so much.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Walker: Republicans May Nominate Someone Who's Not Even in the Race"


Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Christians Must Unite Now Against Gay Bullies and Their Allies"

Gay bullies!  I'm so scared!

Marita Noon, Town Hall:  "The Developing World Wants Natural Gas and Electricity, Hillary Clinton Sends Cookstoves"

On the other hand, the Republicans are much more sensible.  They just send guns and bombs, things which always lead to a better life.  For those who own the companies that make them, anyway, and who else counts?  I mean, really.

Jim Geraghty, National Review:  "If (Trump)'s so self-evidently unsuited for the presidency… why has the national media spent a full year dissecting his every move?"

By that argument, O. J. Simpson should have been President and Charlie Manson should have been elected Pope.  Actually, that last one might not have been so bad, compared to the last Pope- at least Charlie's sexual interests seem to have been confined to adult women.

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "Why the Anger? Obamanomics Has Failed"

Despite adding 8.7 million jobs, nearly tripling the Dow, and averting a Republican depression, Obama has failed, FAILED, I tell you!  He failed to one hundred percent cure the damage that the Bush administration did to the economy, which he had no excuse for not doing, despite the Republicans' numerous efforts to sabotage the recovery at every step.  Once again, and a consistent theme here at Green Eagle, is the fact that these attacks on Obama have nothing to do with him at all.  They are a pathetic attempt, by accusing him of every kind of incompetence, to write away the grotesque failure of their own last President, by accusing Obama of every Bush failure.

Mike Adams, Town Hall:  "Can You Be Pro Choice and Anti-Slavery?"

Oh, grow up, guy.  No one is going to bite on that one.

Jack Dunphy, PJ Media:  "Confirmed: Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime"

Well, we'd better not hurt their little feelings, then, or they will just have to let those mean burglars come into our houses and steal all of our stuff.  What a fine bunch of professionals.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Erdogan's Security Roughs Up Journalists, Staff, Protesters at D.C. Think Tank"

How dare he?  Who does he think he is, Donald Trump?

Newsmax:  "Karl Rove: GOP Should Scrap Trump, Cruz, Kasich and Go With a 'Fresh Face'

Translation:  a random name picked out of the phone book would get more votes than Trump or Cruz.

Weasel Zippers:  "Obama Regime To Fund Iranian Terrorism"

Right.  Any day now.  Soon, Obama will be selling the Iranian terrorists two thousand missiles to help fund an illegal war he is conducting in Central America.  Oh wait, that was Reagan.  Never mind.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Former media power player sounds alarm over vaccines"

I include this post from one of the most reactionary blogs I monitor, only to remind you that anti-vaccine lunacy is not just a left wing phenomenon.  I mean, there is just no conspiracy theory so completely discredited that wingnuts won't believe it.

Michael Oberndorff, Renew America:  "When are Americans, aka, We, the People, going to draw a red line in the sand for the Liar-in-Chief, the Fraud in the Rainbow House, the Lead-From-Behind taqiyyah Muslim and his apologists? How often are we going to sit quietly while he covers up for Muslim terrorists who savagely murder innocent Americans? How many more times must we allow him to imply that we are bigots"

Yeah, when?    Michael isn't done yet:

"he was, and still is, a wannabe Marxist revolutionary, albeit a knee-jerk one. His trip to Cuba, his most recent stop on the Grovel Before Our Enemies Tour, made it clear that in spite of trying to win over communists like Xi, Putin, and the Castro brothers, who actually know what brutal, totalitarian Marxism really is, he has neither impressed nor fooled anyone. The same goes for his groveling before the Iranians, the Saudis, and ISIS."

Man, this whole piece is filled with gems, but I'll stop with just one more.  And if you don't get a chuckle out of this one, you're brain dead, or have been on Mars the last year or so:

"America has, for a change, two candidates for the Republican nomination – Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – who are qualified and capable of turning the country around, and returning her to constitutional government and greatness. They are both qualified and capable of repairing the economic damage that Obama, the Democrats, and their RINO co-conspirators have done over the past 15 years."

Enough.  See you real soon.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How To Tell That It's A Slow News Day

From a website I looked at today:

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sorry, I Couldn't Resist

Stealing this photo:

I have a feeling it is a Photoshop job, but the way things are going these days, who knows?