Sunday, December 31, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, it's back.  Green Eagle obviously has too much time on his hands.

Let's start the new year off with ...well, with a useless pile of right wing garbage.  What else would you expect from Green Eagle?

Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "Ted Cruz Calls Out CNN's 'Iranian Pravda'

Managing in two words to accuse the media of being both Communists and Islamists, without having a shred of meaning or evidence.  Perfect right wing speech, and a perfect reason that Ted Cruz is the ideal right wing leader.

Arthur Schaper, Town Hall:  "Mr. President: No DACA, Build The Wall, or No Deal at All!"

No deal at all...evil or nothing.  Should be the Republican motto.

Jeff Crouere, Town Hall:  "Trump Still Standing Despite Media Onslaught"

Republicans are actually proud of the fact that their party, which is the only thing that can do anything about Trump, is just as corrupt as he is.  And what are you going to do about it, huh, buddy?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "The State Department Has Released Huma Abedin’s Emails From Anthony Weiner’s Laptop"

No phony scandal will ever be allowed to die.  Katie fails to uncover a single thing in these e-mails, most of which were already public, that does anything to support their lies about Hillary, but who cares?  She sure doesn't.

Avner Zarmi, PJ Media:  "Why Are Accused Sexual Harassers Overwhelmingly on the Left?"

Because right wing women get beaten harder if they fight back?  Avner's claim is, of course, a lie, but I'm sure I hardly needed to mention that.

Raymond Ibrahim, PJ Media:  "Media Is Still Portraying Islamic Terrorists as ‘Aggrieved’ Victims"

I won't bother to deal with this in detail, as we all know it's a lie.  Of course, let's not forget that the wingnut media regularly portrays Christian terrorists like the Bundys as not only victims but as heroes.

And how about some right wing "humor," to break things up here?

Man, they are a funny bunch.  Another taste?
It's hard to understand why these guys don't get more jobs writing sitcoms, huh?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Trump Crushes Obama in First Year Debt Totals"

Jim forgets that Obama got left an economy by the Republicans, that was on the edge of depression with 800,000 job losses a month, while Obama left Trump 75 straight months of job growth, a stock market that had tripled in value and a deficit reduced by 2/3rds.  I guess that just slipped his mind.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "This is Serious=> Fired FBI Director Comey’s Criminal Actions Could Put Him in Prison"

The lies...they burn...Oh well, at least Comey is doing better than the Podesta brothers:

Before it's News:  "Podesta Brothers Arrested, Tony Podesta Is in Gitmo"

Bet you missed that news too, huh?  Of course, that is just the beginning:

"How about all those involved with the Clinton Foundation or Podesta Group, Uranium One, Russia, campaign financing schemes, election rigging, corrupt FBI/CIA, Obama’s ATF gun running to terrorists via the Mexican Cartel, pedophile rings around the world….and the icing on-the-cake, the attempted coup to assassinate President Trump?"

AND the shortage of Christmas trees this year!  I didn't notice any shortage of Happy Holidays trees, or Chanukah bushes, or Ramadan weeds.  The war on Christians continues!

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Suspected Leaker Adam Schiff Triggered After Trump Says He Has “Absolute Right” To Do What He Wants With the Justice Department"

Forget about the bullshit "suspected leaker" part- man, they are getting some use out of that word "triggered," which apparently occurs whenever a decent human being feels any emotion at all about the corruption, treason and criminality of the Trump administration.

Lucian Windrich, Gateway Pundit:  "Daily Mail Calls Gateway Pundit “Extremist” News Source"

How utterly preposterous of them.  What sane person would ever call Gateway Pundit a "news source?"

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "Are Christmas and Jesus "fake news"?"

I'll tell you what's fake news:  Jesus cared about homosexuality, evolution and abortion, while not giving a damn about the poor, the sick or the strangers among us.  That's fake news.  Deal with it, assholes.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Thanking Trump has gone viral"

If by that, Joseph, you mean that thanking Trump is a disease, I agree with you.

Ed Straker, American Thinker:  "Does anyone who applies for asylum truly need it anymore?"

Fuck those furriners. 

"Once upon a time, people who applied for asylum in America came from communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe or the Soviet Union and often had legitimate reasons for fleeing...Unfortunately, asylum means something very different today."

See, it used to be that right wingers could use asylum seekers as pawns in their great crusade against Communism. Now that asylum seekers are mainly fleeing right wing dictators and religious fanatics just like the wingnuts, it's time to put a boot in their faces.


She beat Ivanka!  At this rate, by next year she will beat Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Ann Coulter!  What a woman!  Wouldn't it be a little more impressive if she could beat a Democratic woman?

James Delingpole, Breitbart:  "30 Trillion Reasons Why the Green Blob Must Die in 2018"

Oh God, no, is he talking about Green Eagle?  At last count, Green Eagle could only come up with a few hundred million reasons why he should disappear...oh wait, thank heaven, he was talking about killing off all the people that believe in global warming, so everyone else can get about the business of destroying all life on earth without having to be distracted by those liberal naysayers who think that isn't a good idea.

John Xenakis, Breitbart:  "World View: With Islamic State Collapsing, U.S. Forces Will Remain in Syria to Restore ‘Normalcy’

"Normalcy," which is, apparently, life under a brutal dictator who has already precipitated the deaths of half a million people and who is in league with Vladimir Putin.  Of course, nothing wrong with that, right?

And now, a picture of a piece of clothing for sale today at Breitbart:

Just their sort of thing, I guess.  Just put a Confederate flag patch on that, and it will be perfect.

Newsmax:  "Viagra Obsolete: New Replacement Cheaper Safer Faster"

Just in case you wonder what kind of people read these wingnut sites.

Your News Wire:  "Millions Of Iranians Reject Deep State Amid Mass Uprising"

Millions of Iranians, rising up against a fantasy cooked up by the Republican party!  Man, they're more pathetic than Americans.

And if you are still confused about the relationship between these sites and the truth, try this one:

Your News Wire:  "Science Proves Bald Men Are ‘More Attractive To Women’

Right.  And toads are even more attractive to women than men.  Right wing men,anyway.

Baxter Dmitry, Your News Wire:  "3 Attorneys Found Dead In Wasserman Schultz Florida District In 2 Weeks"

No sign that any of them had a thing to do with Debbie.  Still, probably the safe thing to do to throw her in prison before she kills again.

And now, let's go out with a couple of posts from Before It's News, my favorite source of late, as it perfectly predicts what every wingnut will believe absolutely by a year from now:

Before It's News:  "Hillary Ran Terrorists!  Hillary’s emails contained emails to terror cells in Yemen!   These CIA terror cells are now being destroyed by Trump!"

CIA Terror cells!  The Secretary of State communicated with CIA stations in Yemen, which will henceforth be referred to as terror cells!  That proves that she deserves to be thrown in prison!  This same article, by the way, claims that James Comey has been arrested.  Funny that hasn't broken its way into the rest of the media.

Before It's News:  "Luciferians Preparing for Their Alien Savior...The luciferian Deep State prepares for their 70 years in the making trillions of dollars funneled to the Black Budget Program through corporations such as NASA and the UN, all to manifest secret amazing technology and stage their counterfeit second coming alien savior."

Trillions of dollars!  Funny that the guys at Before It's News don't seem to care about the trillions of dollars that Republicans stole from the American people right out in the open.  And if you need any more proof of all this, here is a picture of Pope Francis leading this abominable plot:

Can't doubt photographic evidence now, can you? I guess that's enough to convince anyone.

And let's just finish on this undoubted bit of absolute truth:

Before It's News:  "Dead Sea Scrolls Show Sanhedrin Executed Jesus As An ET Disclosure Activist...Is the Israel the faction behind the national security guardianship of the Dead Sea Scrolls in fear of being exposed by the ETs with the return of Jesus, who is an ET!"
 Jesus?  Who knows for sure?

And you know the worst part of all of this?  What I am showing you is not the really crazy stuff.  That is all in videos which I am not about to transcribe by hand; most wingnuts are only barely literate, so they get their information from endless crazy and hateful videos which exist all over the internet, if you care to look for them.  Maybe some day I'll do a Wingnut Wrapup of those- that will really put you off my blog.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Press...Still At It After All These Years

Here are some excerpts from a study of media attitudes in the last Presidential election, produced by Harvard*, which is a perfect example of the refusal of liberals to state the obvious truth.  Sorry to beat away again at this subject, but it is killing the country.

"the majority of mainstream media coverage...largely followed Donald Trump’s agenda: when reporting on Hillary Clinton, coverage primarily focused on the various scandals related to the Clinton Foundation and emails. When focused on Trump, major substantive issues, primarily immigration, were prominent. Indeed, immigration emerged as a central issue in the campaign and served as a defining issue for the Trump campaign."

Do I need to say that both the Republican stories of Clinton "scandals" and the allegedly "substantive issues" of the Trump campaign were all a pack of right wing lies?  Here is how that comment should have read, in a fair world:

"the majority of mainstream media coverage was devoted to broacasting Republican lies and smears, rather than attempting in any way to discuss the real issues."

Better?  I think so. Unless you define the word "better" as meaning anything, true or false, that will keep Republicans in power.

"We find that the structure and composition of media on the right and left are quite different. The leading media on the right and left are rooted in different traditions and journalistic practices. On the conservative side, more attention was paid to pro-Trump, highly partisan media outlets. On the liberal side, by contrast, the center of gravity was made up largely of long-standing media organizations steeped in the traditions and practices of objective journalism."

Once again, the simple truth is deliberately obscured in a blizzard of pseudointellectual babble.  That truth being that, in almost all cases, the "left wing media" tries to tell the truth, while the "right wing media" is a pack of liars paid by rich sociopaths to vomit out propaganda.  Apparently, the American people don't deserve to be told the truth, however, because even supposedly left wing organizations like the New York Times have done everything possible to see to it that right wing monsters like Trump are treated favorably, while the lies about people like Hillary Clinton are shoved down our throats every single day.

"Donald Trump succeeded in shaping the election agenda. Coverage of Trump overwhelmingly outperformed coverage of Clinton. Clinton’s coverage was focused on scandals, while Trump’s coverage focused on his core issues."

This is presented, idiotically, as some extremely clever strategy of Trump's, rather than what it really was: the press, which thanks to Reagan deregulation, is overwhelmingly owned by rich Republicans, deliberately did everything it could to see to it that the Republican won, as it does in every single election this country ever has, no matter how grotesquely unsuitable for public responsibility they may be (recent case in point, one Roy Moore.)  The media were not Trump's dupes, they were his collaborators; and until that truth is openly acknowledged, no progress toward fixing the problem can be made.

And if I haven't been clear enough, this means taking media outlets away from the hateful rich people who are misusing them to lie the American people into cutting their own throats, and severely punishing people who use the media to spread lies intended to reduce this country to an oligarchic dictatorship.  And don't come back at me with any arguments about freedom of speech; I know all of that, but none of it changes the fact that if we don't find a way to accomplish this, we are all doomed.  Let's not forget the famous words of Justice Robert H. Jackson in a now-legendary Supreme Court decision:

"This Court has gone far toward accepting the doctrine that civil liberty means the removal of all restraints from these crowds and that all local attempts to maintain order are impairments of the liberty of the citizen. The choice is not between order and liberty. It is between liberty with order and anarchy without either. There is danger that, if the Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."

And that is what the First Amendment has become in the hands of the Republican party: a suicide pact.

Leading me to about the ten millionth repetition of Green Eagle's First Law:  Democrats could crush the Republican party out of existence without hardly trying; what they cannot do is beat the Republicans and the press working together.

A lot of Democrats are extremely excited over a couple of Democratic electoral victories, and polls showing generic Democrats running far ahead of Republicans in the 2018 election.  God, it takes a supreme act of will to forget the past forty years and realize that the billions of dollars spent by rich sociopaths in the three months before the election to lie about both Republicans and Democrats is going to totally erase that advantage, and we will in all probability be stuck right were we are today: on the road to hell.

And a little update:  Today, Daily Kos had this to say:

"In a colossal media failure perhaps exceeded only by the Iraq war and the election of Donald Trump itself, the GOP swept to power in 2010 despite misleading the nation on almost every major campaign issue of consequence."

None of these was a "media failure," no matter how much you miserable people try to hide from the truth. They were among their greatest successes, since electing Republicans regardless of the facts is what they exist for.  How can decent people ever expect to take power back from these evil monsters when even the supposedly most liberal sources won't admit a truth as obvious as that?

*Shows what they know at Harvard, or at least what they will admit in public.  For the record, I was led to this study by an article at Daily Kos, which was barely more forthright than the wording of this study.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Year End Thanks

My output of posts has decreased markedly the last year.  As I have mentioned, this is largely because I try to say things that are not what everyone else is saying, and the evils of the last year have been so blatant that you have to be massively adept at lying to yourself not to see what is going on.  At least I can take whatever satisfaction comes from seeing other voices, one by one, making the case that I have tried to make for many years.

Nevertheless, I want to thank those of my readers who have stuck with me during these bleak days.  I really appreciate it.

I am afraid that, in the coming year or two, when the inevitable results of Republican tampering with the economy and foreign affairs begin to present themselves, there will be lots more to say that most people will just be afraid to state openly.  At that point, Green Eagle will undoubtedly be there, for whatever good it does.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Harry and Barry and Trump

So the "news" today is filled with speculation about how Prince Harry is going to deal with his totally understandable desire to have Barack Obama at his wedding, while excluding the narcissist maniac Trump.  Here is what I think will happen.  On his own initiative, Obama will decide that he and Michelle cannot attend the wedding, while at the same time Prince Harry will announce a visit of the Obamas to England and to Harry and Meghan to take place in the very near future.  We know that this is the way Obama, who will always avoid a confrontation when it serves no purpose but to agitate the wingnuts, would handle things, and it enables the wedding to take place with what every sane person would want: a wedding without the presence of one of the most malignant people in the world.

Me personally, I would invite the Obamas and the Clintons, and Colin Kaepernick too.  But then, if you haven't noticed, Green Eagle is not the head of any countries, and this is one of the reasons why.  He actually believes in the Communist notion that you have the right to invite whomever you want to your wedding, without some gigantic jackass causing an international incident over it and spending years putting out mean tweets about you.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

And He Makes His Annual Appearance at Green Eagle

What would the season be without a visit from old uncle Cthulhu?  I mean, even Cthulhu deserves a day off at the end of the year, and particularly this time around, when his monstrous plans aren't even as bad as the ones currently being brought to us by our own government. 

Cthulhu is planning on being out in the streets immediately if Trump tries to fire Mueller, and so is Green Eagle and all his friends.  I hope you will be too.  You can find the location of an event near you here.  If you run into someone green at your event, you will know it is one of the two of us, Green Eagle or Cthulhu.  Green Eagle is the one with the feathers, Cthulhu is the one with the tentacles.  If it's Cthulhu, try not to stand in the same place for too long; Cthulhu gets hungry later in the afternoon.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Roy Moore Sinks Further

The Alabama Attorney General has declared that it is now mathematically impossible for Roy Moore to win the Alabama Senate race, but Moore, who is still refusing to concede, hasn't finished sinking further into the moral cesspool where he has lived for decades.  Today, Moore placed the following on his website:
Moore stooped to an evil attack on the son of the man who beat him.  Needless to say, this act could not help Moore in any way, but it did serve as an outlet for Moore's hateful, vindictive character, and leave us with one more reason why even the lunatic voters in Alabama could not stomach him representing them in the Senate. 

And please remember that my comments are not directed merely at Moore, but at a political party that has degenerated to the point where characters like Moore are considered perfectly acceptable leaders.  The country dodged a bullet when Moore was, hopefully, sent into oblivion, but unfortunately it is just one in a hail of bullets being directed at the American people by the Republican party.

Note:  This abomination has now, apparently, been taken down from Moore's website, but here it is, preserved apparently by The Advocate, and making its way here courtesy of Think Progress.

The Biggest Theft

So, the Senate has now passed the Republican "tax reform" bill along a strict party line vote, with every single Republican voting for it (except for John McCain, who was hiding under a rock somewhere, too cowardly to vote one way or the other) and every single Democrat voting against it.  In the House, all but 13 Republicans voted for it, while again, every single Democrat voted against it.

Let me make clear what just about everyone else is apparently too afraid or dazed to say:  This six trillion dollar bill represents the largest theft in the history of the world. 

Any Berniebots or Jill Stein suckers out there still want to spin their yarn about how both parties are the same?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Green Eagle's Culture Corner

Green Eagle, crass bird that he is, just realized how long it's been since he took a few minutes to bring you the best in American art.  Well, it's Christmas time, and what better time to be uplifted by the work of a great artist.

The last time Green Eagle thought to do this, was to bring you the magnificent art of one Jon McNaughton, who you may remember from such wonders as the following painting, featuring Barack Obama crushing the Constitution with his foot, while George Washington seems to be busy trying to catch his cat:
Beautiful, and so uplifting.

But apparently, according to Before It's News, McNaughton has been superseded:

"David Dees… The Most Important Artist Of Our Time...David woke up to the matrix and decided to use his talents to free humanity one image at a time… and thank God for that… imagine how his talent could have been used against us had he sold out.  David Dees has had the courage to take on the controling elite and their New World Order program of world domination and expose it like no one else has."

Boy, after that, I am sure you are hungering to see this Michelangelo-esque work, and who is Green Eagle to disappoint you.  Let's take a look, shall we?

Ah, the Rothschilds, and (apparently) their little dog too.  Not quite sure what the dinosaurs are up to, but I'm sure it isn't good.

Working on climate change- just like shooting giant bolts of red lightning into your brain- how meaningful it all is now.

And vaccines, of course.  What would lunatic conspiracy mania be without that?   And let's just finish things off with this one:

Get the subtle message?  Obama is a secret Jew, because you have to look really closely at his tie to see the Jewish stars, unlike Joe Lieberman, whose Jewish star is really obvious.

And there it is, a very representative selection of works from The Most Important Artist Of Our Time!  Well, at least the writer didn't have the nerve to pass this pathetic jerk off as the best artist of our time, since he paints like a cheesy illustrator for a pulp magazine.  But (and believe me, I could show you plenty more) he doesn't miss a beat in the area of lying hatred, which makes him so important.

Well, Green Eagle hopes that this excursion into the world of Fine Art has been a pleasant interlude to all of you.  Now, back to the evil attempts to destroy our country by removing a traitor from the White House before he can give the whole thing away to a foreign dictator.  Sheesh, at this point, it almost seems like a relief.

And a Little More:  I just stumbled across this painting today at Hullabaloo.  I'm just wondering if it was done by the same guy.  What do you think?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup- You and the Horse You Rode In On Edition

And for the record, a collection of the excuses and whining from the right after their beloved child molesting criminal and bad horse rider Roy Moore lost his Senatorial race in Alabama (!) where Reinhard Heydrich could have won if he had been against abortion.  Really, pretty much exactly what you would expect, but here it is:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "GAME OVER: Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama; UPDATE: DRUDGE Says Luther Strange Would Have Won In A Landslide"

So would have George Washington, or since this is Alabama, the dug-up corpse of Lester Maddox.  Too bad the Republicans didn't run one of them instead of a child raping right wing racist.  But I guess Moore was their choice.

Brad Slager, Red State:  "Wolf Blitzer and CNN Throw a Rave for the Doug Jones Victory"

So did every decent person in the country, Brad.  With you guys in charge, decent people don't get much chance to be happy.

Jon Street, Red State:  "Roy Moore’s Loss Is a Win For Republicans"

Keep telling yourself that, Jon.

Bill Mitchell:  "Ok guys, strangest election I've ever seen. Roy Moore had leads of 12 and 8 points wiped out almost instantly. Huge chucks of uncontested votes coming in for Jones as he outvoted Moore by 70,000 votes in the final 35%. Very sketchy action in a red state."

Very sketchy.  Right, Bill. That's not the way the vote went as far as I saw on Tuesday night, but maybe you were counting the absentee ballots just discovered in a box from Nazi Germany.

Raru, Red State:  "Alabama just voted for an evil pro-abortion-on-demand nutcase. The Republican party is now dead."

Well, let's hope the last half of that is true, anyway.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ALABAMA ELECTION RESULTS: Judge Roy Moore Against “Lynch Mob Media”

And here's the results:  Roy Moore 650,436, Lynch mob media 0.  Roy Moore Wins in Incredible Landslide!!!!!!!!  Oh wait, Roy Moore wasn't running against the lynch mob media, he was running against Doug Jones.  Sorry, Roy lost. Someone tell Jim, so he can move on to his next lie.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "GOP Spent $500,000 to Defeat Roy Moore"

See, the Democrats didn't win, the Republicans won!  I knew that had to be the story.  Everything is good news for Republicans, even having their own loathsome candidate defeated in the most Republican State in the country.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Democrats, Smear Merchants, Liberal Media, GOPe, Mitch McConnell, Sen. Shelby, FINALLY Get a Win! Doug Jones Wins Alabama"

You know what, Jim? Everybody in America got a win when Roy Moore lost.  Deal with it.

And the usual from the Gateway Pundit comment section:

"Vote fraud is the ONLY way for the corrupt establishment to cheat Moore. Period." 
"They have to see how many votes they need to add in at the end to win it for Jones." 
"OANN called it (for Moore) because they are using honest numbers. They didn't account for this kind of fraud. There is no doubt this is what the democrats are doing." 
"NO doubt the Dems cheated. I bet we find out that folks from Mississippi voted, that dead people voted and that thousands of Roy Moore votes weren't even counted - Democrats cheat at everything they do." 
"Congratulations Judge Moore!  Now strap on your armor and head north to kick McConnell’s teeth in."

Just be sure not to fall off your horse on the way.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Al Franken lost big in the Alabama Senate race"

And here I didn't even know he was running.

Charlie Sperling, Breitbart:  "Donald Trump: ‘Deck Was Stacked’ Against Roy Moore"

Yeah, the deck was stacked by Moore being a racist child molester who believes in slavery and taking the vote away from women.  How unfair.

Donald Trump: "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right!"

Because, see, Trump is always right, even though he also supported and campaigned for Roy Moore, whose views are almost identical to Trump's, including his views about his right to abuse women.

Breitbart:  "Doug Jones is overwhelmed on his 25th wedding anniversary. He thanks the African-American community that delivered for him. He says “Happy Hanukkah” to all of his Jewish friends."

Dog whistle loud enough for you?

 Mwa-ha-ha!!  And here's one now, outside the Roy Moore campaign headquarters.

And here I thought it was the voters who flipped the seat to the Dems.  Sorry, I should follow politics more closely.

Amber Randall, Daily Caller:  "Black Women Overwhelmingly Voted For Doug Jones"

No shit, Sherlock.  Wonder why that happened.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Anatomy of a Stunner: How Roy Moore Lost an Unlosable Race in Alabama... the number one reason Doug Jones will be a US Senator -- hands down -- is that many traditional Republican voters either wrote in a candidate, crossed over for Jones, or (and this was the big one) sat at home"

Shocking!  Translation:  Moore Lost because less people voted for him than for the Democrat!  Who would have ever figured that one out without the assistance of the wingnut media?

Star Parker, Town Hall:  "Let's Liberate Blacks From Left-Wing Politics"

Yeah, let's liberate Blacks from all politics, or else they are going to vote for Democrats, because Republicans are a pack of hate filled racists.  Star Parker is Black herself, but that doesn't stop her from being liberated from common decency.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "11 Things Every Real Conservative Should Ask On A First Date"

You mean, like, "Aren't you a little old to be dating a 14 year old?"

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "Why I Secretly Wanted Moore To Lose: Brooks 2020!"


"Reverend" Mark H. Creech:  "The real motive behind the opposition to Judge Roy Moore...This is really why the left hates Moore and will do whatever it takes to diminish or discredit him. He's an affront to the new guard – the new morality meant to supplant biblical values."

Biblical values like hatred, racism and greed.  Man, I am so sick of these Evangelical perverts pushing their sick "religion" on us.  80 percent of white voters who self-identified as born-again or evangelical Christians voted for this corrupt pervert...76 percent of everyone else ― those who didn’t identify as white evangelical Christian ― voted for Jones.  If you need a perfect example of why we want to supplant Evangelical "values," there it is.

And let's just finish with this spectacular specimen of not-at-all-fake-news:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "(Moore) took a swipe at the media for their coverage of his campaign. Moore was bombarded with stories about improper sexual conduct with multiple women. These incident occurred when the accused were teenagers."

Well, slap me upside the head!  And here, I thought "the accused," (i.e. Roy Moore himself) was in his thirties, and the victims were teenagers!  How could I have let myself be so deluded by the lying press?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Don't Get It

Well, I was clearly dead wrong about the Alabama election.  I have to say, I don't get it; this was an absolute must win for the Republicans.  Alabama is one of the most Republican States in the country- if Dems can win there, they can win anywhere, and we all know it.  After the recent string of Democratic victories in other State elections, this represents a blast of momentum going into next year's election that the Republicans should find terrifying.  Republicans have always counted on leaving so many liberal voters so discouraged that they just don't vote because they think the system is so rigged against them that it is useless.  Well, they know that isn't true any more, and I think you are going to see people turning out all over the country because of this election that would have just stayed home otherwise.

And the Republicans know this perfectly well.  Of course, the Alabama voting commission hasn't certified the results yet, so who knows what dirty tricks the Republicans can still come up with, but right now, that looks like a long shot. 

I have to admit that I don't know what happened here.  Were they so sure that they had as much chance of losing an election in Alabama as Putin would of losing in Moscow, so they didn't really do a good enough job of preparing the cheating?  We may never know the answer to this question, but Roy Moore's loss here could end up being a gigantic turning point for the corrupt dominance that Republicans have exercised for so long; after all, money can buy a lot, but it still takes votes to win, and when a party reveals what a nauseating sinkhole of criminality it is, maybe even the Koch Brothers' money can't buy a ladder long enough to climb out of the hole.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Still Think Doug Jones Has a Chance to Beat Roy Moore?

Well, read this story:

"State Supreme Court stays order directing Alabama not to destroy voting records...

Digital ballot images are essentially digitized versions of the paper ballots Alabamians fill out in the voting booth. In Alabama, these digital images are destroyed once an election has passed, according to Duncan.

"People think that when they mark the ballots and they go into the machine that that's what counted," she said. "But it's not, the paper ballot is not what's counted. That ballot is scanned and they destroy [the ballots] after the election ... If there's ever an election challenge you need to have what was actually counted."

I have believed for some time that there is not a chance in hell that Doug Jones will be declared the winner in Alabama, no matter what the real outcome of the vote is.  The Republicans have experienced an unprecedented series of defeats in recent elections, and they absolutely have to stop the bleeding here and now, before it really takes on momentum.  They cannot let Roy Moore win, and this is true even disregarding the fact that they need his vote to pass their tax theft bill.  A victory in Alabama is the red line that Democrats cannot be allowed to cross, so the Republicans will do anything to prevent Jones from being declared the winner.  So the evidence of who voted and which way will be destroyed before you wake up tomorrow, and that will be that.  

Democracy, Republican style.  Good enough for you, buster.  Now move along  and shut up.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Something that just occurred to me yesterday:  You know how they say bullies are all cowards inside?  Well, here is the perfect example.
So, we know that this sick son of a bitch has been fomenting a war against North Korea for months, presumably because starting a war would be the biggest distraction possible when the irrefutable truth of his treason sinks in to the American people (if it ever does.)

Well, as I am sure you saw, a couple of weeks ago, North Korea launched a missile which is said to be capable of reaching Washington, DC.

Trump did not care a shred, of course, that if he started his war, hundreds of thousands of Koreans and Japanese citizens could die to provide a distraction from his crimes, but God forbid that there should be one thousandth of a percent chance that a missile might fall on him personally. Yes, folks, the Most Powerful Man On Earth has been beaten down and made to run for cover by a fat thirty year old punk with one of the most obsolescent armies on earth.

So all of a sudden it's all about how we have to have talks with North Korea, and the attention of the White House has totally turned to fomenting violence in the Middle East, where there are also millions of people who can be killed without Trump caring a bit.  And let's face it, the Palestinians, who have managed to fire ten thousand missiles at Israel without hitting a thing, are unlikely to be able to target the White House or Mar a Lago.  So here is our new enemy!

"Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia."-George Orwell, 1984

It would be pathetic if it weren't likely to kill a couple of million people in order to protect one loathsome criminal from the consequences of his actions.

A little note:  I haven't been posting much lately.  Partly that is because of work, but mainly because of something I have said before:  I like to try to say something that everybody else isn't saying too.  And the crimes of the Republicans are so blatant these days that there is no shortage of people talking about them.  Anyway, this post is an exception, because I haven't heard anyone suggest this line of thought yet.  I'm still here when I think I have something to add to the conversation.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Low Class

"Trump Says Owning Pets Is ‘Low-Class’

I hear Trump is planning on a trip to England soon.  I would love to hear him explain that theory to this lady:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dead to Me

Kirsten Gillibrand, Mazie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, Maggie Hassan, Kamala Harris, Patty Murray, Tammy Baldwin, Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, Joe Donnelly, Debbie Stabenow, Heidi Heitkamp, and Ed Markey.

What do these people have in common?  They are all wasting the public's time and what little power the Democrats have left in trying to destroy Al Franken over the most minor abuses, while the Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump openly work to turn this country into a fascist dictatorship.  Apparently, whether Franken touched some woman's butt is more important than the destruction of everything that it was supposed to mean to be an American.

How does this witch hunt do one thing to protect Americans from the greatest internal threat that has ever faced this country?  And how does proving, once again, that they will collapse in the face of even a half-hearted display of Republican outrage, show that they have the strength of character necessary to stand up to the Republicans?

I am particularly saddened to see Sherrod Brown, who I have supported so strongly over the years, on this list, but there he is.

I don't want to hear one word out of these people until they show that they have the minimal intelligence necessary to separate the real threats to this country from a pack of Republican baiting.  Democrats who will cave in as soon as the Republicans start howling are pretty much no better than the Republicans themselves.  In fact, I don't think I have a shred of interest in them, no matter what they have done in the past.  They do not have the capacity to lead us out of the danger we are in.

No matter how malignant the Republicans are, I never gave up hope.  At least until this.  Now, I think I do have no hope.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

McCain Does the Inevitable

The same behavior which the Maverick has engaged in for decades, while the press carefully averts its eyes- talk a great game in front of adoring "reporters," collect all the honors for what a noble, free thinking man he is, and then in the end vote with all the other pig Republicans to pass their corrupt, hateful legislation.  And here he is again, on board with the unbelievably monstrous Republican tax theft.

But really, why not?  He'll be dead before the depression that this bill is going to cause actually happens, so what does he care?  Well, thanks a lot, John, for going out showing your true character.  Don't bother inviting us to the funeral- we can stop by later to spit on your grave.

Mount Agung At Last

So, whatever happened to the eruption of Mount Agung, which I reported on a couple of months ago.  It looked like despite predictions, the residents of Bali had dodged a bullet and things had returned to normal.  Then, a few days ago, things changed:

This is already a fairly substantial eruption, and we have no idea what will happen next.  I'll keep watching over the next few days.

Melania's Christmas

Maybe I'm an idiot, but Melania, I love your Christmas decorations.  They're the best thing I've seen you do since you've been in the White House.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Roy Moore- The Other Side of the Story

I have read so much about Roy Moore lately, and there is no question that he is one of the lowest people you will ever come across.  And yet none of his loathsome acts over the years seems to be deterring any significant number of Republicans in Alabama from voting for him.  It's pretty clear what that says about him and his supporters, but I want to take a minute to talk about why Alabama voters might be voting against his opponent, Doug Jones.

As we all know, Jones' most famous act, and the one that forms a centerpiece of his campaign, is when he won a conviction against several Ku Klux Klan members who burned down a church, killing four little black girls in the process. 

To any sane person, that was the act of a hero, particularly in a place like Alabama.  But I would like to suggest what I have not seen one single person have the temerity to mention:  To the kind of ugly, hate filled people who fill the voting rolls in Alabama, this act may be seen as a supreme betrayal of their race, and may in their minds be a reason to see that Jones never gains power in their State.  Yes, in my view, that is just how horrible the people of Alabama are: Moore's perpetual violation of the law, accompanied with the requisite religious blather, is actually a qualification for higher office, while Jones' act of courage and justice is an abominable betrayal.

Things may be at their worst in Alabama, but this sort of thinking has been carefully cultivated all over this country, and its effect is damning us all.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Headline Today

"Mugabe resigns under military pressure after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s leader"

I just wonder if we will be reading a similar headline about Donald Trump in another 36 years.

In the meantime, stories that don't deserve much coverage, I guess:

Trump collected $107 million for his inauguration, more than twice the amount ever collected before, even though it was run with a very small number of people.  Where is the rest of the money?  People are asking, but no one will tell.

Trump is planning to appoint a lawyer with a long history of working for vote suppression to run the 2020 census.

The FCC is set to do away with net neutrality rules as early as next week, allowing internet service providers to decide which sites they want to carry, and which they want to ban.

Fox News legal expert Jeannine Piro caught driving 119 miles an hour in a 65 mile zone.  She says that she was going to see her mother and didn't realize that she was driving over the speed limit.  If she had already seen her mother and was trying to get away, I might buy it.  I mean, how creepy would a woman have to be to produce a daughter like Jeannine Piro?

Trump administration to end humanitarian protections for 50,000 Haitians by July 2019.  Remember a couple of years ago when Republicans were savaging the Clinton foundation for going down to Haiti and trying to help out there, and not having much luck? Better to just let Haitians die, and I guess I don't have to explain the reasoning behind that choice.

A State Department “dissent” memo said Rex Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.  Can't make money from countries that we banned for the pathetic reason that they are making children fight in their armies.

An Alabama police chief accused Roy Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, of having sexually molested him when he was a minor.  The story was revealed within 24 hours to be a total, malignant lie, at which point, of course, the police chief claimed it was all a joke.  Well, don't worry, this Republican official got a 2 week suspension.  That's enough for something like this, right?

And all in one day in Republican America.  There will be this many sickening stories tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, and every day until being a Republican is a class A felony, or the country collapses.  I'm betting on the latter, but then, Green Eagle always was sort of a pessimist. 

Monday, November 20, 2017


So, Charlie Manson finally kicked the bucket.

Charlie had sort of loomed over us for most of our lives, an infamous, creepy, horrible and yet somehow attractive figure who etched himself permanently into American culture by acts he incited over two days in the sixties.

What has occurred to me in thinking about it is how Charlie, in a strange way, was a symbol of a much more innocent time.  These days, we have people in this country committing atrocities far worse that Charlie did, on a weekly basis, only for them to be virtually forgotten about as the next monster heaves into view.  The Las Vegas shooter, the Texas Church shooting, the Northern California guy spraying fire at a random elementary school- all in the last month or so.  And we just move on, while Charlie managed to frighten us for forty years. 

Mass murder isn't what it used to be, and in this Republican age, when the dominant political party deliberately stokes the kind of rage and hatred that produces these acts, it has been debased from a monstrous act to just another in an endless string of quickly forgotten tragedies.  One more little price we pay for allowing rich people to run everything.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I know I more or less promised to cool it with the wingnuts, but they have reached such a climax of screeching lies lately, due to the simultaneous unraveling of Trump, Jeff Sessions and their poster boy, Roy Moore, that they are really on a tear these days.  I can't even begin to get to it all.  The following is too much for a sane society, but I am really only scratching the surface here.

Angry Patriot:  "Clinton Foundation Taxes Reveal Just How Little They Give To Charity"

The Clinton Foundation is a charity, dumbass.

"In its IRS filings, the Clinton Foundation paid out over $91 million, but only roughly $5 million of that actually went to charitable grants!"

The Clinton Foudation runs its own programs.  It doesn't pay other groups to do its work, except where it cannot provide the services; thus the $5 million paid to others.  Anyone with even the most superficial knowledge of the Clinton foundation knows this, including, I am sure, the anonymous writer of this smear.

Angry Patriot:  "JUST IN: Hillary Just Got Bad News From DOJ"

Ooh, that's scary:

"We have our hopes up that (new FBI director Christopher) Wray is going to see through any deception on Mueller’s part and see through this nonsensical investigation as smoothly as possible. Once that situation is out of the way, he can proceed to take them down once and for all. We suspect that when Clinton falls, the Democratic Party is going to fall behind her."

In other words, she didn't get bad news from the DOJ; they've got nothing.  They hope that their hateful wet dreams come true, but they do not have a shred of evidence that they will.  That's the "bad news" for Hillary: right wingers hate her.  Somehow, I think she didn't need any news from the DOJ to figure that out.

Angry Patriot, and its anonymous smear merchants, are new to me.  Let me just leave you with this incisive historical analysis from them:

"The big lie the Left is intent on hiding is that Hitler learned his most potent strategies–strategies that resulted in horrific events–from the Democrat Party of the United States. It was from the Democrats that Hitler learned how to create a progressive racial state. The Democrat legacy is one of racism, oppression, and violence!

... all the dictatorial systems that made up the Axis Powers, including Hitler’s Nazis and Mussolini’s fascists, were Progressives. Their ideologies were deeply rooted in Leftist Socialism."

There's lots more like this, but readers of Wingnut Wrapup have heard it all before.  No lie too big, no lie too small, and never will they take a shred of responsibility for the horrors that the right inevitably causes. 

And of all the reactions to the (inevitable) revelation that Alabama Republican (and Christian saint) Roy Moore is a pervert, it's going to be hard to top this one from Republican Representative Ed Henry of Hartselle, Alabama:

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion,”

A fourteen year old girl molested by a 32 year old Republican assistant district attorney...She is the guilty party who belongs in jail.  Of course.  Because Republican.

Steve Bannon:  "[Trump] is the least racist guy I’ve ever met."

Knowing, who you hang out with, Steve, I expect you are telling the truth, for once.

The Federalist:  "Media Covered Up Sexual Assault To Score Points For The Left"

So we can ignore anything that turns up about Roy Moore, or Donald Trump, for that matter.  The evidence of the coverup?

"if you want to talk about Senator Waitress Sandwich, who was the lion of the Senate, because much of the media here kept quiet about those things over the years, or Bill Clinton,” she said. “Two weeks ago NBC covered up the Weinstein thing"

"The Lion of the Senate," presumably being long dead Senator Teddy Kennedy, who was involved in the tragic traffic death of a girl 49 years ago, and which, whatever the circumstances, had nothing to do with sexual assault, and Bill Clinton, who had a consensual sexual relationship with an adult woman.  The press, egged on by Republican smear merchants, never let the Kennedy story die, and Clinton's affair became the centerpiece of the biggest news orgy in the history of the country.  Some coverup. 

And most importantly, please remember that the Federalist society, which is behind this smear and many others, is the organization that Donald Trump turns to for recommendations for whom to appoint to lifetime Federal judge positions.

T.K., News Politics:  "NATIONAL POLITICS Trump Gets A Message From Putin Following Horrific Mass Shooting At Texas Church"

What, "next time, make sure some of your enemies are in the church before the shooting starts?

And, could the lies get any more preposterous?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:  "Mueller Files 294 Sealed Indictments Against Elite Pedophile Ring Members...This is not dis-info, it is fact. Sealed indictments are verifiable public record. We don’t know whats in them yet, but you can see they are there and it’s sure as heck not normal, it’s unprecedented. There has never been this many at once . . . ever."

294!!!  Indictments!!!1!!!1!!!!  Pedophiles!!!    Believe that?  You really are a sucker.  Funny, not a single news source except Your News Wire, and White Supremacists and holocaust denier Hal Turner.  But just wait!  More to come, I guarantee you.  Right wingers in the year 2070 (if anyone is still alive) will still be hearing about this story, during recesses in the latest Benghazi hearings.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:  "Alt. Media Vindicated: Congress Holds Hearings On ‘Weather Manipulation’

Yeah, "hearings" conducted by three Republican climate lunatics in the Senate, led by king loon Lamar Smith.  Chemtrails!!!!  See my remark above about lies that never die. 

This is apparently based on a story from the "Activist Post," which posts articles like this one:

Chris Kanthan, Activist Post:  "Stop Saying, “Putin Invaded Ukraine and Annexed Crimea”

Stop!  STOP SAYING THAT!!!!!  Stop, I tell you!  Stop!  Now back to the elite pedophile ring!

Or how about this?

Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:  "Leaked Documents Reveal Israel Attempt To Capitalize On Hariri Resignation"

Israel tried to "capitalize" on events in an adjacent, barely functional country!  Way outside decency.  If you are Jewish.  And how did Israel do this?

"(A) cable said: “You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security.  “Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon”

Ha ha.  Would anyone disagree with that simple, obvious statement of plain facts?  But when you are Israeli, telling the truth is a treachery beyond measure.  They must all be Democrats over there, because the same is true for Democrats.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Total Losers: Yep, Anti-Trump Voters Just Threw A Nationwide Tantrum On Anniversary of 2016 Election"

A tantrum involving winning a bunch of off-year elections.  Voting is throwing a tantrum.  If you're a Democrat, anyway.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "ICYMI: You Can Probably Guess What ABC, CBS, and NBC Did When The Hillary-DNC Rigging Story Broke"

Reported that the story was just one more Republican lie?  No, they didn't do that, so they still have a long way to go before they are even close to doing their duty.

And now, how to lie in a cartoon:

The truth:  The VA routinely receives the highest quality ratings from its patients of any health provider in the country.  The one thing it is criticized for is wait times, which are one hundred percent the result of Republican funding cuts.  Of course, that's the Democrats' fault somehow, and serves as one more proof that the government fails at everything it does- if it's left to the Republicans.

Ariana Grossu, Town Hall:  "Sen. Cassidy Was Right: Most Planned Parenthood Businesses Are in Urban Areas"

The stupid crackers in rural areas stabbed themselves in the back again by doing away with the clinics that serve them.  But see, we all know that this whole story is code language for "Planned Parenthood only serves black people, so let's crush it."

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "First Question: Are Roy Moore's Accusers Credible?  Next Question: If So, Then What?"

Guy means, "Next Question:  How do we shout them down with more lies about Hillary?"

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Moore Fumbles Defense on Appearance with Hannity...Moore claimed to remember one of his accusers, but couldn't make up his mind whether he had dated her or not"

He didn't lie big enough.  What kind of Republican is he, anyway?

D. C. McAlister, Gateway Pundit:  "Even Roy Moore Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty"

I only bring this up to harangue you about one of my major pet peeves:  A person is PRESUMED innocent IN THE EYES OF THE LAW until found guilty.  That does not mean that they are innocent.  If they committed the crime, they are guilty, regardless of the outcome of any trial, or regardless of whether there is a trial at all.  We all know, for example, that O. J. killed his wife, no matter what was the outcome of his botched trial, and we all (if we are honest) know that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are war criminals who murdered a million people without a shred of justification, even though no one had the honesty and courage to hold them responsible.  Anyway, end of rant, and back to our regularly scheduled rant:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Alabama TV Station Can’t Find a Single Person Who Believes Vicious WaPo Hit Piece on Judge Roy Moore "

Alabama.  I rest my case.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Arrogant NeverTrump Hack Who Urged Christians to Abandon Trump Is Now Urging Christians to Abandon Roy Moore"

Go figure.  The guy who turned against Trump because he was a sexual predator, turned against Roy Moore for the same reason.  What the hell is he thinking?

Lucian Wintrich, Gateway Pundit:  "CHINA VISIT: President Trump Praised As “UNCLE TRUMP”

You know, like this uncle:


Because it's all bullshit?  That's my guess.

Norman Rogers, American Thinker:  "Tell a Big Lie and Keep Repeating It...Mother Nature is not cooperating with fake global warming science because the Earth has failed to warm for the last two decades."

Of course, we all know this is a malignant lie, but I thought you would like to see these two charts; first, one showing real global warming:

And one that is all over the right wing world, which is a complete phony:

One more demonstration of how utterly lost these people are, and how futile it is to try to discuss anything with them, or really do anything except remove them from the earth, or perhaps just the country, and send them to Somalia or Russia, where they belong.

Peter Coyne, Daily Reckoning:  "Is the president purposely tanking the U.S. dollar?  The greenback is down 7.5% since he took office — and the trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

But could that all be according to his plan?  That’s why by Jan. 1 2018, he is almost certain to give the U.S. dollar a much-needed “reboot”.

A reboot.  Well, he is already giving the dollar a boot, after it soared against the Euro under Obama (something that Peter forgot to mention.)  But it's all part of the seventy-eleven million dimension chess that Trump, the smartest man on earth, is so famous for.  So, Peter, you keep telling yourself that it's all part of the great cosmic plan.  Me, I'm checking out to listen to some Howling Wolf.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "EPIC! Roy Moore Attorney Calls CNN Host: ‘Don Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy’ 

Epic!  This is what passes for good news for Republicans these days.  Unless they are really happy to see their President kissing Vladimir Putin's ass, which a lot of them seem to be.

And if it is in a chart, it must be true, right?  Congressman Louie Gohmert once again demonstrates why he is the most insane person in Washington:

If you think you can make any sense of that, maybe you should get some counseling too.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "According to Jesus, not one valid accusation against Moore"

And this is a man who spends his whole life claiming to speak for God.  The sheer gall of it all is breathtaking.  And by the way, I don't think we need Jesus' opinion to know that it is wrong for a grown man to molest a 14 year old girl.  Call me crazy, but I think decent people can figure that out by themselves.  Here is Bryan's claim, in somewhat more detail:

"When it comes to sin, and suspicions of sin, the Master was quite clear. "Every charge," he said, every accusation of wrongdoing, must be "established by the evidence of two or three witnesses" (Matthew 18:16). In other words, if there is just one witness, that accusation cannot be considered a valid accusation, cannot be considered a fact..."

Of course, since most rapists do not invite people along to watch, that would pretty much put an end to all rape prosecutions, but is that what Jesus said?  No, it is not.  Here is the relevant passage of Matthew, from the New International Bible:

"15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector."

Jesus was saying not one damned thing about witnesses to the act, but merely about confronting the malefactor with multiple people to inform them that their behavior is unacceptable.  Well, so far, we have had several million people state that Roy Moore's behavior is repugnant.  Like all of these right wing Christians, getting their way even justifies mangling the word of their infallible God.  That's how much they really believe in the sanctity of Christianity when it stands in the way of their real religion, tax cuts. 

And how about some more from Renew America, which mangles the very concept of the word "dishonest:"

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Black Christian Conservative Republican Lloyd Marcus here. I call upon all my fellow Christians not to abandon our brother Roy Moore who is running for US Senate Alabama. Attacking Judge Moore's morality is a dirty leftist trick...Judge Moore is hated by Leftists and establishment Republicans because he is an outspoken character driven Christian conservative; a faithful courageous defender of our Constitution, principles and values which have made America great."

A character driven Christian conservative who is fine with raping children; a "defender of our Constitution" who was twice kicked off of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow that Constitution.  It's a dirty leftist trick to point that out: the dirtiest leftist trick of all; telling the truth.

Reverend Austin Miles, Renew America:  "Dems responsible for Texas church murders...communists and the Democratic Party are one and the same. We have Communists in virtually every area of the government of The United States. It strains credulity as to how they were able to get into those positions. Simple – now that you've wondered – they had inside help....from our own countrymen.  

It was known from the beginning that Communists saw Christians and the church as a foe they had to abolish since a Christian's mind cannot be enslaved. So in the beginning, Lennon and Stalin began closing churches to get them out of sight proclaiming that Christianity is the opium of the masses and this sabotages their usefulness to the Party."

Lennon and Stalin. 

I think that is all I have to say about the Reverend Austin Miles today.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Who wrote the Roy Moore dossier?  The so-called Trump Dossier, financed by the Hillary campaign and provided by the KGB through a former British intelligence agent, has fizzled out. It has been supplanted by the Moore Dossier, concocted by Washington Post reporters working for their billionaire owner, P.T Barnum-like Jeff Bezos. This variation of the ploy, with a new target, seems to have legs. Many Republicans and conservatives are falling for it.

But is there really any reason to believe the Moore Dossier has any more validity than the Trump Dossier?"

Well, leaving aside the fact that the "Trump Dossier" has so far proven to be true at every point that it could be tested, the reason I brought this up is to point out a common tactic of right wing smear merchants- to use Pavlovian techniques to cause certain words alone, shorn of any meaning, to stimulate rage in their followers: e-mails, Benghazi, swift boat, all re-purposed to drive wingnuts into a state of sputtering fury, even when they cannot speak two coherent sentences about what crimes these words are supposed to denote.  And now the use of this term, "dossier," to suggest that any reporting on the left is a partisan hit job, no matter how carefully researched.  We are up against a mindless vomiting forth of sourceless rage, which knows no truth, no bounds and no decency.  There is absolutely no way to meaningfully combat this by normal methods.  It would serve all of us well to consider what other means might be available to put this monster back in its cave.

Enough's enough.  Believe me, this sort of thing goes on and on; the wingnuts are really on a spasm of lies and smears these days, to try to shut up what is, at this point, the obvious disgusting corruption of everyone in their world.  Too bad we have to pay attention to this, but we do.

Monday, November 13, 2017

An Ignored Warning

I was reading a discussion at Crooks and Liars, and came across a reference to a comment made by William Tecumseh Sherman in 1860, which I had never seen before.  It was so prescient and to the point that I could not help but share some of it with you:

"...where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The Northern people not only greatly outnumber the whites at the South, but they are a mechanical people with manufactures of every kind, while you are only agriculturists--a sparse population covering a large extent of territory, and in all history no nation of mere agriculturists ever made successful war against a nation of mechanics. ...

"The North can make a steam-engine, locomotive or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical and determined people on earth--right at your doors. You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all els eyou are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with.

"At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, and shut out from the markets of Europe by blockade as you will be, your cause will begin to wane. ... if your people would but stop and think, they must see that in the end you will surely fail."

The Civil War is often referred to as the first modern war, and like all wars that have followed, excluding insurgencies, in the end, despite all of the heroism, all of the struggle and dying, the winner is the side with the most stuff.  In both World Wars, for example, the tide turned the minute the surrounded Germans began to run out of oil, steel, rubber and other commodities.  It is striking to see this general, so remembered now for his blitzkrieg-like tactics, actually stating before the conflict even began, that it all came down to supplies to continue the fight.  

Southerners were so blinded, however, by their fury that they engaged in this futile act of violence anyway, killing 600,000 people for nothing, or worse, in order to uselessly try to hang on to an age old abomination, because it was profitable to the rich among them.

You could tell the same story about Germany in World War II; we know that the top German generals all knew the war was unwinnable before it even started, but none of them could find the courage to do the right thing, when it could have been prevented.

The irrational rage of the right- the damage it has caused is almost incalculable.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Treason Still, And They Avert Their Eyes

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
-H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Merciful, perhaps, but also very dangerous.  It is of the greatest concern to me that even the most astute observers in our country do not seem to be able to admit to themselves the obvious conclusion about what is happening.

My case in point today comes from Daily Kos, although I want to make it clear that I am picking them not because they are worse than others, but because they are better.  Daily Kos is probably the most consistent internet source of correct information about what is going on in the United States today; yet even they cannot admit to themselves the extent of the deluge that is upon us.

Here are some excerpts from an article at the Daily Kos today:

"Foreign service officer warns of 'serious, immediate, and tangible' threat to U.S. world leadership... Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, the president of the American Foreign Service Association, is sounding the alarm:

"… there is simply no denying the warning signs that point to mounting threats to our institution—and to the global leadership that depends on us.  Why such a focus on slashing staffing at State? Why such a focus on decapitating leadership? How do these actions serve the stated agenda of making the State Department stronger?"

Kos' answer to this question?

"Because Donald Trump doesn’t value diplomacy or knowledge or expertise and he wants to make everything around him weaker in order to feel like he’s stronger."

I am incredulous that, even now, with all that has happened in the last year, that this is all written off as the product of a mental defect of Donald Trump's; incredulous because the real answer is so obvious.

Here is the real quid pro quo, the real treason, the real payoff to Vladimir Putin for putting Trump in office.  Here is the only thing that Putin really wanted from Trump: the destruction of the ability of the United States to lead, or even form a meaningful part of, any international effort to halt Putin's territorial aggrandizement and dictatorial intent.  Here is what all the "contacts" between Trump officials and Russians were about; what they were all for.  Here is the payoff that absolutely completes, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the mutual acts that add up to treason in the White House.

This is totally obvious, and yet even Daily Kos cannot face the truth enough to state it openly.  No one except meaningless voices in the wilderness like mine dares to speak out about what should be clear to the most casual observer.  The reasons for this may be multiple: lifetimes of being bombarded with jingoistic propaganda, fear of retaliation, inability to separate from the watered-down views of one's fellow journalists; but in the end it doesn't make a bit of difference why this is happening.  Until a critical mass of commenters are willing to state openly, and over and over again, that the Trump administration is daily guilty of the most massive crime against this country in its history, that Donald Trump is the most monstrous traitor this country has ever known, we cannot even begin to start moving toward a real solution to the devolution which Trump and his party have brought upon us.