Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Another Special Shoot

So, everyone seems to be wondering why the hell Donald Trump is taking the time to visit the President of Mexico (an obviously unwanted visit, may I add) at this point.  Well, for an answer, I turn to my wife:

Trump is enduring the flight down and back, and whatever boring meetings he has to put up with, for one thing only: five seconds of video showing him shaking hands with Vicente Fox and smiling.  Two months from now that scrap of coverage will appear in all sorts of TV spots designed to convince the gullible that people in Mexico just love him.  Will they fall for that?  Probably a few will.  Probably not many, but if the mainstream press does its usual job for the Republicans, who knows?  It could be enough.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In the Tank

The mainstream press.  In the tank for Trump:

"As Donald Trump arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a rally a week ago, he stepped out of his motorcade and was greeted by a familiar face: Corey Lewandowski.

Lewandowski had been fired in late-June after serving as Trump’s first campaign manager. Given the internal fighting, Trump’s losing ground in the polls, and the candidate’s and his family’s alleged lack of confidence in Lewandowski, the campaign cut him loose June 20.

Now, a few weeks and a lucrative cable network contract later, Lewandowski is back in the fold, according to multiple campaign sources. They describe Lewandowski’s relationship with the candidate as “stronger than ever.” 

“They talk almost every day,” one senior level campaign staffer said, requesting anonymity."

But at the same time, Lewandowski is getting paid by CNN to "report" on the campaign.

All of this, of course, to a background of right wing howls about how the "liberal press" is working to elect Hillary.

And that's why we can't have nice things any more.  Like Democracy.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Penis Tweeter Rides Again!

Anthony Weiner!  I mean, what a name.  If there is a silver lining to all of this, it is that he wasn't named Anthony Asshole, or we would really have some ugly pictures out there.

So, here's the thing.  Mr. Weiner decided that this was a great time to get up to his former habits, what with his wife in the middle of helping to run a Presidential candidate's race.  And of all the women on earth to send his pathetic tweets to, he had to pick "a “self-avowed supporter of Donald Trump."  No, really.  And then he sent her pictures of himself on a bed with his small son.  Boy, that is really designed to arouse a strange woman, huh?

Well, here is my explanation of all this.  I admit that I have no proof except what all of us must know in our hearts.  This was not an accident, nor another random disgusting act.  Weiner is obviously a very sick narcissist.  As such, it is inevitable that he would find a way to blame his downfall on his wife, and her close friend Hillary.  So, here is his revenge- doing what he can to humiliate Huma and Hillary, and do whatever damage he can to Hillary's campaign, even at the price of showing the world what a pathetic specimen of a man he is. He has come to hate his wife, and her supportive friend Hillary, so much, that he is willing to end any shred of hope that he might rehabilitate himself in the public eye, in order to hurt them both.

An ugly spectacle, by an ugly person.  Tell me I'm wrong, despite my lack of "smoking gun" evidence.  You won't because I am not wrong.

This is a Real Thing

Operation Taco Bowl.

What's next?

By the way, in case you were worried, 100 people showed up for this event.  In Orange County, where there are 100 racists in every mini-mall.  And maybe half of them were from the area, and some of those were actually Hispanic.

I mean, we all know Trump is a deranged, hate-filled bully.  But, what the hell is the trip with all those people who think that would make a good leader?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

I just can't tell you how painful it has been, dredging through this crap the last couple of weeks. Anyway, here it is:

Let's just start out with a special mention of Katrina Pierson, Trump's most pathetic spokesperson, who has this to say:

"Katrinia Pierson on CNN just said Trump hasn't "changed his position on immigration, he's just changed the words he's saying."

Oh well, that explains everything.  He's not hating, he's just lying.  I feel so much better now.

"BREAKING: Paul Manafort Has Resigned From Trump's Campaign"

So shut up about Putin already, would you?

And now the lastest in Wingnut Wrapup's series of Not Funny Right Wing Cartoons:

Because losing half their territory is not retreat.  Not if Obama had anything to do with it.  Sort of interesting, isn't it, that Trump's campaign seems to be tied to ISIS winning.

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "Today's Candidates Don't Measure Up to Roosevelt or Reagan"

Michael, I think you meant up to Roosevelt or down to Reagan.  See, things aren't as bad as they could be.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Obama, the Worst President Ever, Except Maybe for Hillary"

God, she hasn't even been elected yet, and she's already the worst President in history.

Just as a reminder, I thought it might be good to remember this:

I mean, while we're talking about worst President in history, and all.  David continues:

"It's one thing for "Never Trump" Republicans to criticize Donald Trump, but Democrats, the liberal media and pedestal-perched professors who have enabled President Obama and now support Hillary Clinton have no standing to do so."

Democrats have NO STANDING to criticize Donald Trump.  So just SHUT UP!!!  Hillary has no right to even campaign, as she is already THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY!

Stridentconservative, Red State:  "Obama’s Socially Engineered Military Is Full Of Anti-Christian Wusses"

Talk about respect for our troops.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "The Monkeys are Running the Zoo, and Spending Your Money to do it … Literally"

Literally? Monkeys literally spending money.  Man, I can hardly wait to see that.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "Dana Perino Unloads on Poll Deniers: “I Won’t Be a Party to Delusion”

Delusion?  Dana, you were George W. Bush's press secretary.  Don't remember that?

Anthony J. Ciani, American Thinker:  "Why Would Russians Hack Democrats?"

This is a complete mystery to Anthony.  I mean, aren't Democrats the sellouts to the commies?  I mean, isn't it the Democratic Presidential candidate who has essentially promised Putin that he can invade anyone he wants?  No? It was the other guy?  Sorry, then.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Obama's war on private enterprise takes down another industry"

The "industry" in question?  Private prisons.  Green Eagle just can't find the words to describe how sad he is about that, as he was sort of thinking of a whole new career as a prison guard.

"Basically, profit seems to be a dirty word for the Democrats, showing they have no idea or don't care how the United States got to be the strongest economy in the World."

Profiting from imprisoning people?  Yeah, that is a dirty idea, at least to decent people.  Not you, Thomas?  Okay, then, we'll keep that in mind.

J. Marsolo, American Thinker:  "Obama's release of Gitmo terrorists endangers Americans"

No comment on how much Americans are endangered by allowing our government to keep people in prison for fifteen years without even filing charges against them.

Kaitlyn Collins, Daily Caller:  "Britney Spears Stunned Her Fans When She Posted This TOPLESS Photo On Instagram"

What I want to know is, why don't we get vital political reporting like this on Daily Kos?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Another DNC Official Is Leaving Following Wikileaks Scandal"

Just have to push the both sides thing, don't you Cortney...that "DNC official" would be one finance director Jordan Kaplan, who, I'll bet, no one here has ever heard of, and whose "crimes" were so minor that Cortney could not find one to report on.  Unlike, say, Trump's people, who are traitors.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "The 7 Dumbest Things That Offended Liberals"

Well, how about the 13 million dumbest things that offended liberals:  the assholes that voted to give us Trump as a Presidential candidate?

David Reaboy, Red State:  "No, Trump’s Advisor Joe Schmitz isn’t an Anti-Semite"

He only plays one on TV.  And everywhere else he goes too.

And of course, it's all our fault for voting Democratic:

Tom Knighton, PJ Media:  "EpiPen Costs Skyrocket, Because Big Government Ruins Everything...Doctors and patients say the Mylan pharmaceutical company has jacked up the prices for an EpiPen -- the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction -- from around $100 in 2008 to $500 and up today.  That's a hike of over 400 percent.  "Patients are calling and saying they can't afford it," said Dr. Douglas McMahon, an allergy specialist in Maplewood, Minnesota. "They're between a rock and a hard place." Following a recall by Mylan's chief competitor last year, the company now enjoys a near monopoly."

The company took the failure of their competitor as an opportunity to jack up their prices by 400%.  This is the fault of those damned Democrats because no one else has been able to meet the FDA standards for a new product yet, and who could ever blame rich people for taking any opportunity they can get to screw people?

"So Big Government regulations slow down the rise of living standards -- thus harming the poor, not helping them. Who knew? (Hint: conservatives. They knew.)"

Better for someone to be allowed to sell epi-pens filled with diet Coke or something.  That's the American way.  Of course, Tom does not have a shred of evidence that the government is doing  this out of anything but the concern for public safety which is their job, but when did that sort of thing ever stop a right wing liar?

"Despite the extensive knowledge regarding the safety of epinephrine, the FDA has no "fast track" option for competitors to Mylan."

No "fast track" way to evade concerns about public safety.  The Bastards.  And actually, we all know that the real reason is that Hillary has bought up the nation's supply of epi-pens to get her from now to the election.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Flood Victims Cheer Trump in Louisiana: “We Knew You’d Be Here!” 

WE knew he'd be there too- no camera in the country that he's not leaping in front of these days.  I just hope that his cheering victims didn't also "know" that he would do a damned thing to help them, because he isn't there to help them, he's there to pretend he cares about anyone but himself.  That's okay, though.  No one that is not as stupid as Jim fell for it.  And continuing Jim's crap about the rains in Louisiana:

"TRUMP COMFORTS LOUISIANA FLOOD VICTIMS – Obama Lectures Victims on Racism… From Golf Course"

Obama lectures victims of racism, and, of course, leads a highly organized and effective FEMA operation to deal with the problem.  Jim forgot that part.  Meanwhile, Trump "comforts" flood victims by giving them free Play-Doh.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "PROTESTERS Crash Trump Fundraiser, BEAT AND ROB Trump Supporters Leaving MN Convention Center"

The Trump supporters were robbed blind if they gave a nickel to his campaign, and as for the beating, that's coming in November.  And as for any Trump people that were harmed, take another look at the video of real Trump supporters I posted a while ago.  These people deserve to be beaten bloody; and don't try to tell me I am wrong here- they are anti-American racists determined to destroy our country so they can live in the white supremacist dictatorship they are yearning for.  Getting a few eggs thrown at them (the majority of the violence here) doesn't even begin to be what they deserve.

Kaitlan Collins, Daily Caller:  "Here's How George Bush Responded To Louisiana Compared To Obama Today"

Kaitlyn, George Bush responded to Louisiana by turning FEMA over to his college friend as soon as he took office, who left it totally nonfunctional when it faced a major disaster.  Obama responded by rectifying the situation and making FEMA an organization capable of doing its job, like it was under Bill Clinton.  Who showed up for a photo op and when, really doesn't mean a damned thing compared to that.  Under Democrats, government works; under Republicans it doesn't.

Breitbart:  "Animal Rights Activists Wish Death upon 12-Year-Old Female Hunter"

And here she is, with the poor giraffe she killed:

Screw it- you know what? I wish death on her too, and on the miserable parents that brought up a child so psychopathic and lacking in empathy that she could do this.

Christian Datoc, Daily Caller:  "Christie: Hillary's Broken Promises To Black Community Are 'Unacceptable'...'A Trump presidency will address those things head on, without caving into the special interests'

Sorry, that remark is beyond the reach of sarcasm.

Moses Apostaticus, Daily Caller:  "The Alt-Right: Young White Men Sick Of Being Hated"

Ha.  Moses sort of forgot about all the hating they are doing on their own.  But they're white guys- they are allowed to hate.

"Schooled in extreme leftist ideology during her college years and having refined her rhetorical barbs inside the deeply corrupt Democratic machine, she’s expert at pushing the ideological buttons which leftists have been programmed to respond to."

Like objecting to violent white racist bullies with guns.  That sure is pushing an ideological button, alright.

 "The problem that Hillary and other leftists are encountering now is that young, white men have had enough, and are starting to push back against the dogma en masse."

With more violent racism.  How quaint.  And by the way, we think they have had enough too.  Enough of a free ride on the backs of non-white people around the world.  Now, they are getting a taste of what it is like to be on the bottom of the heap, and they don't like it too much.  Well, too damned bad.

"This is what has leftists worried. Leftists haven’t had any real intellectual opposition for a very long time, and they now have a formidable foe indeed."

Not that I'd exactly call hatred and bigotry "intellectual," though.

James Harris, Daily Caller:  "Millions of African Americans...aren't being heard when asking for safe neighborhoods or criticizing a welfare system that destroyed their families."

If they aren't being heard, how do we know they exist?  In fact, and I'm just guessing here, given that Trump's support among African Americans hovers between zero and one percent in most States, they don't exist.  But, what do I know?

Wayne Allen Root, American Thinker:  "That Angry White Males Have Every Right to be Angry"

Great.  Just do it somewhere  else, please.  Or to each other.

Michael Curtis, American Thinker:  "Two Problems for the Next President of the United States...They center on Vladimir Putin, the enigma of the East."

Funny, isn't it, that Michael got through this entire article without even mentioning the fact that Putin owns Donald Trump.  In fact, he never even mentioned Trump in the whole piece.

And let's just end this nonsense with the following:

Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "The sound and sight of an old, fat, sick coughing woman beside a healthy and vigorous man speaking confidently and clearly can only hurt Hillary and help Trump.  Hillary's uncontrolled coughing will be the story coming out of the debate, no matter what the candidates actually said, and that will make her health an issue that may not go away until Election Day."

Bruce knows this because he can see into the future, and has already watched the first debate, in which Hillary falls to the floor in a fit, while several dozen "security" guys jab her with epi-pens from every direction.  Unable to control herself, she would then promptly revert to her real appearance as a lizard person from outer space.  That would sure put a damper on her campaign.

And you know, Hillary could put an end to all of this, with a letter from her doctor, maybe like the one who vouched for Trump's health:

Oh well, at least it answers the question of what this guy has been up to for the last couple of decades:

"the next day, the Trump campaign ought to say nothing more than "we hope Mrs. Clinton is doing better today, and we hope that she is able to well for the next debate."  Nothing snide, nothing editorial, and nothing more."

Because that would be Trump all over.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Why do people send out "tweet storms?"  Why do they not just say what they have to say, in a nice, easy to read article, post it somewhere relatively public, and see how people respond?  Instead, they voluntarily reduce political conversation to nothing but an endless series of cheap sound bites.

Honestly, I think sending out "tweet storms" should be dealt with by a course of electroshock therapy.

My Point Exactly

Daily Kos this morning, making a point that I have been trying to get people to accept for several years now:

"The week started with attacks on the Clinton foundation (which fizzled, to the consternation of many in the media and to the embarrassment of the AP) and ended with a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic and racist connections...

But there is a reason why people like Rove and Trump employ this tactic: the media buys it. For example, here are some of the headlines emanating from yesterday:

ABC: Clinton, Trump Tangle Over RacismWashington Post: Clinton, Trump exchange racially charged accusationsCNN: Clinton says Trump leading ‘hate movement’; he calls her a ‘bigot’Politico: Trump and Clinton throw more blows in bigotry fight

In other words, projection isn’t just a psychological defense mechanism anymore. It is a political strategy used to ensure that the media reports moments like this as a “he said/she said” that is the basis of bothsiderism. It works."

Let me make this clear:  "Projection" is not what is going on here.  Projection is a psychological problem, not a cynical political strategy.  And more importantly, because this article still does not make the key point, what is happening here is not Republicans duping the press, it is Republicans acting in collaboration with the press, which is owned by Republicans and is determined to interpret Democratic truth-telling about Republicans, and Republican lies about Democrats as exactly the same.

There is not an informed person in the country, including all of the reporters for the mainstream media, who does not know absolutely, that the stories about the Clinton foundation are lies, and that the evidence that Trump is a monster is all over the place.  Yet they repeat the charges from both sides, over and over again as though they deserve equal weight.

This is a perfect way to kill a free society.  And they are well along in their campaign to do just that.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Hatchet Job on the Clintons from the Left

Everybody hates them!  Even though nobody can actually find anything evil they have ever done!  But who cares?  It's so much fun to help turn the country over to a traitor. The object of my current disgust?  An article that appeared in Harpers' magazine a couple of years ago, which has suddenly been resurrected.  I found out about it from some alleged left wingers on Facebook who apparently do not have the ability to either read or think, and who seem to believe that it really stitches up the Clintons quite tightly.  I wouldn't bother with it here, but my response is so long that it was not suitable for a Facebook comment.  I'll direct readers of that thread over here; anyone else is welcome to read or not, as I give it a bit of the Wingnut Wrapup treatment:

"After endless delays and excuses, the Clinton Foundation released its 2014 tax return"

The publication date for this article was November 17, 2015. The Clinton Foundation's 2014 tax return was presumably not due until April, 2015, and if their accountants had filed for an automatic extension, that would make the public release of the information less than two months after the return was legally due.  That does not amount to "endless delays," but it certainly shows the tone of hysteria with which the author is about to present whatever material he was able to dredge up.

"Journalists are going to be scouring through this new financial information and pumping out “balanced” stories that evade what is already evident, namely that the  Clintons have used their foundation for crass profiteering and influence peddling. If the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies do their jobs, the foundation will be closed and its current and past trustees, who include Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, will be indicted. That’s because their so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich Clinton family friends. It is beyond dispute that former President Clinton has been directly involved in helping foundation donors and his personal cronies get rich."
Even though the writer of this article, one Ken Silverstein, seems to lack a single shred of evidence to support his maniacal claims.

And here is a damning piece of information:  The Clintons used an accounting firm from Bill's home State, Arkansas to handle the foundation's books.  About this, Silverstein says:

"It brings to mind Bernie Madoff, who also used a small accounting shop when he was running his notorious Ponzi scheme."

So now the Clintons are on a level with the biggest corporate criminals in American history, because they used a small accounting firm.  Because, by the way, we've never heard of criminality on the part of large and famous accounting firms.

"The new audit that was released yesterday was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a major accounting firm. I’ve been told by multiple sources with knowledge of the review that PwC was under tremendous outside pressure to turn in a truthful audit as opposed to the shoddy work performed by BKD. "

Multiple sources, all unnamed, of course.  Boy is that a common thing among people who like to attack the Clintons.

“I can’t say for certain that it’s illegal because I don’t have access to all the financial information but at best they are skating along the edge,” the source added. "

The (of course) unnamed source "can't say" that it is illegal, because he does not have a shred of evidence that it is; otherwise he would be pounding our heads in with it.  But that certainly won't stop him from saying it is, now, will it?

“They get away with it because the major media outlets are too lazy to look into it but the [Congressional] Benghazi Committee has access to the key information, and so do government agencies like the IRS, the SEC and the FEC. If you put together the information that all of these agencies have it’s obvious that the foundation is a fraud.”

The Benghazi committee!  The Benghazi committee had proof that the Clintons did something illegal, and they ignored it!  Can you even believe that someone had the nerve to say that?

Bill and Hillary Clinton have in tandem made enormous sums of money since Bill left the White House. According to the Washington Post, they netted at least $136.5 million between 2001 and 2012. “All the Benghazi committee has to do is match up Hillary’s travel as secretary of state with Bill’s speaking arrangements...can they get away with that? The committee is either corrupt or incompetent, or both.”

Oh yes, the Benghazi committee was on the take, covering for Hillary's criminality. And all on the say so of the usual unnamed sources.  Is there anyone on earth stupid enough to fall for that?*

"There’s also Sidney Blumenthal, another Clinton administration veteran and long-time Clinton family hatchet man. (Perhaps I’m biased but my view is that allowing Blumenthal to operate in the political environment is like letting Typhoid Mary loose in an orphanage.)"

Sidney Blumenthal!  And they paid him to work for them! And what's more, Blumenthal also works for organizations promoting Hillary's candidacy!  The corruption!  What next, is this article going to claim that Vince Foster was killed so he could serve as Hillary's personal liason with Satan?

Well, this malignant article goes on and on, filled with invective and smears, and without one substantiable fact to prove the Clintons were up to a thing but running a very successful and transparent charity, which has done tremendous good.  But, who cares?  It's been proven again and again, for over twenty years, that, when you are smearing the Clintons, everything is fair game.

*Apparently there are such people, or I would not have to spend my time writing things like this.

The Press Casts Their Vote

Things I heard yesterday:

ABC News providing a detailed, absolutely fabricated account of Hillary's charitable activities, straight out of the Trump campaign.  They treated Trump's smears and the actual, well known truth as equally likely to be true, and when called out on it, weaseled around and still refused to state openly that they were purveying lies.

NPR:  I heard them while I was driving to work, discussing the lying Trump accusations against the Clinton foundation as equally likely to be true or false, with the clear implication that we just can't trust someone who has all these rumors swirling around her.  And again, I must repeat what we all know perfectly well: not one person who touched this story has a shred of doubt that it is a monstrous lie, but they repeat it anyway because...because that is what they get paid to do.

And now, we hear about more e-mails from Hillary; e-mails which no one in the press has ever seen, but that does not stop them from reporting with a tone which clearly implies that they are going to reveal some horrible misdeeds.  So, when, like every similar story for three years, this one turns out to be about nothing, the press will just forget about it and report about even more e-mails, which may or may not even exist, but which will surely, finally, provide the smoking-gun evidence that Hillary, who has survived two decades of these lies, is a horrible witch.

So, totally fabricated stories about mythical evildoing by Hillary continue to grab the attention of the mainstream media, day after day, month after month, year after year, without ever once paying off, pushing out of the news things like this:

Donald Trump is in league with the spy service of the world's worst dictator.
Trump supports destroying our NATO commitments.
Trump's whole business life has been an endless succession of criminal deals and failures.
Trump is openly courting the worst sort of American racists, and there is only one explanation for this- that Trump is a race hater himself, with a long family and personal history of racism.
Trump is promoting the most disgusting hatred and violence among his American base.

I could go on and on here, but let me stop to point out that this is exactly how the country ended up with George W. Bush as president:  the mainstream press chose to endlessly promote a series of lies and smears against Al Gore, while utterly ignoring the obvious fact that Bush would make the worst President in our history.

And let's forget about the nonsense that this is because the press loves a horse race, or that reporters are all operating on the emotional level of middle school bullies.  This all dates to Ronald Reagan's successful efforts to see to it that virtually the entire mainstream media could be bought up by a handful of gigantic corporations, who use them, as they use everything they control, to the personal short term advantage of their top management, regardless of the easily predictable result.

I can't believe the people who watch this and still blame it on the psychological deficiencies of reporters and opinion writers.  I wonder, didn't any of these people ever have a job?  And if they did, did they do what they wanted to do, or what their bosses paid them to do?  And it is the same with the members of our press here in the United States.  It is dedicated solely to advancing the interests of a few hundred rich families, and one of the principal means of achieving that is to make sure that the clear truth is kept out of the hands of voters.  Thus, Hillary is a crooked, dishonest, self-serving creep, but the traitor Trump is probably someone we'd all like to have a beer with, so let's put him in the White House.

As I've said over and over again, the Democrats could wipe the Repubican party off the face of the earth without hardly trying, but they cannot defeat the Republicans and the press working together, and that is what we are facing today.  Well, maybe they've gone a step too far when they let Trump take the Republican nomination, but we thought the same thing with Bush, and with Reagan too, a couple of guys who were frighteningly unsuited to be President.  We got them anyway, and we might get Trump too.  In my opinion, this would really be the end of the great American experiment in self-governing, but to the people behind the Republican party and the press, that would be a good thing, as long as it isn't too obvious.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trump is Winning the News Wars

As Democrats have their laughs every day at the preposterous and disgusting things that Trump and his surrogates have to say for themselves, they are totally missing the key fact in all of this: the outpouring of hatred is accomplishing exactly what it is intended to.

In the first place, as Trump has said, nothing he does can make the 35% of voters that are committed to supporting him turn their backs on him.  So there is just no downside to his infantile displays.

But there is a big upside, and it is not that he thinks he is going to convince any of us to suddenly become white racist haters.  Hillary is running, or trying to run, a fact based campaign.  When voters have a chance to hear what she is really proposing, the vast majority of them are going to be sympathetic to it.  But they are apparently never going to hear it, because Trump, counting on the collaboration of the mainstream press, has figured out a way to monopolize the news coverage, so Hillary will never get a chance to have her message heard.  Instead, it is his intention to see that people are fed a steady diet of "Hillary is on her deathbed," "The Clinton foundation is some sort of massive corrupt conspiracy,"  "e-mails, e-mails, e-mails," "Benghazi!!!"  and endless other even uglier lies, between now and November.

And so far, it's working.  There is not a sign that the mainstream press thinks it is their job to provide the American people with actual information about the candidates.  Instead, they've decided to go to the circus, and stay there.  So the coverage is barely above that accorded to the Republican primary argument about the size of the candidates' penises.

And don't think this will not take its toll.  Look at the way their single-minded two decade campaign to portray Bill and Hillary as corrupt criminals has taken its toll, or how many people they have, unbelievably enough, convinced that Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. If they can just get a few percent more voters to fall for their miserable backstabbing, we will be right back where we were a few months ago, before people started to see what a conniving crook Trump is, and then, with the collaboration of the press, and a little strategic cheating, we might indeed be facing a Trump Presidency.

Monday, August 22, 2016

It's About the Ads

I want to take the opportunity to discuss something that my wife observed, which I totally missed; and about which I think she is one hundred percent right.

First, let me say that she had a 25 year career as a feature film trailer maker, ending up as a senior executive in creative advertising at one of the major motion picture studios, so she knows something about the subject.

Her remark had to do with two recent Trump events- his delivering a seemingly accommodating speech about black Americans, in front of a totally white audience, and his useless appearance in Baton Rouge after the flooding there.  She attributes both of these events to the new presence of ex-adman Roger Ailes in Trump's campaign.  Her notion is that neither of these events had anything to do with the live or TV audiences that saw them this week, but that both of them were nothing but stockpiling footage to be used in campaign spots in October, portraying Trump as a humane, serious candidate.  As someone who was involved in many special shoots and audience reaction spots for movies, she said she recognized what was going on immediately.

Well, we won't have to wait long to see if she is right, which, by the way, I am sure she is.  Just one more cynical manipulation of public opinion by Republicans.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Horrible Truth About Hillary Is Finally Revealed!

From no less authoritative source than Donald Trump's friends at the National Enquirer:


It turns out that the people at the National Enquirer, in the kindly, considerate fashion for which they have always been famous, have been sugar-coating the truth.  Now at last, the whole horror can be revealed:
What a pity.  It's a shame to see the decline of a great personality.  Oh well, at least we can take comfort in the fact that we will all be safe under the steady hand of President Trump.

And yes, I could have done a better photoshop job than this, but really, who cares?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Real Trump

Before getting on with this post, let me remind you of this:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

And with that gotten over, on we go.

Donald Trump this week unceremoniously dumped campaign manager Paul Manafort, not because he is a loathsome pig (they both are) but solely because Trump saw that Manafort had become a liability to his Presidential campaign.  Nothing else about Manafort bothered Trump in the least, including Manafort's having been paid millions by the Putin government.

And what was that money handed over for?  Well, this, for instance:

"Lt. Colonel Tom Doman’s introduction to Ukraine, at 4 a.m. on May 27, 2006, was not a warm one.

“We had rocks thrown at us. Rocks hit Marines. Buses were rocked back and forth. We were just trying to get to our base.”

Doman and his 112 reserve Marines and sailors were boarding the buses after dark, with backup from Ukrainian special forces, to get to a compound where they would lay the groundwork for Sea Breeze 2006, a larger international training exercise set to involve 3,500 troops from the U.S., Ukraine, and 12 NATO partner countries. But hundreds of protesters seemed to have come out of nowhere to confront them.

The Marines ended up hemmed in by angry locals in Feodosia, a Ukrainian resort city on the Black Sea. “We had people jeering us and protesting against us until we basically left the country,” Doman says. The Americans couldn’t go outside; they couldn’t reach their supply ship in the town’s port. Some protesters wielded what Col. Bill Black, the Marines’ commanding officer, jokingly called “Ukrainian cocktails” — plastic bottles filled with diesel fuel.

A decade later, the aborted exercise is arousing new interest: American diplomatic cables and Ukrainian prosecutors say the anti-US, anti-NATO protests that threatened these Marines were largely partisan plants, organized by politicians who consulted with Paul Manafort, now the prominent campaign aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump."

The Marines were eventually forced to leave the country, their mission incomplete, for fear of setting off an international incident.

And in case you have forgotten already, let me repeat this:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

The Republicans throw the word treason around against every Democrat, so often that it has largely become a meaningless taunt to most people.  But here it is, folks, the real thing- literal, Constitutionally defined treason in its most blatant form; the actual incitement of violence against U.S. troops, to the benefit of a hostile country, and all done for cash.

So Manafort got caught and now Trump is endeavoring to wash the stain away.  But the truth remains: Trump is a traitor and the willing employer of traitors, and a large part of the electorate is just fine with that.  It's hard to find, given this fact, a shred of the country that we are supposed to respect.

Why We Fight

"Why we fight" was a series of films made by Frank Capra during World War II, to help the American people understand why the war, so far from our shores, was so important to us.  Well, we don't need to make things like this today; our enemies do it for us.

Here, via Digby, is a short video of a bunch of Trump supporters, which I urge you to watch, even though seeing it was as painful to me as it undoubtedly was to Digby.  Take a look at it and you will understand that what we are fighting for is not HER versus HIM, it is the survival of this country as a decent part of civilization at all:

And never forget this:  When Trump supporters say that he expresses what they feel, this is what they mean.

While You Were Being Forced to Watch the Circus, Part about Ten Thousand

As the Republicans have again mesmerized the press into staring into the orange sun until they go blind, there are actually things going on in the country.  This is one of them.

A few days ago, Aetna announced that it was pulling out of Obamacare.  They claimed, and it was duly reported, that this was because they just couldn't make a profit following the dictatorial rules of mean old Mr. Obama.

We're still seeing that sort of reporting, but the reality turned out to be a little different.  In actuality, Aetna, whose CEO was, incidentally, paid over $27 million dollars last year, is doing what it is doing to punish Obama for not letting them merge with Humana, an act which would significantly reduce competitiveness among insurance companies, and in the end damage Americans' ability to afford health insurance.

Well, all this proves something that should need absolutely no proving: basing laws on the notion that rich people can be peacefully induced to consider the public good alongside their own enrichment is one of the stupidest ideas in the history of civilization.  $27 million a year is simply not a big enough reward for the brilliance and hard work of Aetna's CEO, and if ten million Americans have to be deprived of health insurance to make that point, well, too damned bad.

So, nice try with Obamacare, Barack, and it certainly produced some immense improvements in the health care of a lot of people, but in the end, what it proves is that we cannot trust our fates to the humanity of the rich. What is needed in this country is a single payer health care plan, like those in every other industrial democracy on earth, which could be easily provided here, simply by expanding Medicare to everyone. Yeah, it might crush the hell out of those insurance companies and their bosses' $27 million dollar salaries, but at the present point in our national evolution, what decent person would not see that as a feature, rather than a bug?

Friday, August 19, 2016

It Runs In The Family

I saw this yesterday at a right wing site:

"Accusations of anti-Semitism in the Donald Trump campaign are nothing new, but rarely are they more solid than this.  Joseph Schmitz, one of Trump's five foreign policy advisors, was accused of bragging about pushing out Jewish employees when he worked for the Department of Defense."

This particular Trump hire interested me because of the guy's last name, Schmitz.  Sure enough, a little bit of investigation revealed that he is the son of former Republican Congressman John Schmitz.  Schmitz, a guy so hard right that he was kicked out of the John Birch Society for extremism, was also a professor at a Bible college, a job that came to an end when it was discovered he was having an affair with one of his students, with whom he fathered two children.  Of course, being a good Republican, he refused for the rest of his life to pay a dime of child support.

Well, the capper of this whole story is the tale of this guy's daughter, and Joseph Schmitz's sister, one Mary Kay Latourneau, who you may remember as being a teacher who was sent to prison for having sex with, and getting pregnant by, one of her twelve year old students.  Sort of runs in the family, huh?

A fine Republican family, yes sir.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Yup, they're still at it.  Although I must say that I've noticed a slight flagging of enthusiasm among the wingnuts the last few days, as it slowly begins to dawn on them that the United States is not totally filled with vicious right wing jackasses.

Today's Wingnut Wrapup dedicated to Rudy "Mister 9-11" Giuliani, for having the unmitigated gall to say this:

"Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office."

Rudy, you've been milking the World Trade Center bombing ever since it happened, but now, suddenly, you've forgotten that it ever happened?  Talk about having no shame.  Rudy is now claiming that the press has misinterpreted what he said, which was just "shorthand."  Hey, another new Republican euphemism for lying.

And also, a special shoutout to Donald Trump, who fired his latest campaign manager, who was caught taking $12.7 million from the Russians for, well, who knows what, and replaced him with someone who will undoubtedly be able to reach out successfully to independent voters- the head of Breitbart news, a source of a constant stream of piggish smears and lies featured here at Wingnut Wrapup.  Big mistake, Donald- if that is the direction you are going in, why did you not go whole hog, and hire Jim Hoft?

And can we forget this classic Republican?

"U.S. Representative Martha Roby, a Republican from Alabama’s 2d Congressional District has introduced H.R. 1406, officially named the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” which would END the requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act for employers to pay Time-and-a-Half to employees for every hour worked over 40 in one week."

Well, no sense obsessing on that.  On we go.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Report: Major Federal Investigation into Clinton Foundation Underway"

Oh my God, they've got her now!  Well, reading about this "investigation" a little further, you might learn this:

"First, the substance of the report rests on the assertions of a single source -- who goes unnamed, and who is vaguely identified as a "former senior law enforcement official." Journalistically, this is very thin.  Second, the piece's central claim appears to fly in the face of CNN's very recent reporting that the Justice Department had shot down requests from three FBI field offices to open a probe into the Clinton Foundation"

But of course, that is not a reason for Conservatives to hold back on this story, is it?  And the worse Trump does, as we all know damned well, the more vicious the lies about Hillary are going to get.  Anyway, it was a nice opportunity to repeat all of the long-disproven Republican smears about the Clinton foundation one more time, confident that they are speaking to people who don't know the first thing about the Clinton foundation, and are slavering to lap up more disgusting crap about Hillary.

Katie Kieffer, Town Hall:  "Standing Ovation: Trump’s Economic Plan"

Which, at this point consists of the following totally original ideas:  cut taxes on the rich, do away with corporate income taxes, kill the estate tax, eliminate regulations that do nothing but protect Americans from the rich, and...well, you get it- the same corrupt Repubican bullshit that they have been shoveling down our throats for a hundred years now.

And now, another little dose of projection:

Ilana Mercer, Town Hall:  "The Clinton Media have gone from malfunctioning to mad, from “dishonest” to deranged. Their coverage of the 2016 election is no longer tinged by liberal bias, but is about moving viewers and readers into a parallel universe, an alternate reality of the media’s making."

It's hard to even make a joke about delusion on that magnitude.  Of course, it isn't really delusion, it's just the work of a paid liar.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Manafort Accuses Never Trumpers of Being Tied to Clinton Foundation"

This would be the same Manafort, I'm guessing, who is "tied" to the Russians, via a $12 million dollar payout to him that we just learned about a couple of days ago.

Christopher Malagisi, Town Hall:  "What is Conservatism? Author Interview with Jonah Goldberg"

Jonah Goldberg?  You sure you might not learn more by interviewing him on "What is Stupidity?" or maybe "My Mom's Betrayal of the Country Earned Me a Place for Life at the Conservative Hog Trough."

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "Donald Trump Should Go for the Black Vote—NOW!"

Why doesn't he go for the wolverine vote too?  I mean, he's got just about as much chance there as he does with blacks.  And I bet a lot of those wolverines vote ten times, too.

Washington Examiner:  "Trump earns 'outsider' status receives fewest Capitol Hill donations in last 24 years"

The leaders of his own party turn on him- see, it's a good thing.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Ultimate rigging: Has Obama found a way to STAY in office?"

No, Joseph, he hasn't.  But we'll let you know if he changes his mind.

William Levinson, American Thinker:  "Donald Trump Against the Decline and Fall"

Right.  No decline for Trump. He just wants to get the whole thing over in a day, with a nuclear war.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Marion Barry’s son Christopher dies of drug overdose...A family tree poisoned by leftist ideology."

No, Thomas, it's a family tree poisoned by drugs.  Not quite the same thing, but thanks for trying.

Newsmax:  "Conservatives Push for Paid Family Leave"

That'll be the day.

Mark Swanson, Newsmax:  "Rep. Steve King: Too Late for Trump to Release Tax Returns...Iowa Rep. Steve King on Monday said "the window has passed" for Donald Trump to release his tax returns, and he clarified comments he made last week about being able to work with Hillary Clinton."

It's too late!  That's his story and he's sticking to it!

"If he were going to do that he should have done that some months ago so that there was time to digest it," King said on Morning Joe."

Oh, I see, Steve.  Two months isn't enough time to "digest" Trump's tax returns.  Okay then, let's just forget the whole thing.  God, just when you thought the Republicans couldn't come up with anything more stupid and disingenuous, they surprise you.

Newsmax:  "Larry Kudlow: Hillary Will Only Repeat Obama's Economic Failures"

Failures like generating over ten million jobs, giving 20 million people health insurance, tripling the Dow, cutting the deficit by two thirds, cutting the unemployment rate in half.  Man, if Hillary is going to fail like that, I guess we understand why Republicans are against it.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Congress Responds to Obama Releasing Largest Group of 'Hardened Terrorists' Yet"

That would be some poor saps in Guantanamo who the government has held in prison for a decade and a half without ever uncovering a single thing to charge them with.  Remember this forgotten saying:

 "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial"

Which has been apparently deleted from the Constitution to make room for more talk about guns.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Why Do People Still Donate to Universities?"

Maybe because they do not worship lies the way you do, Dennis.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Vows to Banish Islamic Extremism"

Man, I can't wait to see how that is going to work.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "3 Out of 5 Texans Choose Secession if Clinton is Elected"

Bye!  Somehow, the article missed this part of PPP's survey:

"Trump Leads By Only 6 in Texas "

Mitt Romney took Texas by 16 in 2012.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Watch: New Hampshire Governor Won't Answer Whether Hillary Is Honest Three Times in a Row"

If she was honest once in a row, it would beat Trump.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Game Changer? Trump Makes a Play for the Black Vote"

Knock yourself out, Donald.  Maybe you will go from 0% black support to 1%.  There must be a few really stupid black people out there.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  New Photos=>  Poor Hillary Propped Up by Pillows"

And here it is:

Man, that certainly disqualifies her from being President.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Professor Norpoth: Trump Has 87% of Winning November Election"

Ah, Professor Norproth.  Professor NORPROTH!  That changes everything.

Peter Lemiska, Renew America:  "Conservatives caught on the horns of a dilemma"

Yeah, between throwing their principles in the garbage one more time in the hopes of taking back control of the country, or just giving up and facing reality.  Sorry, guys, sometimes you just have to make the tough choices.

And now, from a source that we can count on to bring you the truth that others cannot face:

World Net Daily:  "U.S. ALARM: 'UNPRECEDENTED DEMONIC OUTPOURING'...'I believe God is done with our once-great country'


Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "I have seen numerous lower third graphics on CNN purposed to portray Trump as a racist and a nut case (standard Leftist tactics to silence and destroy)."

The usual disgraceful left wing tactic, telling the truth.  How could they have ever have stooped to such a thing?  More from Lloyd:

"The other night at my gym, the CNN lower graphic read, “Breaking News: Confederate Flag at Trump Rally Tonight”. Do you see what CNN was attempting to do?"

Yeah, I see it.  They were attempting to show someone displaying a Confederate flag at a Trump rally.  The bastards.

"Leftists do not care if they stir up racial hate as long as it generates enough racial division and fear to cause duped voters to vote for Democrats."

Republicans would never stoop to that.

"Patriots, we must carry Trump to victory. "

Well, he sure aint gettin' there on his own.

James DeLong, American Thinker:  "Let's Assume Trump Is Shrewd and Disciplined, Principled and Patriotic"

Sure...uh, what?  How stupid do you think we are?

And now, a looming new crisis facing the country:

Leonard Bakker, American Thinker:  "The ancient paradigm of USA versus the Russians was still with me as I evaluated the competition, but with an intriguing twist. Unlike the old stereotype, one couldn’t help but notice that several of the Russian female athletes were stunningly beautiful, significantly more so than their American counterparts: a random Google search of two such athletes, Yulia Efimova and Darya Klishina, showcased their beauty in very classy and traditionally feminine romantic portraits. I noticed no such comparable efforts for the Americans...So the question is: has feminism seeped sufficiently into the soul and substance of American women as to tip the balance of feminine beauty toward the now more traditionally oriented Russians? And is this not more important to the long-term survival of our nation than the erstwhile “missile gap” of the Cold War?"

God, I wish I could tell you that this was a joke, and that I had written it just to screw with you.  But no, it's real.  Hot women- the most important part of our foreign policy.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  " Ransom: Once Americans Were 'Wheels Up' $400 Million Was Sent to Iran"

It's their money, dimwit.  If we kept it, we would have stolen it.  I guess that's okay with Republicans.

Jay Caruso, Red State:  "Eric Bolling Dismisses Polling Data Citing Trump Crowds; Dana Perino Incredulous"

Well, Trump himself has been claiming this.  Let me tell you something, Jay:  If the Rolling Stones announced a free concert somewhere in the United States tomorrow, 500,000 people would turn up.  And that does not mean that they want Keith to be President.  I mean, Green Eagle does, but then, Green Eagle wants to change the national anthem to "Midnight Rambler."

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Former Incompetent RNC Chair Michael Steele Says the Breitbart-ization of Trump’s Campaign Will be “Magical”

Magical?  You mean, maybe like Voldemort?  And while we are on the subject, Leon, let me remind you that under "incompetent" Michael Steele, Republicans used to win elections.  Not so much under that Reince guy.  So, I kind of wonder what it was about Michael Steele that led you guys to fire him.  Ha ha, just kidding, we all know the answer to that one.

And now, a total proof that they've got nothing:

Elise Cooper, American Thinker:  "Dogs Turn Paws Down on Hillary...Hillary and animals just don't get along"

And none of them is going to vote for her.  That's how Trump plans to win.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Green Party nominee Jill Stein ‘will have trouble sleeping if Hillary Clinton is elected’"

Try oxy, Jill.

Eric Owens, Daily Caller:  "Farmers’ Almanac Crushes Dreams Of Global Warming Zealots With ‘ICE COLD WINTER’ Forecast"

Thousands of climate scientists with decades of actual research, versus the Farmer's Almanac.  Man, who are you going to trust?

"The “amazingly accurate” long-range forecast — starting on page 65 — covers September 2016 through December 2017. It prognosticates “exceptionally cold conditions” for several regions of the United States including the Midwest, the Great Lakes and Middle Atlantic regions, the Ohio Valley, and the entire Northeast."

How the hell do you know the forecast is "amazingly accurate," when it hasn't happened yet?  Oh wait, don't tell me.  I can't take it.

In fact, I can't take any more of this today.  'Bye until later.

Follow the Leader

Republican Arizona governor Jan Brewer today called Hillary a "lying killer," and when confronted about this, said that she just mispronounced Hillary's name.

As I have pointed out for years, lying is the stock in trade of Republicans, but this level of open belligerence behind the lies is something new, as is the willingness to essentially say, "yeah, I just lied in your face.  What the hell are you going to do about it?"

Well, guess where that attitude came from.  They picked him, and they knowingly picked him because they knew he would drive their train to a new low point in Republican history.  They knew that he would unleash them even further from honesty and common humanity, and they are getting what they paid for.  Welcome to the new Republican party- just like the old Republican party, only with less decency.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Do You Think Anyone Will Care?

From CBS News this morning:

"Report: Pro-Russian party earmarked $12.7M in cash for Trump campaign chair...There are new accusations about Donald Trump's campaign chairman and his ties to alleged corruption in Ukraine. The New York Times is out with a report showing Paul Manafort may have received more than $12 million in "undisclosed cash payments" from a pro-Russian political party while a consultant in Ukraine from 2007 to 2012."

Nothing to see here, folks...just move along.  I mean, it is just so inconceivable that a Republican candidate for President could be a tool of our biggest enemy, right?  Now, we all know that every Democrat is just a Communist in disguise, but Republicans are Patriots, who would never, say, work with Russian spies to undermine our country's democratic system, or take millions for...what?

Like I say, people, time to get back to Hillary's e-mails.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

And let's start out with a report on the most hard working men in politics:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "House Task Force Confirms: ISIS Threat Was Altered in Intelligence Reports For Political Purposes"

A House "task force."  A house task force composed entirely of Republicans.  Just like the Benghazi guys.

"A roughly 10-page report on the controversy is expected to be released by the end of next week, two officials said."

TEN PAGES!  Man, that will be some report.  Even Katie is forced to admit:

 "While it contains no definitive evidence that senior Obama administration officials ordered the reports to be doctored..."

Oh hell, why go on?  Meanwhile their candidate for President is threatening the life of ours, but hey, that's just fine.  Katie concludes:

"The Obama administration has been putting politics above national security for years. It's no wonder America and the world have become increasingly less safe."

Listen, you pathetic tool, if the Obama administration has done that, why not report on it, instead of running a misleading report on something that didn't happen?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Survey: 86 Percent Of America's Mayors 'Very Worried' About Police Officer Safety"

Republicans once again congratulating themselves on the success of their endless deception.  The majority of police officers never use their guns in the entire course of their careers, and killings of police officers peaked in the Reagan administration, and have declined strongly during Obama's time in office.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Was Referring to Second Amendment Voters, Not Assassination"

Grow up, you little liar, and stop being a traitor.  He was referring to killing a sitting American President, and referring to it as if it were a pretty good idea.  And he's your guy, Miss Katie Patriot. Listen, Katy, if you want to make a living being dishonest, why not just become a prostitute? That way, you will only be infecting people one at a time.

Thomas Sowell, Town Hall:  "A year ago, in August 2015, this column called "The Donald" the Democrats' Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a thoroughly discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year's election."

Hey, you guys picked him, not us.  And do you think Ted Cruz would be doing much better?

"The strongest argument -- indeed, the only argument -- for voting for Trump is Hillary Clinton."

They'd be saying the same thing if the Democrats had nominated Jesus.  Can't you see Thomas saying that you need to vote for Trump, or Jesus will get into office and raise your taxes?

"How did we get into the predicament where our choices for President are narrowed to a candidate who inspires distrust versus a candidate who inspires disgust..."

And the answer?

"One key misstep by the Republican establishment was agreeing, once again, to so-called "debates"

Better to have stuck with TV spots funded by the Koch brothers.  You can tell all the lies you want there, without having any pesky Democrats say anything about them.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Trump's 'Second Amendment' Comment: Inappropriate and Dumb, But a Joke"

I don't know about you, but it didn't make me laugh, and I thought that was pretty much the definition of a joke, unless you are talking about when "the joke's on you."

Ed Klein, Town Hall:  "The FBI Always Gets Its Man (or Woman) and May Still Get Hillary"

For being "careless."  On those grounds, Green Eagle might have gotten the death penalty when a parakeet he bought escaped.

“Hillary shouldn’t imagine that she’s free and clear. Comey may have pulled his punches the last time around because he didn’t think his case was winnable in a court of law, but it’s possible that new evidence could shock the country and make Hillary a very vulnerable presidential candidate.”

It's possible that new evidence will prove that Hillary is from Mars, I guess.  Meanwhile, not a word about whether it is "careless" to suborn the murder of a President of the United States.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Uh Oh: Clinton 50, Trump 37"

You know what?  It's a sign of how sick this country is that Trump would even be polling 7.

Streiff, Red State:  "Democrat Ted Strickland Jokes That Justice Antonin Scalia “Died At A Good Time”

I just want to state that Ted Strickland was very wrong to have said this.  A "good time" for Antonin Scalia to have died would have been the day after he was nominated.

Evilbloggerlady, Red State:  " The media spent five times more airtime on Trump's 2nd amendment comments than Hillary Clinton inviting the Orlando shooter's dad to premium seats for her Florida rally."

Actually, it is a disgrace that they didn't spend a thousand times more airtime on Trump's threatened assassination of Hillary, which actually happened, as on Hillary's inviting some guy to her Florida rally, which didn't.  See the difference there?

Bob Bennet, Red State:  "Did Obama’s FBI Want Us All Dead?"

No.  If we were all dead, how could they force us to convert to Islam?

Paula Boyard, PJ Media:  "[Live Video] There's a Guy Climbing Trump Tower Right Now...How high will he go?"

Higher than Donald's poll numbers, I'll bet, unless he's climbing down into the underground parking garage.

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Report: Fiorina Angling for Reince Priebus' Job...She can't be any worse at it."

I don't see how she could be any better at it either, given that it involves turning Donald Trump into a decent human being. Maybe they should give Dr. Phil a shot at it.  Well, the inevitable Republican search for scapegoats is under way.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ANOTHER MASSIVE RALLY=> 12,000 Line Up to See Trump in Sunrise,FL"

People love to watch a disaster, Jim.

Helen Raleigh, Town Hall:  "Local Efforts in Battleground States May Determine the Outcome of 2016"

They're getting desperate now for a shred of hope.  "Local efforts" are going to win the day.  As if Trump has any, except for maybe having storm troopers shoot anyone who tries to vote for Hillary.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "The Obama Administration's Student Loan Proposal Could Decimate Small Colleges"

By giving them more students.  This just in:  "The Obama Administration's Student Loan Proposal Could Drive Porcupines Into Extinction!"  I mean, it could.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Photos: Hillary Builds a Wall... Around Her House"

Nothing to do with the fact that her opponent in the Presidential contest has called for her to be assassinated, does it?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "While it didn't seem likely Trump actually thought Obama created (ISIS), he has made yet another verbal flip flop and is again having to clarify a comment - meaning more negative optics."

"Negative optics..."  A new Republican synonym for "lies."

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Was A DNC Staffer Murdered In A Politically Motivated Hit? Wikileaks Founder Won’t Confirm Or Deny"

Which the Wikileaks founder would know everything about, seeing as he lives in an embassy in London, and knows only what any of us could find on the internet.  Still, why not suggest that serial killer Hillary has killed again?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Tapper: Yes, Hillary's Integrity Deserves to Be Questioned After Clinton Foundation Emails"

There!  She did it!  She found a new way to get the words "Hillary" and "e-mails" into the same sentence!

And now, a lesson in how you reach conclusions, Republican style, from Red State:

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Don’t Look Now, but Donald Trump Has Had a Pretty Good Day of Polling"

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Hillary up Four Points Over Trump in Georgia? Not So Fast…"

See? If we just ignore what the polls actually say, things look great for Trump.  Keep up that thinking, guys- it's a Republican tradition, after all.

Stephen Stone, Renew America:  "Will Obama be impeached now that Republicans control both houses of Congress? (Nov. 2014)"

Why Renew America chose to repost this, I will never know, since it reveals them to be idiots.  Still, I guess you can't blame them for pining for better times.

Frank Lewis, Renew America:  "People in the media make a big deal about Donald Trump's businesses filling bankruptcy. It is the law, he followed it. He filed bankruptcy for the same reasons any other business or individual does."

Yeah, because he is a loser.  A LOSER, Donald.  A loser with little hands!  Loser, loser loser!!!!!

"While I am not an expert on this, I believe his business bankruptcies were a result of the bad economy. The worst economy "since the depression" is how I heard it."

Well, the way I heard it is that Trump declared bankruptcy six times: in 1991, in 1992, again in 1992, again in 1992, in 2004, and in 2009.  If that was "the worst economy since the depression," it sure lasted a hell of a long time, so  why didn't every other businessman declare bankruptcy six times? Just asking.  Anyway, let me end this just by repeating the following:  LOSER!

Man that felt good.  Let's do it again:  Trump is a LOSER!

Frank somehow then manages to move on to the following remark:

"So, the other question that gets posed to Obama and Hillary (among others) is if Donald Trump has the correct composure and temperament to have his hand on the nuclear button. I think so!  Our adversaries will surely use more caution if they know there is a chance that our president might push the button"

The right temperament to be President- an out of control maniac who just might decide it is time to end humanitiy's long experiment with civilization, and go back to living in caves.  Frank actually seems to be okay with that.

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner:  "Third-party candidates could swing presidential election"

Keep praying, guys.  Maybe Jesus could come back soon and make the whole thing meaningless. Man, that would be one October surprise, huh?

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "As one of those who has suggested Donald Trump has the potential not only to win the 2016 presidential election, but to win in a landslide, it’s time for a note of clarification."

A note of clarification: yeah, that Joseph Farah is one gigantic dumbass.  And here, I thought that was already pretty clear.

And now, let's just go out on this sad news:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:   "BREAKING=> TOP PHYSICIAN: Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease"

Well, let's see now:  I've discovered by looking online for about ten minutes that she has permanent brain damage, grand mal seizures, AIDS, dementia, brain tumors and several other kinds of cancer, clinical depression, coughing, acting "extremely weird," three strokes, multiple sclerosis, alcoholism, "transverse sinus thrombosis," whatever in hell that is, and now Parkinson's disease.  And one of the articles I read went on to say that her shoes cost too much.

Well, this is one tough woman, to keep going with all of that.  I think she will make a hell of a President.  As soon as she figures out how to get a better deal on her shoes.

The Winner Explains How He Is Winning

Donald Trump today, with the truth about the election:

"Honestly, I‘m not running against crooked Hillary Clinton, I’m running against the crooked media,"

Well, that explains it all.  I mean, just look at the polls as they stand now, from five thirty eight:

Hillary Clinton:           49.1%

Donald Trump             41.0%

The Press                     0.0%

See? He's way out ahead.  Of course, the way things are going, by November Trump will have trouble outpolling Joseph Goebbels, but that's a story for another day.

Another Step Into Darkness

I wish to make a comment about Trump's recent statements, encouraging the assassination of Hillary, and also trying to create a national body of "observers" to show up at polling places.

One of the characteristics that has, so far, separated the Trump campaign from traditional fascist movements like those of Hitler and Mussolini, is that they almost always involved the creation of a private army to enforce the will of the leader.  We have, of course, the SA in Germany, and the black shirts in Italy as examples.

This is one of the main reasons that I have had reservations about comparing Trump too closely with previous fascist rulers.  Remember that it was the chaos created by the SA, and by the black shirts' march on Rome, that were major contributing factors in both Hitler's and Mussolini's ascendance.

However, I now wonder if, facing humiliation in a fair contest, and looking toward the future (remember, the Nazis never won a national election in Germany until Hitler was appointed Reichchancellor, and eliminated all other parties,) he isn't now beginning the attempt to create such an extra-judicial army to get his way, regardless of the decision of the voters.  This would certainly remove one of the last significant distinctions between Trump and Hitler, and would be the point at which, I suggest, there is far more in play than who wins an election.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Geezer and His Fish

Apropos of nothing:
Well, we all get to do something to remember, at some time in our lives.

Well, maybe twice.

The Trump Campaign Does History

More incomprehensible delusion from the Trump campaign, via spokesperson Katrina Pierson:

"Appearing on CNN Saturday morning, Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson presented yet another unique take on history, telling host Victor Blackwell that President Barack Obama invaded Afghanistan.

Blackwell then interrupted her, “Barack Obama in 2004, is that what you said?”

“No,” she replied. “I said afterwards. After the surge when al Qaeda was in ashes. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — remember we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem. It was Hillary Clinton and her incidents in Libya. They armed the rebels and funded them.”

“You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009. Is that what you’re saying?”

Pierson paused before replying, “Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — that was Obama’s war, yes.”

It's hard to even imagine what game they think they are playing when they say things like this, over and over again.  Thank God that it doesn't seem to be working, but really, at this point, in a country full of decent people, Trump wouldn't be polling 10%.  The Republican party is going to be answering for decades for the damage they have done to us by generating this out-of-control, ignorant, hate-filled base.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Trump Accomplishes His Plan?

Hillary gave an important speech today, outlining a very progressive economic program which would appeal to a vast majority of American workers and their families- if they ever heard about it.  Instead, all they hear about is the latest in Trump's daily sequence of psychotic delusions, presented and discussed as though they had the slightest shred of rationality or even meaning at all.

Is this a cynical plot to prevent Hillary from having a chance to show the American people that the she is not the evil witch that Republican propaganda has spent twenty years conjuring up out of nothing?  If so, it may very well be working.

Or is it, as it appears, the disintegration of a mentally disturbed megalomaniac, falling apart in front of the whole country?

Well, I'd guess it's both.  A deeply disturbed, out of control maniac can still have moments of extreme cunning; and when he has absolutely no ethical brakes at all, what you get may be very much like Trump.

As I have said about Hitler, Trump is basically a boring person (except, obviously to himself.)  The real interest lies in how so many people can so prostitute themselves as to be willing to give power to this guy in return for chimerical and patently worthless promises that he is, through absolutely unspecified means, going to solve their problems.

In this regard, Hitler was actually better than Trump.  His massive rearmament program did provide a great deal of employment in the middle of a depression, and he channeled his evil bullying in a manner that actually produced victories in the Rhineland, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia, at almost no cost.  The price that the German people had to pay for that early success was, of course, horrible, but I guess you could say that the current American pack of suckers are buying into a future of disaster, without even the minimal, temporary rewards that Hitler was able to offer.

At least Trump is proving that Barnum was wrong when he said that there is a sucker born every minute.  It seems like there are about a thousand of them born every second in this country.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How Long Can This Go On?

Donald Trump today, fresh off of doing everything he can to foment the assassination of his opponent:

“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Mr. Trump told a raucous and rowdy crowd in Florida on Wednesday night. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.” He added, “I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”

Obama and Hillary are not now merely enabling ISIS by their actions; they actually, literally founded ISIS.  This said by Trump, in front of a cheering, enraged mob.  Watch if you can stand it:

And I'll just end my coverage of this abomination with a quote from Trump, in an interview today:

"I'm a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth."

Large segments of the press are reporting this as nothing but normal behavior from a Presidential candidate.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Had Enough Yet?

So, we now have a Presidential candidate who has:

Collaborated with the spy service of Russia to undermine the US electoral process.
Threatened mass violence if his opponent wins the election.
And now, who had deliberately and openly incited the assassination of that candidate.

Amazing, isn't it, how many Republicans, and members of the so-called press, are just writing all of this off, and pretending that this is just a typical election.

With Trump's behavior yesterday, things have really spiraled into deep waters.  I have an idea about this, which I have not heard anyone discuss.  I'm not saying it is true; Trump may very well be the Hitlerian monster he is playing.  But here's another possibility:

We all know that Trump has one of the most diseased egos the country has ever seen.  He has inseparably tied his self-image to being a "winner."  His psychological makeup, despite all of the advantages he has had in life, is incredibly fragile, and he simply cannot stand being shown to the world as a loser.  Well, he can already see what is happening in this election: his success with Republican primary voters, who have been traumatized by decades of Republican emotional battering, is not translating into a similar phenomenon with others; he's got all the people he is ever going to get, and even if the press won't admit this fact, Trump knows it.  Well, if he can't be a winner, at least he can avoid being a loser, which can only happen if he is forced out of the race.  At this point, that is the best outcome possible for him, so that is what he is going for.  If threatening to have Hillary assassinated if she wins doesn't work, what next?  Promising to nuke Washington D.C. or to execute everyone in prison?  Whatever it takes, that is what he will do, I suspect, because that is the only way at this point that he can avoid having to see himself as a loser, which is more important to him than anything else on earth.

Am I certain about this?  No, not at all; it is nearly impossible to underestimate the abysmal nature of Trump's character, so he could easily be okay with assassination and subversion to get what he wants.  Nevertheless, I think it is an idea that is worth considering.

Well, glad I got that out.  Now, on with the next atrocity.