Monday, May 30, 2016

Translating Trump- California Drought Edition

Over the weekend, Donald Trump came out with one of the most amazingly brazen lies of his entire campaign so far:

"Donald Trump told voters in drought-plagued California on Friday that he had a solution to the water crisis: Open up the water for farmers, because “there is no drought.”

“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a crowd filled with farmers in Fresno. “It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea.”

“They don’t understand it,” Trump said. “There is no drought, they turn the water out into the ocean.”

Of course, no rational, decent person could possibly believe that, and in fact, neither do the people who support him.  Here, based on Green Eagle's decades-long experiencee at understanding what Conservatives are really saying, is a translation into plain English:

"We all know that California, as well as other parts of the world, are having absolutely unprecedented years-long droughts that show no sign of abating, and we all know damned well what is causing them, as well as the bizarre rainstorms and tornado swarms that have been hitting from Texas to New England the last few years.  Well, here is my promise to you:  I will never raise your taxes one dime to pay for this damage and the even worse weather that is to come.  I will do this by simply refusing to acknowledge that it is even happening, so you can go on hoarding whatever money you have, rather than having to spend it dealing with this problem.  Because, we all know that money is all you give a damn about, and you are going to cross your fingers and hope that things won't get really bad until you are gone; despite your big talk, you do not give one God damn about the fate of the country, or even about your own children and grandchildren, who we all know will have to go through hell because of your greed. But they can't vote, and they are not here now, so who cares, right?  Let's party on, and they can clean up the mess, if they survive."

Yeah, there is an almost inconceivable amount of hatred and violent anger swirling around the right these days, but never forget that the thing that really motivates Conservatives is greed.  Cut my taxes, that's all it's really about.  And Trump's pronouncements, which seem so irrational to the rest of us, are understood perfectly by the Republican base.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Is Ryan Bundy Right?

Ryan Bundy is not happy in jail.  Well, I guess that's the idea of jail, but Ryan has some very specific complaints.  He can't hang out with his friends, which violates his constitutional right of assembly, he can't wear his Mormon underwear, and perhaps most notably, this:
"He also argues that his Second Amendment rights have been violated, presumably because guns are not allowed in jails."
Now, I know that, at first reading, that seems to be one of the most ludicrous things that you have ever heard in your life, but after thinking about it, I am not so sure.  I am basing my current thinking on Antonin Scalia's now infamous 2008 majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, which found for the first time an individual right to own firearms.

I have spoken before about this disingenuous court decision, but let me remind you:
"The Court held that the first clause of the Second Amendment that references a “militia” is a prefatory clause that does not limit the operative clause of the Amendment. Additionally, the term “militia” should not be confined to those serving in the military, because at the time the term referred to all able-bodied men who were capable of being called to such service.... Because the text of the Amendment should be read in the manner that gives greatest effect to the plain meaning it would have had at the time it was written, the operative clause should be read to “guarantee an individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.”
Or, in Scalia's own words:
"The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia...The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms...The “militia” comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense."

Let's just include the actual text of the second amendment here, for reference:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
As I have pointed out before, Scalia's opinion relies on the absolutely ludicrous assertion that the exact literal text of the Constitution applies as written, except the parts that Scalia doesn't like.  This example alone demonstrates the utter dishonesty of both Scalia's and Conservative legal scholars' interpretation of the Constitution, which to them means whatever they get paid to say it means.  Well, okay, but there is another grotesque flaw in their argument, which Ryan Bundy's recent lawsuit brings to light.  There is absolutely nothing in the now-truncated second amendment that forbids prisoners to be armed; in fact, as prisoners are part of "the people," their right to keep and bear arms must be protected too.

Sure, way down in this opinion, Scalia makes some mealy-mouthed reference to felons not having guns, but that is sheer nonsense, in light of his insistence in a literal reading of those parts of the Constitution that he deems to exist.  There is absolutely nothing unclear about the phrase "the people;" the amendment does not say "some of the people," or "the people that a Supreme Court justice in 2008 considers worthy of Constitutional protection."  In fact, we can now conclude that:

1.  The Constitution is to be taken literally, except those parts that Conservative Justices decide do not count.

2.  It is, however, not to be taken literally when it leads to a conclusion they don't like.

Any decent, marginally honest reading of Scalia's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, must, I assert, end up by concluding that prisoners, who are, in fact, among "the people," do in fact have the right to keep and bear arms while in jail.  This is a grotesque, nonsensical notion, but it is the direct consequence of Scalia's twisted reasoning, which is now the law of the United States.

I never thought I would be caught saying this, but in the present case, Ryan Bundy is right.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

And let's just get going with perhaps the most colossally stupid conspiracy theory the right has ever come up with- if it can even be called that, it is so lacking in a shred of sense:

Eric Owens, Daily Caller:  "Obama’s Fancy New Mansion Is Located 1,000 Feet From The Islamic Center Of Washington DC...The mammoth, multi-million-dollar mansion where President Barack Obama and his family will reportedly live after the first family exits the White House is located 1,096 feet from the Islamic Center of Washington — one of the largest mosques in the Western Hemisphere."

And?  What exactly is that supposed to prove?  Well, maybe it's an excuse to bring this up:

"Both Obama’s new digs and the Islamic Center are located in the fancypants northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama."

It is an abomination that a former President of the United States should live in a "fancypants" neighborhood, because...well, you know.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Freedom Is Slavery: Hawaii Could Be First State To Enter Its Gun Owners Into A Federal Database"

Having the government know that you own a gun is slavery.  That's a new definition for me.  They are allowed to know you have a car, but not a gun.  If they know that, it's just like being forced to work in the cotton fields for no pay, for the rest of your life.  See, whites today have it just as bad as black people did in 1850.  That's why they are so mad about everything these days.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "House Oversight Committee Refers Failed Oregon Obamacare Exchange to DOJ For Criminal Investigation"

Expect to see another one of these phony scandals every week or so, from now to the election. Obamacare has given health care to nearly 20 million people, reduced the uninsured rate to below 10% for the first time in decades, and severely cut the growth of health care costs.  It's a Democratic bill.  Why do you think Republicans have tried to destroy it since the day it passed?

Streiff, Red State:  "Elizabeth Warren Attack Donald Trump. The Left Goes Orgasmic."

If, by orgasmic, Streiff means they reported on her speech, okay then.  You really want to see orgasmic, look at how all the Republicans that hated Trump a month ago can't wait to get in bed with him now.

Joe Cunningham, Red State:  "Donald Trump’s Strategy Against The Clintons Isn’t Terrible"

At this point, as Joe freely admits, Trump's strategy against Clinton consists of telling as many filthy lies about them as he can, as fast as possible, and repeating them over and over again:

"It’s not a terrible strategy. Will it produces good results? Maybe. Some, at least. Is it a winning strategy? Who knows? What we do know is that Trump is probably not going to win a policy fight against Clinton. He has flipped on virtually every policy he’s touted. But, he can out mud-sling the Clintons. And he will."

 I.e. the standard Republican strategy in every election.  I guess that isn't "terrible" if you don't give a God damn about what happens to this country.  And they don't:

"Here’s to the downfall of America. At least we’ll be entertained."

The truth.  They're not even trying to hide it any more.  That's how convinced they are that the American people are just about ready to jettison democracy for fascism.  Nice bunch of guys.

Bryan Pruitt, Red State:  "Carly Confirms for the RedState Gathering!  Yep, you heard it here first! One of the rockstars of last year’s RedState Gathering in Atlanta is joining us again in Denver this August."

Don't be so proud, Bryan.  If she thought she could get someone to listen to her, she'd show up at Southern California Corgi Beach Day.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Hitler's Pope and 9 Other Anti-Catholic Myths Disproven By History...How the Catholic Church gave birth to capitalism, fought witch hunts, abolished slavery, and helped the Jews."

Well, I sure got a chuckle out of that one.  Of course, it is perfectly okay for these guys to say that the current Pope is a Communist.  Yes, this is what terminal brain deterioration looks like.

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "A time for the president and the liberals to hang their heads in shame"

Because of Trump, of course.  It's all Obama's fault.

And, of course, it never stops:

Rev. Austin Miles, Renew America:  "Obama--present day Emperor Norton...This entire history brings to mind the present occupier of the White House, Barack Hussein Obama. He too is a pretender who appeared to come out of nowhere, while protected by incredible security that has hidden his place of birth, college records and kept secret every facet of his early life."

For those who don't know, Emperor Norton was a guy in San Francisco who walked around in an elaborate uniform and declared himself to be the emperor of the United States.  Just like Obama.  Of course, Obama got 69 million votes to put him where he is.  Norton got none, but that was not important enough to bring up in the Reverend's article.

Washington Times:  "Facebook admits rogue employees may have shown bias against conservatives"

And so fucking what?  I mean really.  Since when is showing "bias" against a pack of paid liars trying to shove a dictatorship down our throats a bad thing?

World Net Daily:  "Noah's flood upends entire evolutionary doctrine"

The earth being on the back of a giant turtle upends the round-earth doctrine too.

James Lewis, American Thinker:  " Trump nasty enough?"

I'll leave that for you to decide.

"At some point, if he succeeds, he will need a lot of support from people who share the same basic values."

Yeah.  Like these guys

Daniel Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Chelsea and Hillary Dance on Scalia's Grave"

Name the time and place, Hillary, and Green Eagle will join in too.

Philip K. Chapman, American Thinker:  "How the Electoral College Can Save America"

By refusing to cast their votes for Hillary, letting the presumably Republican House of Representatives pick the next President, thus creating the second Republican President in a row to be forced on us by the Republican party.  Boy, that's the way to save America, alright- to save it for consumption later by the Koch brothers.

And along the same lines, just more blunt because it's somewhere else:

Selwyn Duke, American Thinker:  "Venezuela Needs a Military Coup"

We just can't always be that blunt when we talk about what we really want here at home, can we?

And now, the Grand Lie Of The Day:

Breitbart News:  "Hillary Clinton Releases Plan to Dissolve U.S. Border Within 100 Days...Republicans who are willing to thwart Trump in favor of Clinton will be complicit in electing a President who would seek to bring about the complete and, possibly irreversible, dissolution of our nation’s borders."

Right.  Let's see how far they get with that one.  Clearly all the brakes are off now, and any lie is okay, no matter how idiotic.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Listen: Tom Cotton Goes on Epic Rant Against Harry Reid"

Oh wait...I think that might be the wrong video.  Whatever.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "MSNBC’s Brzezinski On Clinton Email Fiasco: ‘It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out’"

"It feels" like she is lying.  Not a shred of evidence that she is, of course, but the fact that it allegedly feels like it to a cheesy news bimbo deserves national coverage.  Of course, it more than "feels" like Trump is lying; he lies every time he opens his mouth.  But that's okay, because he's a Republican, and they're allowed to do that.  And that, as they say, is why we can't have good things in this country.

And, a new height in delusion?

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "After Hillary Drops Out... What?"

Yeah, what?  Michael seems to think that the latest nothing about Hillary's e-mails is going to make her quit the Presidential race.  The evidence?

"The Democratic National Committee is considering a plan to re-insert Vice President Joe Biden into the presidential race, Donald Trump said Wednesday in California, a stunning claim on a day when front-runner Hillary Clinton faced new questions about her classified email scandal.

'I hear they're gonna actually slip Joe Biden in and he's going to take Bernie's place,' Trump told a rally audience of thousands in Anaheim, California"

Oh, I see, Donald Trump said so.  And I mean, he is the first person the DNC would be likely to tell, right?  And he would never make something like this up, so we can believe every word of it.

Daily Caller:  "These 19 Celebrities Have The Best Butts In Hollywood [SLIDESHOW]'

Funny, you never see stories like this at Daily Kos or Crooks and Liars.

Jay Caruso, Red State:  "Stop Excusing Republicans Like Rubio For Supporting Trump Because Of A Stupid, Worthless Pledge"

Truth?  Honesty?  Keeping your word?  Man, those things are so Democratic.

The're Being Conned

Just one more demonstration that the stupid people who think that the answer to the grip rich people have on our country is to elect a billionaire:

"Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline proposal if elected, reversing a decision by the administration of President Barack Obama to block it over environmental concerns...

Trump said at the press conference that if elected he would also seek to reduce regulation on the energy industry to make drillers and coal companies more competitive."

How can they possibly think that, behind all the belligerent talk, and behind all the bullying, there is anything but the same old Republican policies, the same old party that sold out to rich sociopaths a century ago, and has never wavered, no matter how much damage they do?

The Republican party has really accomplished something, by creating a whole generation of voters that respond to nothing but hatred and anger.  And every time, when they find out that falling for the Republicans' lies doesn't get them what they want, the answer is more hatred and anger, inevitably directed at the wrong targets.  Reagan, Bush, Romney, and now Trump.  And I shudder to think who and what will come next.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Good Old Days

Courtesy of Daily Kos, the following short video which, as they point out, is an absolute must see:

Pretty much sums things up.  Nothing else to say about it, really.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bernie, Do We Even Need to Tell You This?

Just how lost in the forest has Bernie Sanders gotten?  I would have thought that it was unnecessary to even comment on the grotesque stupidity that led Bernie to publicly announce that he is ready to have a "debate" with Donald Trump, but I see people taking the whole thing seriously, so I guess it needs a reply.

There is no such thing as debating with Donald Trump, since what he does is not debating but an exercise in egomaniacal bullying.

It is not a conversation, but a circus act, and everyone else on stage is nothing but a straight man in Trump's performance.  Bernie will find himself subjected to a combination of belittling derision, and the constant suggestion that Bernie run as a third party candidate, because Hillary is so bad.  The result:

A win for Trump, who will get another chance to perform in front of a national audience.

A loss for Bernie, who will be made to look like a total fool.

And a loss for Hillary, who will end up being subjected to a nationally televised evening of vicious, lying abuse, with Bernie thoughtfully providing a whole new audience for Trump's disgusting vaudeville act, some of whom will inevitably fall for it.  On the other hand, not one single Trump supporter could possibly be persuaded to switch to Bernie, because they want hatred and racism, not constructive policies.

This should be the final piece of evidence to convince everyone that Bernie Sanders has run totally off the rails, and is so hungry for victory that he has thrown out every thing he claimed to believe in, in return for a microscopic chance to win the Democratic nomination.  This has been a degraded performance, from which, I predict, Bernie will never recover.

Update:  Trump today, announcing that he will not debate Bernie:

"Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher."

There you go.  Democrats can only win by cheating, Bernie is a loser and Hillary is a crook.  A message brought to the nation thanks to the dedicated work of  Trump campaign surrogate Bernie Sanders.  Good job there, Bernie.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oh No, He's Not Bringing It Up

Maybe you thought, as I did, that it would take Donald Trump a while longer to descend far enough into the sewer to seriously bring up the insane claim that Hillary murdered Vince Foster.  Well, you'd be wrong.  In one of the most disingenuous statements I have ever heard a candidate make, here he goes:

"When asked in an interview last week about the Foster case, Trump dealt with it as he has with many edgy topics — raising doubts about the official version of events even as he says he does not plan to talk about it on the campaign trail.

He called theories of possible foul play “very serious” and the circumstances of Foster’s death “very fishy.”

“He had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump said, speaking of Foster’s relationship with the Clintons at the time. “He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.”

He added, “I don’t bring [Foster’s death] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it. I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. I don’t do that because I don’t think it’s fair.”

He doesn't bring it up.  He does not plan to talk about it.  At the very moment he is bringing it up and talking about it.  And yet, this grotesque dishonesty is just fine with his voters, because they have been trained to respond to nothing but their own self-generated anger, and he stokes that just fine.

The danger here, of course, is that all of the phony Republican scandals and smears of the Clinton administration were utterly disproven by years of investigations and committee hearings, but this time around, millions of people will hear the phony, lying charges without ever learning how false they were.

Hillary and her people had better show some real outrage over this sort of campaign by character assassination.  Otherwise, no matter how provably false these charges are, millions will believe them. We already see a large segment of the electorate, on both sides of the aisles, that have fallen for twenty five years of propaganda that Hillary is a lying, corrupt political hack.  This kind of lying worked against Gore, against Kerry and nearly against Obama.  It's time for Democrats to be a lot more insistent on telling the truth, unless they are satisfied to see the United States become an out of control oligarchic dictatorship.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Just the usual output in this era of the voluntary destruction of the American dream:

Meghan McCain:   "Hillary Clinton is truly evil, and she's truly a liar and she's been responsible in my opinion for getting people killed."

Maybe you should look to your own party for that.  They kill them by the thousands and millions, not four at a time.

Alex Jones:  " I think Michelle Obama is a man. I really do. I really do. I believe it...her daughters don’t look like her — I really think this is some weird hoax they did again,” he said, “just like he didn’t get sworn in on the Bible, it was the Quran. All this weirdness, I mean, I used to laugh at this stuff, but man, it’s all about rubbing our noses in it. I think it’s all an arranged marriage, it’s all completely fake and it’s this big sick joke because he’s obsessed with transgender, just like some weird cult or something."

Well. at least we know Trump's wife is not a man.  She's posed naked plenty of times to prove it.
Classy, Donald.  And, as Kos points out, they complained when Michelle Obama showed her bare arms.
Carlos Beruff, Republican Senate candidate in Florida:  “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK — seven and a half years, has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses"

Animal.  I guess in some sense, all people are animals.  I don't think that's what this guy means, however.  "destroying the country," by the way, is apparently Republican speak for undoing the damage the Bush administration did.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Oh My: Financial Analyst Says Clinton Foundation Books ‘Riddled' With ‘Inconsistencies,’ Rises 'To the Level Of Fraud'

Financial analyst.  That would be one Charles Ortel, who writes for that esteemed economic journal, the Moonie owned Washington Times.  Here are a few of his other contributions to the world of journalism over the last couple of years:

"Will Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping humiliate Obama and humble America?" 
"Examining the economic delusions of Mad King Barack the Last" 
"President Obama is not prepared or inclined to avert the looming global meltdown" 
"Golfing during tsunami season — are tectonic plates shifting under Obama’s vacationing feet?" 
"Our new robot overlords won't solve our debt mess" 
"Obama relies on compliant media to hoodwink gullible Americans about jobs" 
"Under Obama, economic growth withers"

Ortel also claims that no new jobs have been generated in the United States since 2007.  None!  Not a single one.  All the statistics?  All lies!  Why, the last President to generate jobs was George W. Bush, and I guess that all stopped when Obama caused the 2008 collapse.  Anyway, this story about the Clinton foundation is all over the right wing blogosphere, even though we all know it is a malignant lie told by a paid smear merchant.  That's how Republicans get votes.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "PC Jeb Bush Criticizes Trump's 'Insensitivity' Towards Mexicans"

You see, it is the age of Trump now.  It is a sickening liberal perversion of fact to object to hatred.

Bob Barr:  "Obama’s American Vision -- 'A Shining Stall in the Restroom'"

One of the Republican impeachers of Bill, back to obsess on sex again.  Barr, of course, claims that our current focus on this issue is the result of Democrats failing to tackle any big issues.  Fat chance, with the subversive Republicans in Congress, but I guess that's Obama's fault too. And by the way, Bob, anyone with a little memory would be hesitant to see a Congressional Republican bring up the issue of restroom stalls.

Streiff, Red State:  "HOLD ON! Did Donald Trump Just Defend Ignorance As A Virtue?"

Oh, come on, guy, you Republicans have been preaching that for years.  Too late to walk away from it now.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Stop Using the Civil Rights Era to Legitimize Trans Issues"

You aren't allowed to use an argument unless Conservatives approve of it first.  For example, the claim "Torture is bad because it's evil to hurt people who don't agree with you" is right out of bounds.

Michael Van Der Galien, PJ Media:  "Ted Cruz Should Not Endorse Donald Trump...Cruz's base will abandon him if he abandons his principles."

Principles.  Lunatic religious delusions are not really principles, they are mental illness.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Congressman Says Iran's Treatment of Captured U.S. Sailors 'Shocking'-Another Obama administration foreign-policy triumph."

Shocking.  They kept them for a day and a half, and did not mistreat them in any way.  How does that compare to the people captured by us in Iraq and Afghanistan who have now been held for a decade and a half without any charges, and tortured in the process?  But of course, that's okay, because we're AMERICA, the greatest country on earth!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "What a horrible candidate. Democrats are so screwed with Hillary. Watch Hillary Clinton’s awful Donald Trump impersonation"

She does a really bad Jimmy Stewart too.  Trump, on the other hand, is a whiz at imitating a decent human being, as long as the mainstream press provides him with lots of cover.  And we all know that people vote on who has the best vaudeville act- a statement that is ludicrous, but just may be true this time around.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Commie Pope Defends Middle East Tyrants, Killers and Clans"

Commie Pope.  Jim has been out of sorts, really since his medical problems a couple of years ago, but he finally seems to be getting his groove back.  Good thing, Jim, because you're not going to keep that title of Stupidest Man on the Internet forever, based on things you said a few years ago.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Can conservative Ryan accept liberal Trump?"

Liberal Trump.  Listen, Cliff, let's just wait for November and see just which party's voters go for Trump before we call him a liberal.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Illegal Immigrants Will Soon Be Allowed to Teach in NY"

Better than allowing Republicans to teach.  With illegal immigrants, at least the kids are likely to hear something once in a while that's true.

World Net Daily:  "Rafael Cruz finally responds to Trump's Oswald allegation "

Who cares?  I mean really, who cares?  Particularly coming from a guy who thinks his son was placed here by God to rule the Earth.  Doesn't really show much contact with reality, does it?

Bill Federer, Renew America:  "No country can endure when it kills its own children "

Well, probably not if it kills all of them.  On the other hand, I'm sure Bill would agree that it would be okay to kill certain children, if you know what I mean.

And, projection, what?

Marvin J. Folkertsma, American Thinker:  "Liberalism's Descent into Madness...How can sane citizens can function in a country increasingly dominated by liberal madness, or even attempt to change it from the “transformations” perpetrated over the past eight years?"

Clean your own house, Marvin.   And more of the same:

Jeffrey Shellan, American Thinker:  "The Democratic Party’s Evolving Racism Toward Blacks"

Because nothing works like accusing Democrats of Republican sins.  It sure muddies the water, particularly with the aid of a Republican friendly press that refuses to distinguish between Democratic truth and Republican lies.

And more of the same game:

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "The Democrat establishment is waking up to the awful truth on Bernie Sanders: he is a mortal danger to not only Hillary Clinton, but the continued viability of the party’s strategy of mouthing populist rhetoric while practicing crony capitalism."

Because it's the Democrats who pander to the ignorant masses while serving the rich.  Right.

Russ Vaughn, American Thinker:  "So it's time we had a woman in the White House, huh? Guess who Hillary wants to run the economy if she's president.  Girl power, it ain't."

Guess who?  Why, the last person to balance the federal budget.  What a miserable choice.  What could he possibly have to contribute?

Now, a history lesson from the right.  Pay attention, students; there will be a quiz:

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "The coup d'état of 2008! Before that fateful year, America had experienced just about everything but not a coup. The term itself is defined as a sudden and often violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. If you never heard or read about the Obama coup d'état, it is because this coup was anything but typical, and also because the leftwing media, which largely shills for every leftwing scheme, failed utterly to report the truth of this attempt to overthrow the America they loathe but most of the rest of us love and cherish."

Is it churlish of me to suggest that the reason we have never heard of "the coup d'etat of 2008" is because it only exists in the mad delusions of right wingers?  And maybe Joan ought to give some thought to the coup d'etat of 2000, in which five corrupt Supreme Court justices carefully packed onto the court by Republicans over the decades, gave the Presidency to a man who wrecked the country militarily, economically, and morally, but sure did manage to make a few thousand rich sociopaths a lot richer.  Of course, as I have often pointed out, the whole campaign of lies against Obama and now Hillary is totally about pretending that Obama did everything that Bush really did, and so we should forget about Bush.

Rand Paul:  "I'll be damned before I let the government take guns from the veterans who fought to preserve this country," he said.  "I will do whatever necessary to defend our god-given rights."

Well, you're safe, Rand.  Except for veterans who are felons or mentally ill, no one is talking about taking away their guns except you.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Escape From Venezuela: Failed Socialist Experiment Has Destroyed Law And Order, 'Thugs' Stealing Kids’ Lunches"

Terrible!  Here in America, thugs don't do that sort of thing, Republicans do.

And now, in News Nobody On Earth Cares About:

Red State:  "Jonah Goldberg lays out why he is not voting for Donald Trump"

Well, so much for that.

Jeff Sanders, PJ Media:  "Should the Story of Jesus Forgiving the Adulterous Woman Be in the Bible?"

Why, of course not!  Forgiving an adulterous woman?  Bite your tongue, Jesus.  Next, "Should the story of Jesus telling us to care about the poor, the sick, prisoners and the strangers among us be in the Bible?"  Things are so clear when you only look at them the right way.  Personally, I think all that stuff should be replaced with a nice story about Jesus beating up a transgendered person in an alley.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Breaking: Four Obama Refugees Diagnosed with Active Tuberculosis in Indiana"

Four!!!!!!  Out of 9563 active cases reported last year.  Incidentally, that number represents the first time that the yearly total of cases has increased in a long time.  The reason? Well, at least partly this:

"One contributing factor is likely to be reduced or stagnant funding for prevention efforts nationwide."

And I'm guessing that you can figure out for yourselves who is responsible for "reduced or stagnant funding."  Thanks, Obama.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "Thousands of people are expected to rally in Alabama this weekend in support of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended by a judicial commission for his administrative order instructing judges to follow the state law and the state constitution.  The state’s laws continue to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Well, if by "thousands," you mean about seventy, right on there, Bob.

Just one more in the near endless reports here at Green Eagle about the essential nonexistence of the hard right in this country.  It's all a Kabuki show put on by the Koch brothers and their ilk, to pretend that the American people support their fascist agenda.

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online:  "How Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy De-Stabilized the World...In 1939, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier warned Adolf Hitler that if ..."

Oh, enough of that, already.  Really.  In fact, enough of all of it.  See you later.

When You're Right, You're Right

Driftglass, today:

"Nothing will change until the Very Serious People who are set the parameters of our national debate are compelled to start acknowledging out loud and in public that the biggest reason our country is in trouble is that the Republican party is a dangerous madhouse, and the reason is got that way is because Conservative elites and oligarchs and media corporations designed it that way."

That's the message.  That's the only message, the only one that counts.  And it's the message that will not be told because, as the man says, "Conservative elites and oligarchs and media corporations designed it that way."

There was a time, you know, when these oligarchs could not have gotten their hands on the entire mainstream media.  That was before Saint Ronnie Reagan got his hands on things, and that is one reason why, despite Bush being the utterly colossal public failure that he was, he will not be remembered as the worst, most corrupt President in our history.  That honor belongs to Ronald Reagan, who will keep it unless the mockery of a free press he unlocked on us curses the country with Donald Trump.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Glen Canyon- Long Term Losses and Short Term Gains

The New York Times has a story today about the Glen Canyon dam, erected in the West in 1963:

"When Glen Canyon Dam was built in the middle of the last century, giant dam projects promised to elevate the American West above its greatest handicap — a perennial shortage of water. These monolithic wonders of engineering would bring wild rivers to heel, produce cheap, clean power and stockpile water necessary to grow a thriving economy in the desert. And because they were often remotely located, they were rarely questioned. 

But today, there are signs that the promise of this great dam and others has run its course.
Climate change is fundamentally altering the environment, making the West hotter and drier. There is less water to store, and few remaining good sites for new dams. 

Many of the West’s big dams, meanwhile, have proved far less efficient and effective than their champions had hoped. They have altered ecosystems and disrupted fisheries. They have left taxpayers saddled with debt..."

Fifty years of failed expectations.  And what did we trade for that water:

 We drowned this treasure in a short sighted and cynical effort to (in the end) preserve the possibility of a few decades' commercial exploitation of the West.  Even if the dam were to be destroyed today, none of us, nor our children, nor our grandchildren, nor our great grandchildren will ever see the beauty that existed before 1963.

"And yet even as these consequences come into focus, four states on the Colorado River are developing plans to build new dams and river diversions in an effort to seize a larger share of dwindling water supplies for themselves before that water flows downstream."

They never learn.  If only we could find a way to see that they alone suffered for their greed, it would be fine.  But of course, they see to it that we pick up the tab, both economically, and in the loss of every precious thing that they can turn into a quick profit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The End Game

I rarely have any occasion to link approvingly to anything in the Washington Post, as it has served for years as little more than a conduit for the most bankrupt beltway "wisdom."  The following opinion piece by Robert Kagan is a rare exception.  Perhaps the Post's new owner, Jeff Bezos, actually believes that there is room in his newspaper for a little actual journalism.  If so, it is a great thing; in any case it is amazing to see this in the mainstream press:

"This is how fascism comes to America

The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.

But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy...This phenomenon has arisen in other democratic and quasi-democratic countries over the past century, and it has generally been called “fascism.”

I suggest strongly that you read the whole thing.

I hope it is not too much in the way of self-promotion to point out that I have been saying this same thing as long as this blog has existed, and for a couple of decades before that.  At least since the time of Reagan, it has been clear to me that the end game of Republican politics is fascism.  And I am hardly the only one.  You only need to read many blogs like that of Driftglass, or listen to the Thom Hartmann show, to know that many of us have seen this coming for a long time.

And here is the scary part:  Just defeating Trump will not end this threat.  The Republican party has nothing to exist upon any more than fear, hatred and greed, so they will keep stoking them, regardless of the looming wreck ahead.  And some day, their efforts may very well bear fruit, and the United States, the country that was different, the country that, for a century was a shining example to the world, will join Rome and Greece and Egypt of the Pharaohs as just another dream of the past, washed away in a sea of blood.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

They're On Top of It

Well, it's now about a day since the downing of Egyptair flight 804.  If you do a Google search for "Egyptair 804 false flag Mossad," you will already get over 2500 hits.

Another legend in the making.  I'm sure we will be finding references to this on anti-Semitic sites for decades.

I just want to add that originally I said "right wing sites."  I changed this, because unfortunately, hating Jews has become quite the pastime on the left too.

Republican America

From the New York Times today:

"Florida Man Says He Killed Sick Wife Because He Couldn’t Afford Her Medicine, Sheriff Says"

In Democratic America, on the other hand, thanks to Obamacare, the percent of uninsured Americans went down below 10%, the first time that has happened in decades despite Republicans fighting it every step of the way.

God in Heaven above, people, which one of these countries do you want to live in?

Good for Republicans

Remember eight years ago, when every bit of news was Good For McCain?  Well, we're in for more of that, I guess.  Here's Stuart McVarney, on Fox News, commenting on the crash of Egyptair flight 804 yesterday:

"I also think this may be good politically for Donald Trump"

I am sure the 60 people on board flight 804 would have died happy, knowing they did their little bit to bring fascism to the United States.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Strict Construction, Conservative Style

This news, from the miserable Washington Times, because apparently no one else will cover it:

"Constitutional protections afforded by the Second Amendment include the right to buy and sell firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Monday...Monday’s ruling did not strike down the local zoning ordinance, but it does declare that the right to buy and sell firearms “is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and to bear arms."

The "historically recognized" right to keep and bear arms.  Recognized by whom?  Of course, the second amendment does not even assert a right to own arms, only a right to "keep and bear" arms which, if you have read the Federalist papers, are to be supplied to the militias by the government.

So much for the intent of the founding fathers, or strict constructionism, when it stands in the way of what right wingers want.  This is just one more of an infinite list of examples proving that these guys don't give a damn about the Constitution, any more than they care about anything that prevents them from doing what they want.

Scalia, their great Constitutional genius, could only find an individual right to bear arms by explicitly claiming that the first half of the second amendment had no meaning at all.  That's how much respect they have for the Constitution, and this decision only extends their contempt for the plain words of the law.


I have heard enough whining from the Bernie Bots about the Democratic primary process being rigged against him.

Of course it is rigged.  It is rigged in favor of Democrats.  The people who are active in the primary process, particularly in caucus States, are most all life-long Democrats, who have always been loyal to the Democratic party.  So is Hillary.  Bernie is not.  He has spent his life refusing to join the Democratic party, only now grudgingly participating in Democratic primary contests, while still clinging to the title of independent.  Does he expect a reward for that?  Does he expect the party's loyalists to not favor other party loyalists, and extract a price from him for not being one?

After all, these are the Democratic primaries, intended to pick a candidate for the Democratic party, not the Democratic party and whichever independents want in on the show this year.  Bernie has never demonstrated enough loyalty to the Democrats to officially join them, even now; why should they reward him now?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just start things rolling with a classic example of right wing denialism:

Paul David Miller, The Federalist:  "The Left Created Donald Trump...Voters like Donald Trump not so much because they hate Mexicans and Muslims, but because they hate progressive bigotry."

The Republican base's psychotic descent into hatred and racism?  Why, it's all your fault because you won't join in with us on the hatred.  And here's some more information that you probably didn't know:

"You have to understand progressivism as a kind of religion—specifically, a fundamentalist religion."

Sure you do, if you want to fall for Paul's stupid, contentious, patently ridiculous argument.  Here's Paul's idea of proof:

"Lest you think I am exaggerating, one of the high priests of progressivism wrote:"

 (well, let's just forget about what this high priest wrote, and continue)

"These are, of course, statements of American constitutional law, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy."

Anthony Kennedy- charter member of the Conservative Supreme Court majority that brought us Citizens United, and the Presidency of George W. Bush- one of the "high priests" of progressivism. Oh well, let's just move on.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "BFFs Trump and NBC Spent 11 Years Turning Trump Into Presidential Material"

See, it wasn't the Republicans that voted for him, and the Republican leaders that taught them to cast their votes based on hatred and greed.  No, it was someone else's fault.  Just like the Iraq war (Bill Clinton's fault) and the 2008 economic collapse (Obama's fault.)  It's always someone else's fault.  My dog won't stop barking at the neighbor's dog.  I blame Obama.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Senator Cruz Open to Reentering the Race...There’s still a chance…"

A chance?  A chance of what?  I mean really, Susan, a chance of WHAT?  No, don't answer that. What we've already got from the Republicans this year is bad enough.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Regarding Ted Cruz, you ain't seen nothing yet"

That's what we're afraid of.  More from Lloyd:

"For crying out loud, Ted Cruz is an awesome human being. Period! The man walks tall. In debating issues vital to our country, Cruz is peerless. When called upon to stand up for We the People, he truly is "Lion Ted." Therefore, I will not criticize Ted. Nor will I agree with those criticizing Ted for being who he is."

What, for being the only person on earth that is hated by absolutely everyone he ever met, except for his mother, his wife and Carly Fiorina?  And I'm not even sure about his wife.  She's a Goldman Sachs executive, for crying out loud, so we know she'd sell him down the river for a nickel.  So would Carly, for that matter. That leaves his mother, and we only really have Ted's word for how she feels.

"Over sixty years of life experiences have taught me to trust God. I am telling you folks – there is something truly unique and special about Ted Cruz; an anointing on his life."

Yeah, there was something truly unique about John Wayne Gacy too, and nobody wanted to vote for him either.  You picked the biggest jerk in history to support, Lloyd.  Deal with it.

And boy, they are having a hard time giving up there at Renew America:

Matt Barber, Renew America:  "I am a Ted Cruz supporter and part of what they're calling the "#NeverTrump" crowd. As it now stands, and, speaking of directness, absent some direct revelation from the Holy Spirit Himself, I cannot, and will not, vote for you in November...I do not intend this as an attack in anyway."

Oh no, it isn't an attack.  It's just a confirmation that I am a stupid, deluded lunatic who would support a guy who thinks God wants him to be the ruler of the world, but no, NEVER TRUMP!

Rudy Takala, Washington Examiner:  "Expert: Clinton unlikely to be indicted, but she shouldn't be celebrating"

Because no matter what any "court" or "commission" finds, she is guilty!  That's our story and we're sticking to it!  The article continues:

"Even though I don't trust this Justice Department ... this case is so well-known that if no one is charged, that will be almost as bad as charging everyone," DiGenova said."

See, anyone charged, no one charged, she is still guilty.  "DiGenova," by the way, being one of the most prominent smear merchants who have attacked the Clintons over the years, including telling endless lies about them during Bill's administration, and continuing with strident, lying attacks during the Benghazi witch hunt.  That's their idea of an expert on the right: an expert liar.

Newsmax:  "Judicial Watch's Farrell: Hillary may be next after eight deposed"

And after Joe DiGenova, now Judicial watch.  Of course, the Pope could be next too, or maybe Nicholas Cage.  But, it could be Hillary!

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "New Ad Warns Senate Dems That Hillary Is Their 'Burden to Bear'

An ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  Well, thanks so much, Republicans, for your concern.  I am sure it is meant in the most helpful way.  You, on the other hand, would never pick a candidate that might hurt your Senators' chances of re-election.  You are way too smart for that.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Quid Pro Quo: Clinton Foundation Gave Money To For-Profit Company Run By Clinton Friends"

This latest "scandal" is all over the right wing world the last couple of days.  The company, Energy Pioneer Solutions, provides free analyses to homeowners who want to move to sustainable energy sources.  The Clinton Foundation is a charity, not a personal slush fund of the Clintons.  What is wrong with this donation is a mystery, except that it involves the Clintons.  And no one can explain what the "quid pro quo" is supposed to be.  What, exactly is this small company supposed to do for the Clintons in return for this donation?  No one seems to be able to explain that, particularly the people that utterly ignored Dick Cheney making tens of millions of dollars of personal profit off of no-bid contracts he gave to his own company during the Bush administration.  This is just one more sign of the speed with which the Republicans are taking the low road this election year.  Expect much worse.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Congress Moves Forward With Impeachment of IRS Commissioner"

Not Congress, of course, but the lunatic Republicans in Congress.  This is over the alleged IRS targeting of Conservative groups, which never happened.  The Republicans want to impeach this guy because he failed to turn over evidence of this crime, which was impossible because there was no crime.  As I quoted above, "if no one is charged, that will be almost as bad as charging everyone," because once the lie is out there, the Republicans are going to run with it, no matter what.  Another round of Benghazi, anyone?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Awful. Hillary Clinton Is Running Ads of Paul Ryan Refusing to Endorse Donald Trump"

Because there is no Democratic political strategy more low down than showing what Republicans actually have to say.  Trump insists that it just isn't fair to refer to anything he said in the past; apparently this extends to all Republicans.

Bruce Deitrick Price, Renew America:  "Public schools are a threat to national security"

What can you even say?  And now, for a splendid example of right wing advocacy journalism:

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Now, watch America as Trump takes on the 'call girl' of evil and sell out herself Hillary Clinton in the general election. The water will part and only one of them will get across to actually do the work of God and the people. My vote and belief is Trump will have dry shoes and Hillary will be dripping wet, lying on the ground with smeared Mascara dripping down her face."

Okay there.  The call girl of evil.  That's a new one on me.  I don't think anyone has actually accused a first lady of being a prostitute since Dolly Madison.

Sarah Palin: “If You’re In America, Speak American – The Way It’s Been For Thousands Of Years”

I know, low hanging fruit, but still.

The Federalist Staff:  "How Social Justice Warriors are Ruining Comic Books for Everyone"

Well, for everyone under 12, maybe.  Growing up ruined them for the rest of us, but apparently not the distinguished legal scholars at the Federalist society.

And here it comes:

Aaron Klein, Breitbart:  "EXCLUSIVE – Clinton’s Alleged Ex-Lover: Hillary a ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Sex Addict’ Bill Told Me He Had 2,000 Women...“And I will say this, if Billy Clinton has had sex with 2,000 women and we know about a dozen of us, where are the rest? Well I’ll tell you where they are. They are cowering in fear because of the terrorism."

The "ex-lover"- a proven liar from the 1990's but they'll bring her back and pay her to say anything, assuming that the press will not bother to let us know how dishonest this is.

Pam Key, Breitbart:  "Amy Walter: Women Are Voting Against Trump, Not For Hillary"

The Republican party:  You broke it, you bought it.

Ezra Dulis, Breitbart:  "‘Weak Donald’? I Thought of a Better Trump Nickname than Trevor Noah’s in Two Minutes"

Me too:  The biggest liar in the history of the United States.

And if you need any more proof of what a monstrous "news" site Breitbart is, try this:

David Horowitz, Breitbart:  "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew"

And here is some of the commentary on the subject:

"Dont worry Bill Kristol is 100% pro Jewish He stared 5 wars for Israel and kkilled 10,000 white Americans. for Israel. Isnt that love enougth?"

Bill Kristol started five wars, apparently all by himself.  Those evil Jews.

"So Hillary, Cruz, Obama and many others are Jews? I am shocked."..."No sily.. they are Jewish friendly"

"Jewish Friendly."  The horror.

"Trumps mother had a love affair with Castro"

Maybe Rafael Cruz joined in and it was a threesome.

"You got it man. What do you think about trump now that he took that dirty Jew Sheldon Adelsons money? It was bad enough that his daughter is having jew babies."

Well, enough already.  It goes on and on.  Well, okay, one more:

"I find that recently, there is a spate of Pro-Palestinian Muslim Jew haters on Breitbart. These Hillary paid trolls, like to change the dialogue"

Ha.  Breitbart is now a front for Hillary.


Well, I hope that they used a couple of U87's, so they get a nice clear sound.  Sorry if that didn't make any sense to you.  I just couldn't resist.


Eight months to go, and they are still dreaming.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Satisfied Yet, Bernie?

From the minute he announced he was running for President, Bernie Sanders has insisted that the major reason he was running was to move the Democratic party and our political discourse to the left. Unfortunately, as he showed a strength among Democrats that surprised everyone, he turned away from his long-held positions, to campaign more and more on attacks on Hillary, which do nothing but reinforce the lying Republican narrative that she has fought for a quarter century.  The result: an apparently growing bunch of "Bernie-bots" who hate Hillary as much as the Republicans do, and swear that they will never vote for her.

So, we see the likes of this headline in the Los Angeles Times this morning:

"Clinton zeroes in on moderates scared by Trump"

In fear that Bernie is poisoning her chances with large numbers of left wingers and younger voters, Hillary has been forced to look for votes where she can find them; and those votes lie not to the left of her, but to the right of her.

As long as Bernie ran an honest campaign, he was having considerable success at moving Hillary in a more progressive direction.  That's all over now, thanks to his poisoning the political well.  Instead of creating a new, more progressive Hillary, he has forced her to move toward the already right-leaning "center," and every move in this direction she has to make will only increase Bernie's attacks on her character.  At this point, I believe Bernie has permanently alienated millions of potential Hillary voters, in an act that Trump could only dream of doing.

I hope you are satisfied with the damage you are doing, Bernie, because if you don't stop it immediately, it marks the end of any pretense that you are a mature, issue-oriented candidate.  If Hillary loses in November because of your Nader-like treachery, decent progressive people will be through with you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Trump and the Descent Into the Maelstrom

We are all seeing endless stories trying to "explain" where Donald Trump came from and how he has managed to do what he has done this year.  I put that word "explain" in quotation marks, because almost none of these stories really goes much beyond trying to demonstrate that Trump is a unique phenomenon that really has nothing to do with true Republicans or true Conservatism.  In my opinion, Trump's rise is a perfectly logical step in the devolution of the Republican party,  a process which has been going on not merely since Obama was elected, not since George W. Bush, not since Reagan, but for at least a hundred years.  It is important to understand this, because Trump is by no means the end stage of this process; things will only get worse in the future.

To explain this, I have to talk about economics.  In the last century, there have been basically two economic theories in the capitalist world: So-called "supply side" economics, also known as "Austrian school" economics in an attempt to make it sound more European and intellectual, and Keynesian, or what might be called "demand side" economics.

 It is a considerable over-simplification to put things in the following terms, but basically, Keynesian economics suggests that the capitalist economy is driven by demand.  According to this theory, it is demand, not the actions of producers that drives economic activity; if people don't want to buy things, companies are not going to hire anyone to make or sell them.  Supply side economics denies this seemingly unquestionable fact, and attributes all growth to the hard work of business owners, with everyone else in the world just along for the ride.  Those who follow supply side economics, consequently, tailor government to cater solely to the needs of the rich, and during hard economic times insist that the answer from the government is to cut spending and taxes, leaving the profits of the rich untouched, while severely damaging the purchasing power of everyone else.  Demand side economics, during economic downturns, insists that the opposite approach is the only viable one; increasing government spending and job creation to keep enough economic demand to prevent the collapse of the capitalist system.

We have had, now a century to try both of these theories, and as anyone with the slightest honesty knows, Keynesian economics has swept the field every time.  The Great Depression was massively increased in its severity by government policies under the three 1920's Republican Presidents, which catered almost exclusively to the rich; the downward spiral continued unabated under those policies until 1933, when Roosevelt's Keynesian policies began an almost immediate reversal in the economic state of the nation.  The only time this recovery faltered was in 1937, when Roosevelt mistakenly allowed himself to turn away from Keynesian economics, a reversal that was quickly corrected when he saw the results and returned to his previous policy.

"Demand side" economics pretty well won the day at that point, and continued to be applied in the United States, during the greatest economic boom we have ever known.  It was not until the time of Reagan, when enough of the short-memoried American people had forgotten this history, that Republicans were again able to return to their former bad behavior, and the country began its inevitable slide into disaster, culminating in 2008, when the economy dropped off the cliff.

And let me make this clear:  The only reason why we did not have a total depression in 2008 was that, in 1929, Democrats had to wait over three years to take over and stop the Republican economic suicide, while in 2008, the Democrats took over in three months.

Well, what does this have to do with Trump?  Here's the thing: in the first place, supply side economics and its austerity policy is ludicrous on its face.  When the economy is facing a crisis of demand, how can deliberately cutting demand further possibly do anything other than make things worse?  Second, we now have a hundred years' experience, from the Depression to the disastrous experiments in austerity in Europe in recent decades, contrasted with the boom years when taxes were high on the rich, that shows us that supply side economics does not work.

In fact, supply side economics is (in typical Repubican fashion) not a theory, not grounded in any empirical evidence or real logical thought, but simply a malign fairy tale, spread thoughtout the world by rich people who are the only ones that benefit in any way from getting governments to follow its dictates, while everyone else loses.  This phony theory is pushed by "academics" at places like the University of Chicago and Stanford, schools founded by the hyper-rich, with the intent of fabricating justifications for what they intend to do, regardless of the consequences.  This gives corrupt politicians license to do the bidding of the rich, despite its inevitably disastrous results.

Now comes the relevant part here.  How do you get tens of millions of voters to sign on to economic theories that are preoposterous on their face, and have caused disasters every time they have been tried?  You can't do this rationally, so about thirty years ago, the real owners of the Republican party hit upon the only possible solution:  To cultivate a voting base that hates science, hates reason, hates facts, and has been trained to make all of their decisions based on anger, racism and greed.  And that is what they did; both overtly, by crushing funding for public education, forcing public schools into a "test-based" curriculum where whoever controls the tests determines what can and cannot be teached, selling our education system off to private bidders, and working around the country to elect the most reactionary, fact-hating people they could find to their school boards; and implicitly by teaching the susceptible for three decades that people who actually know things are nothing but a cynical, self-serving elite who spread falsehoods to serve their own greed.

Let me remark here, that this incessant work over the last decades has not served merely to sucker people into buying into supply-side economics; it has worked to cultivate opposition to the clear facts of global warming, create popular support for ending regulations that protect us all from the depredations of Capitalism, and an endless series of laws and regulations designed to do nothing but steal from the poor.

Trump could disappear tomorrow, and these people will still be with us.  And defeat only fills them more and more with rage and a lust for revenge.  We have seen these people grow increasingly strident with every passing election.  At this point, being dead wrong angers them just as much as it would be if they were proven right.  Hatred and anger fill their lives now, and they are going to continue to push themselves into a more and more intractable position, until a super-Trump comes along and leads them into their promised land of fascism and race hatred.  Only the Republican party itself can really undo this tragic situation, and it will never do that, because without ignorance and hatred, they have nothing.

I actually think that having a few States split off and go their own way might be the best solution for all of us, because the alternative could be an American ISIS, or even worse, an American Reich.  I have, I am sorry to say, been watching this progression since at least the 1980's, and fearing where it would lead; despite telling myself over and over again that something would stop it, because it couldn't happen here, nothing has stopped it, and at this point, I don't know what could.

Note:  In response to Anonymous' comment (not that Anonymous, needless to say, as he didn't call me a "butt fucking faggot," nor is he capable of thinking on an adult level)  I thought I would add a chart of GDP during the pertinent period in the late twenties and thirties.  This doesn't challenge anything he said, but I thought it added something to the picture.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Robert Dear, the Planned Parenthood mass murderer, was yesterday found unfit to stand trial, based on his 20 year history of asserting that the Federal Government was out to get him.

This makes him just about as mentally incompetent as ninety percent of the people I cover at Wingnut Wrapup, and their millions of followers, including such national figures as Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.

I have absolutely nothing to support what I am going to say now, but my life's experience.  This guy is no more "mentally incompetent" than the average Trump or Cruz supporter.  What really happened here was that the judicial process was rigged to prevent the real truth about the anti-abortion movement and its enablers from playing out in front of the American people, through his trial.

The guy will now be locked away where nobody can get at him, and we can all forget about the incitement that led him to murder.

Call this a conspiracy theory; I don't care.  I believe it.

All Join Hands and Dance

Any delusions still remaining about whether there is a Republican on earth who is actually so principled as to refrain from supporting an ignorant racist would-be-dictator for President should now be dead, with the news that Paul Ryan, after a mere two weeks posturing, has announced that he and Donald Trump have taken a "positive first step" toward unity, i.e. joining together to once again deal a blow to American government.

It is the greatest mistake to ever, ever assume that a single Republican has one shred of decency or morality.  The entire party sold itself to the hyper-rich a hundred years ago, and it has never looked back.  To fight the evil that they represent, we must always assume the worst of them, because their intentions, more often than not, are even worse than anything we could imagine.  This time around, it is flirting with out and out dictatorship, as a welcome alternative to the possibility that a Democrat might raise taxes on the rich.

The American people are fighting for their lives here.  And all it takes to fight is to get out and vote in November.  Probably too much to ask.

A Little More:  From the always entertaining Charlie Pierce this morning:

"(Trump) is not invested at all in Paul Ryan's political future, but Ryan knows that, if a Trump campaign craters the party in November, he will find himself nothing more than the most influential corpse in the morgue. This was not a meeting about "unity." It was a meeting about how to make the best of things when you suddenly wake up and discover that all the power in your political universe rests with a vulgar talking yam."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Two Mistakes Democrats Can't Let Themselves Make

If history is any indication, there are two reactions from Democrats that are almost inevitable in the next few months, neither one of which we can afford.

The first is to panic at every outlier poll and every attempt by the mainstream news to treat this race as a legitimate contest among equals.  The last vaguely competent Republican Presidential candidate was probably Bob Dole in 1996; before that it was the accidental candidacy of Gerald Ford.  The rest of them have been corrupt, ludicrous tools, which the Democrats should have never taken as serious choices to run the country.  But already the panic is spreading, with certain supposedly left-leaning characters already quivering in fear, and implicitly admitting that Trump has something going for him.  This must stop, and Trump must be treated as the patently impossible choice that he is.  A first step in this direction would be, as I have suggested, for Hillary to refuse to "debate" this clown.  The truth is the only thing the Democrats have to set us free and it must be employed over and over again.

The second mistake is to buy into the Republican and media hype about the great "split" in the Republican party, and the supposed tremendous Republican opposition to Trump that is supposedly appearing.  Cracks in this narrative are showing up every day, with people who seemed unalterably opposed to Trump joining him every day.  Why, even Paul Ryan is backing off from hi opposition, saying there is a path to his supporting Trump.

The truth is that Republicans love authoritarianism, and in the end they do what they are told.  They will vote for their candidate no matter how disastrous they know he will be.  By November there will be hardly a single anti-Trump Republican still standing.  Their voters will all gleefully tramp off to the polls and vote to send the country into an unbelievable disaster.

But remember that, at this point, that represents less than thirty percent of the populace.  Democrats must see to it that the other seventy percent knows the truth, and acts accordingly.  If they do that, they will crush Trump.  If they don't, Trump may crush the country.

But Wait:  Just moments after I wrote this, and I see the following from the Associated Press:

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key Senate Republicans voiced optimism Tuesday about Donald Trump's presidential prospects in November, signaling clearly to the GOP rank and file to unite behind the bombastic billionaire and turn their energy toward battling Democrat Hillary Clinton."

That didn't take long, now, did it?  I thought a lot of these guys would hold out for a few weeks, in order to get some personal advantage out of their flipping to Trump, but no, the stampede has apparently already started.  Never underestimate the cravenness of a Republican.  You just never go wrong when you assume that there is not one shred of decency in the entire Republican party.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

And today's wingnut wrapup is specially pleased to honor Republican Congressman Todd Rokita, chair of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, for introducing a bill which would eliminate over three million poor children from the nation's school lunch program.  That's just standard despicable behavior for a Republican, of course; what this award is really for is the name that Congressman Rokita attached to this bill:  the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016.  Maybe he is just getting on board with Michelle Obama's campaign to cut childhood obesity, or maybe he is one of the most heartless, dishonest Congressmen, in a crowded Republican field.  Take your pick.

Now, time to observe the Repubican party enjoying the prize it has worked so very many years to achieve.  And let's just start out with Jonah Goldberg, assuring us that this is just Great for the Repubicans:

Jonah Goldberg, USA Today:  "If Trump destroys GOP, he may take DNC down with him"

Right, because they are both equally responsible for Trump.  Here's more Jonah:

"The Trump campaign points to all the working-class Democrats and independents flocking to his message, nowhere more so than in Indiana on Tuesday. If they’re successful, the GOP won’t be the party of limited government and free markets anymore. Instead, it will be more like a party of a kind of statist white-identity politics, of the sort that is common across much of Europe."

Or at least  it will be more like a party of a kind of statist white-identity politics, of the sort that was common across part of Europe in 1933.  That's something to look forward to, isn't it?

And a little more:

"The Democrats have no idea how to tango with a new GOP that also promises to maintain or expand entitlement programs, raise trade barriers and tax the wealthy. "

That's okay, Jonah, because that is the sort of GOP that is never going to exist in a thousand years.

Susan Wright, Town Hall:  "Trump Spokeswoman: Clinton Not Fully Vetted"

Ha.  Twenty five years of Republicans trying to tear her to shreds, and she's not "fully vetted."  What could be left to vet, or even to make up at this point?

"I’m assuming that some of what will be discussed, on top of the Clinton Foundation, will be all of Trump’s contributions to the Clinton Crime Family."

The Clinton crime family...not much of a criminal organization, considering that it has been subjected to two and a half decades of incessant accusations and investigations, costing the American taxpayers over a  hundred million dollars, and all they've been caught at is a blow job.  That's pretty funny, after Denny Hastert and all.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "Andrea Mitchell NAILS It On Why Trump Wins: ‘Tweets Matter’

Keep telling yourself that, buddy.

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Ted Cruz Quits: Battle Fatigue Finally Wins"

No, Leon, losing finally won.   Deal with it.

Sara Gonzales, Red State:  "Ted Cruz’s Heartbreaking Concession Speech "

Heartbreaking?  I found it about as heartbreaking as this:

Both being about dead parrots, I mean.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "With 'Boundless Optimism,' Cruz Drops Out of Race"

Well, congratulations on keeping your spirits up, Ted.  Turns out they really did hate you, huh?

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Kasich Camp: 'We Intend to Forcefully Give' GOP Voters a 'Choice'

A choice of Trump or Trump.  Sorry, John, you guys gave GOP voters a choice and they made it. Where were you for the last three decades, while your party has been cooking up this perfect storm?

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "Why – oh why – is there no election-year debate over plans that are underway by confirmed Marxists who (after the election) hope to trash our Constitution and make the organized step-by-step destruction of that precious document a formal on-paper – not just de facto – legal act of fulfillment."

Oh, I don't know, Wes, maybe the same reason there is no election-year debate over plans by Cthulhu to devour the entire human race?

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "It took a miracle for Cruz to become a US Senator. God did not bring Ted this far to leave him."

God, and a lot of money from his wife's employer, Goldman Sachs.  I'm sure they won't be leaving Ted either.

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Online:  "No sensible conservative is against compromise."

An unchallengeable assertion since there seems to be no such thing as a sensible conservative. Andrew maunders on:

"Even in the government-shutdown episode that Ross refers to and that the GOP establishment is fond of banging on about, compromise was abundant: The proposal was to fund every other part of the budget except Obamacare."

See, I'll compromise with you.  I won't cut your head off, only your foot.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall: "Trump Can Sell a More Entertaining Story than Hillary"

Well, that's a great reason to vote for him.  on second thought, I think I will be casting my ballot for Dick Wolf.

Megan Fox, PJ Media:  "Widespread Mental Illness Taking Over America, One Bathroom at a Time"

Well, widespread mental illness is taking over America one political party at a time too.  One down, one to go.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "What do social conservatives do now?"

Let me guess:  Shut your damned mouths and get out of the way of sane people?  Oops, no, that wasn't it.  Bryan suggests that "social conservatives" go right on being the assholes they have been all along.  Well, give it a try, Bryan.  The Republican Party's approval rating has already sunk to a net -30.  Maybe you guys could go for -50.

Sierra Rayne, American Thinker:  "General election head-to-head polls appear biased against Trump...Dozens of head-to-head general election polls between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been released over the past several months.  Almost all of them purport to show Clinton ahead of Trump by a significant margin."

Hey, they're bringing out the rigged poll schtick already.  Remember how well that did with Romney? Here's some real delusion for you:

"The likely state of the Trump vs. Clinton head-to-head is a historically small Clinton lead – on the order of a few percentage points, but not the 10+% claimed – that has evaporated in the past couple weeks to effective parity, or even a small Trump lead."

Right.  Keep telling yourselves that, guys.  You never did like the truth much.

And now, as they used to say, on with the rest of the news:
Stephen Moore, Town Hall:  "How to Turn Puerto Rico into Hong Kong... Why not turn Puerto Rico into a Hong Kong in the western hemisphere through new rounds of tax, regulatory, property rights and welfare reforms?"

Hey! Tax cuts, less regulation, cutting welfare, more "property rights"...there's a unique solution that the Republicans have never tried before, right?  More likely to turn Puerto Rico into Kansas than Hong Kong, of course, but then, that's the real idea.  Anyway, let's remember that Stephen is proposing turning this:

into this:

That's progress, huh?

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "It Might Soon Be Legal To Hunt Grizzly Bears"

Well, they've got to find something to be happy about.

J. Matt Barbour, Renew America:  "Jesus the 'intolerant bigot'  "The Gospel of Christ doesn't care about 'tolerance.' It cares about truth."

Funny, I don't remember Jesus being intolerant of the poor, or prisoners, or the strangers among us. The only people I remember Jesus being intolerant of were rich bankers and money changers.  That didn't feature much in Matt's article.  I wonder why.

Charles Cooke, National Review:  "Conservatives Refuse to Repeat the Mistakes of History"

And what might those mistakes be?  Relying on the hatred, greed and racism of aging white voters to win elections?  No, not that:

"Now, once again, we need your help – not just to face down the relentless assault that conservatism faces from the Left, but to fight against the hijacking of the American conservative movement by Donald J. Trump...We never really learn the lessons of history. But we can avoid the repetition of our mistakes. As long as we’re around to do so, that is . . . "

Yes, the mistake was to not give the National Review enough money.  And the people at National Review are working to make damned sure that Conservatives don't make that mistake again.  Hooray for your principled stand there, National Reveiw guys.

And let's play Who Said That?

 "They are trying to issue a warning. That the media, an indispensable component, a pillar of our democracy - the media are not doing their jobs. And I think it's a really important and I know that David Samuels was trying to warn all of us, because he and I covered national security - we've seen this happen again and again.

What happens when the next person comes along and tries to peddle lies, which is really what is starting to happen now. We're not only entitled to our own opinions, we're increasingly entitled to our own facts."

Can't guess?  Why, it's Judy Miller.  JUDY FUCKING MILLER!

If you don't get the joke there, shame on you.

Susan, Wright, Red State:  "Trey Gowdy Responds to Secretary of Defense’s Complaints About Benghazi Panel"

Yeah, who fucking cares?  I mean, really.  Does it make their lies better to tell more of them?

Neil Stevens, Red State:  "Here’s why the general will be different from the primary for Donald Trump"

Neil maunders on a while here about media coverage and suchlike, carefully avoiding the real reason the general will be different than the primary:  The Republicans have spent thirty years collecting all of the white racists in the country under one "big tent," so there are no more left to vote for Trump.

And let's just go out with a little taste of what the campaign against Hillary is going to be like:

Paul Jacob, Town Hall:  "At a CNN town hall in March, Hillary Clinton boasted: “I’m the only candidate which [sic] has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity — using clean renewable energy as the key — into coal country. Because we’re going put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business . . . right Tim?” 

My mind immediately went to something else, however. What about this fellow named Tim, who, before a national audience, Hillary Clinton had called on to agree with her about killing coal companies and the jobs they provide? Who the heck is he? 

What’s Tim’s last name? What does Tim do? Who does Tim work for? Probably not a coal company, eh? The Environmental Defense Fund or the Sierra Club, perhaps?  A contributor? A supporter who favors the Obama Administration policies designed to put coal companies out of business?  I want to know. But for some bizarre reason the media doesn’t want to tell me. 

Could Tim What’s-his-name be Hillary’s secret lover?"

25 years of "investigations" and over $100 million dollars of public money spent , and they have never nailed her for one damned thing, not even misusing the White House Christmas card list (Yes, that was one of the things she was investigated for.)  So now they are reduced to this:  they don't even know the guy's name, but why not accuse her of being in an adulterous relationship with him?  But hey, they were just asking, right, not accusing her of anything.  And that is how someone with an amazingly scandal free record gets regarded as shifty and untrustworthy by large segments of the American people.