Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Priorities in the Middle East

Reuters has the following to report today:

"NEW YORK - The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from the Obama administration's initial and public stance on Assad's fate.

The view of the Trump administration is also at odds with European powers, who insist Assad must step down."

Contrary to former US policy, and at odds with European powers...well, let me think now.  Isn't there someone out there that wants Assad to remain in power?  I just know his name will come to me any second now.

This is what treason in the White House looks like.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Today, Donald Trump hit 36% approval in the always Republican leaning Gallup poll.  I mention this, because this is lower than the lowest ever recorded by either Barack Obama or Bill Clinton, despite the multi-hundred-million dollar smear campaigns conducted against them for years.  And it only took him two months.

He's got a long way to go, however, before he hits the 25% approval rating recorded by George W. Bush, after he destroyed the American economy.  Well, give him a chance.  He's working on it.


Just to be clear about my comment about Gallup being Republican leaning.  Gallup, under its founder George Gallup Sr, was the first polling organization to really gain national prominence, and once had a reputation as highly reliable.  Unfortunately, when Gallup died, his company was inherited by his son, George Gallup Jr, who was a hard core right wing evangelical Christian, who made no secret about his intent to use the organization to advance his political/religious agenda.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Wall

A prediction:

Well, it is obvious that Trump cannot come up with the money to build his promised wall, nor is it even feasible to build it across large parts of the border with Mexico, as anyone who has been to, say, Big Bend National Park will know.  So, what to do, to avoid another gigantic humiliation?

Here is what I think will happen:  Trump will find enough money somewhere to start building the wall, and then actually build a few miles or a few dozen miles of it, which will be utterly useless, except for propaganda purposes.  The completion of the wall will then fall into the same hole as Obamacare repeal; always promised, but never happening.  His deluded followers will take his meaningless gesture as having fulfilled his promise, and the rest of us will just move on to his next abomination.  That's how he wins until we are sick of winning.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Real Story

Once again, the press, our politicians in both parties, and the American people are totally ignoring what is happening in Washington.

We all know the Republicans don't give a damn about health care, they only care about themselves and giving money to their rich backers.  So even though they have majorities in both houses of Congress, they couldn't enact a simple bill.  Why?  Well, I will tell you.

As I keep pointing out, there is only one person in this country with his finger on the impeachment button, and that is Paul Ryan, who is holding off for one reason and one reason only; until he can be sure he can take Mike Pence down with Trump, he can't make himself President, which is all this power mad, morally dead semi-human really cares about.  Well, it was worth it to Trump to see to it that Ryan has a humiliating failure, even if Trump had to have one himself.  After all, Trump has four years to recover from this, and he is such a deranged egomaniac that he can't even begin to believe that the American people will really let him be tossed out.  And if worst comes to worst, he is already planning a war with North Korea, during which he is confident that nobody will change administrations.  Ryan, on the other hand, could well be fatally crippled by this misstep, and lose his post.

It is portrayed as a miserable failure that the Republican crazy caucus voted against the health care bill after Trump personally went and talked to them.  This assumes, of course that he was trying to talk them into voting for the bill, rather than against it, on the assumption that his brain-dead followers will never desert him, but that the failure will materially damage Ryan.

We are all in the middle of a silent coup in this country, and it all depends on whether Ryan can tie Pence closely enough to Trump when he pulls the trigger on Trump's very deserved impeachment.  Meanwhile, the terminally self-absorbed Trump is fighting back with the same disregard for the welfare of the country that Ryan, and every other Republican has, as an essential part of their value system.  In the end, this is what is really going on, and the American people can only stand by helplessly, and wait to see what happens.

The Saddest Story Ever?

"Dear Abby: Friends are ignoring the loss of our cat"

Man, that's enough to make you cry.

Republicans Pull Obamacare Killer Bill

Until some time in the future.  My guess?  The middle  of the night on some three day weekend, or maybe during the Super Bowl if they can wait that long.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I've got a little work the next few weeks, so I had better get this out there, before it corrodes the insides of my computer.

Advice that won't help you, Donald:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Down To The Wire Trump Applies Pressure on Healthcare: Call Your Congressman"

My Congressman is Adam Schiff.  I don't know that calling him is going to help Trump too much.

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Liberals Prefer Illegal Aliens Over Your Kids"

But what if your kids are illegal aliens?  Derek argues:

"A few weeks ago in this space I asked a simple question: How many victims of illegal alien crime will be enough to make Democrats and the media care about illegal alien crime?"

On a similar note, how many years of 30,000+ gun deaths in this country will be enough to get Republicans to put "your kids" ahead of gun company profits?  Nah, forget it.  Profits are more important than kids.

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "What to Do About Obamacare and the Uninsurable? Free Markets and Charity!"

The buffoon.  Why did "free markets and charity" not do the job before Obamacare, after the Republicans had turned our nation's health care system into nothing but a source for corporate profits? This malicious jerk continues:

"Did the Founding Fathers, under Article I, Section 8, grant the federal government the power and duty to ensure "universal health care coverage"? The answer is no"

Well, except for that "promote the general welfare" thing, I guess.  and by the way, where in the Constitution did the founding fathers grant the Federal government the power to buy aircraft carriers? The founding fathers didn't have a thing to say about that.  So, anyway, who is going to cough up the two million dollars for your chemotherapy?

"The answer is charity."

Right.  That'll work.  And if it doesn't, panhandling should do the trick.

Patterico, Red State:  "Trump: Why Should I Apologize for Tying Ted Cruz’s Dad to Lee Harvey Oswald?"

Why should any Republican apologize for a malicious lie?  I mean, if they had to do that, they wouldn't have time for anything else except telling new lies.

Patrick Poole, PJ Media:  "Five Days, Two More 'Known Wolf' Terror Attacks, Little Concern From Government"

Five days, another 400 or so gun deaths in this country, little concern from the current government about that either.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Time to Investigate Obama, not Just Trump"

Of course it is.  Trump commits treason, time to scream out some more lies about Obama.

"In effect, Trump was wiretapped -- if not in the corny, old sense of the word, something very close."

And there's a new lie now!  He was not wiretapped in the "corny, old sense" of it being true, but he was wiretapped in  the Republican sense of "It's a lie, but what are you going to do about it, loser," so it's the same thing.

"Whether Barack Obama ordered the surveillance of Donald Trump during the transition is not the question."

Or even whether it even happened is not the question.  For Republicans, the only question is whether they can tell the lie and get away with it.  And with today's press, the odds are pretty good that they can.

And the Stupidest Man On The Internet has to weigh in too:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM=> House Intel Chair: We Cannot Rule Out That Sr. Obama Officials Were Involved in Trump Surveillance"

They can't rule out that fairies from neverland were involved, either.  They have, after all, just as much evidence for one theory as for the other one.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Massive Amount of Data on 47 HARD DRIVES from Whistle Blower Proves Obama and Crew Spied on Everyone"

Everyone!  They spied on everyone!  I guess that includes Green Eagle, and his Corgi dog.*  No wonder they never found the time to take all of our guns away.

Madeleine Crabbe, Renew America:  "Obedience to Christ is NOT an option!"

Well, except in regard to things like this, I guess:

"For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 

I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

That part is optional.  On the other had, obedience to Christ regarding abortion, pornography and homosexuality is NOT an option.  Christ, of course, only spoke about those things in the telepathic commands he beamed to his right wing "followers,"** but those were so much more important than his actual words, which were only spoken to Jews, and therefore, I guess, meaningless.

Jerry Newcomb, Renew America:  "Is socialism the source of Scandinavian happiness?"

No, from what I've heard, this is:

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "Homeland Security needed to stop violent Chicago gang looting terrorists"

And...I think we have a winner today in the "who can meaninglessly string the most scare words together" contest.  Congratulations, Kevin.  The competition is always tough for that award.

Curtis Dahlgren, Renew America:  "#LGBTQQXYZ#? (liberals, do not read this!)"

Okay. You've got a deal.

Dan Popp, Renew America:  "What if the government couldn't play church?"

Whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.  I have another question for you, Dan.  What if the government didn't pay churches to spread their hatred and fairy tales?  Here's a little more absurd nonsense form Dan:

"Imagine a United States in which all aid was given by individuals, families, churches, parachurch organizations and community groups.

No, people would not be "dying in the streets." That's a lie, and a stupid one, for all its longevity. It has simply never been the case that poverty, misery and death prevailed in the land until the religious heartstrings of government were stirred to create a "program" that finally ensured everyone's well-being. Garbage. Baloney. Horse manure. The reality is pretty much the opposite of that."

Yeah, sure.  Never read much Dickens, huh, Dan, or much Jacob Riis, or basically much of anything about what life was like for the working class in the nineteenth century, before government stepped in?  But we now have people cheering on a President who lies about Congressional hearings that are being broadcast on national TV at the very moment he is spewing out his falsehoods.  How can we expect the people who lap up that poison to care about what life was like before governments decided to do a tiny little bit to help ordinary people out?

And here it is in its most naked form:

Bob Unruh, Renew America:  "Nunes confirms: Obama admin spied on Trump transition team"

Not, "Nunes confirms: Wiretaps on Russian gangsters recorded dozens of their discussions with Trump administration officials. Funny thing, that."

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily:  "Sarah Palin urges Trump to dump 'tainted' top official"

AT LAST!  A Republican who is slightly worried about Vladimir Putin giving orders to the White House, even if it is Sarah Palin!

Oops, my bad.  That isn't what this is about at all:

"Sarah Palin, one of the earliest supporters of Donald Trump in his quest for the White House, is now urging the president to dump James Comey as director of the FBI.

The former Alaska governor claims Comey is “tainted” by his ties to the Clinton Foundation, and needs to be removed from the current administration."

Being a traitor in league with the Russians isn't a taint, it is just dandy.  Work for a charity started by the Clintons?  That does require you to be kicked out of the government, and probably go to prison too.

Ann Coulter, World Net Daily:  "On refugees: We have now hit full-on crazy"

Huh?  Listen, Ann, you hit full-on crazy sometime in the mid-1990's.  From here on out, it's only full-on senile for you.

Amber Randall, Daily Caller:  "North Dakota Church Owned By White Supremacist Burns Down...'Kind of sad'.

Really?  Kind of sad? The only sad part is that he wasn't inside it at the time.  Some more details?

"A fire burned down an entire Nome, N.D., church owned by a white supremacist Wednesday...Only the steeple of the Zion Lutheran Church remained from the fire"

Excuse me for asking, but if the steeple remained, then the entire church did not burn down, right? Or am I missing something here?

Bre Payton, The Federalist:  "Dear Liberals, Please Stop Virtue Signaling At Me With Your T-Shirts"

Yeah, sure, as soon as you stop trying to force your stupid religion down our throats.  Deal?

And now let's jump from the frying pan of lies right into the fire of out and out Republican psychosis:

Before It's News:  'Hillary in Deep Trouble: Trey Gowdy Had Fed Judge Order This Body Exhumed!"

And what could this be about?  VINCE FOSTER!  Yes, Republican lies never die.  So, let's just cut to the chase here:  Trey Gowdy, as crazy and evil as he is, and as given to misusing Congressional committee power for partisan witch hunts, absolutely did not order the exhumation of Vince Foster's body, as anyone could discover in thirty seconds on line.  In fact, only a proper authority of the jurisdiction where the body is buried (normally a local judge) can order an exhumation, not an out of control Congressman.

"Trey Gowdy wants to better his country. Simple as that...This man in amazing!"

Even for something that he didn't do.  Hooray, Trey!

And an addendum to the story:

"From what I am seeing online there are a lot of discussions regarding if this happened or not. "

It didn't.  Satisfied now, jackass?  Apparently not, or you would have apologized for telling this gigantic lie.

And finally, the truth comes out!

Before it's News:  "Only One Step Away from PizzaGate – Fox News Covering up Wiretap Scandal – Dumps Judge Napolitano...To review, the PizzaGate scandal has implicated Podesta, Clinton and several other notables. Opening up the wiretapping scandal could reveal what Obama was really looking for. It certainly wasn’t Republican campaign strategy, the election was over for part of the wiretapping and there was no reason to continue with the illegal activity. It has to be about what Trump knows, and more importantly, what Trump plans to do about PizzaGate."

PizzaGate!  That has to be it!  No human being on earth has enough capacity for ridicule to deal with that remark.

"the only thing that makes any sense to me is that Fox has a vested interest in not having PizzaGate surface with all of its ugly details."

The ONLY thing that makes sense.  It couldn't be that Fox fired this malignant jerk for lying about  Democrats, because we know that they would never do this, so the only thing that makes sense is that they are colluding with Hillary to cover up an imaginary child rape ring.

And in the "no lie is too old" category, consider this:

"Hillary isn’t just an alcoholic — she has Dementia and brain damage from Parkinson’s Disease. That’s why she always falls down." 

Following Hillary at this Scranton, PA event is Doctor Frankenstein — Hillary’s neurological doctor who jabs Hillary with drugs to keep her arms and legs moving."

Doctor Frankenstein?  Even Hillary could do better than that.

although apparently Donald Trump couldn't.

"It’s a mystery how Hillary Clinton makes public appearances while she’s under FBI investigation for spirit cooking and abuse of minors."

Spirit cooking?  Yeah, that would be some sort of bogus right wing claim that Democrats participate in Satanic rituals.  Something we really need to worry about, rather than wasting our time on Trump's treason.

And on another subject, let's just remember this fact, from an inspiring right wing graphic:

I'm sure you appreciated my bringing it to your attention.

And this story about the disgusting right wing pervert, Sheriff David Clarke:

Prissy Holly, Freedom Daily:  "But what many people don’t realize is that the sheriff used to be a former homicide detective with countless grizzly murder investigations under his belt."

Murders of large bears.  Man, he does have quite a resume.

* To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure about the Corgi dog.

** The Biblical version of tweets.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You Are Being Played, Democrats

Big Time.

James Comey!  The single American most responsible for the malignant lies that sunk Hillary's candidacy and put the Traitor Trump in the White House.

Have you heard him utter one word of apology for this monstrous act, or show one sign that he has suddenly discovered what a criminal abuse of power it was?

Now, all of a sudden, he stands in front of a Congressional committee and admits that the FBI has been investigating Trump's treason with Vladimir Putin for months, and he knew all about it, even when he was spreading hideous lies about Hillary.

Can you not see that this crooked son of a bitch is going to now let a few weeks go by and then announce that Trump did nothing wrong?

How can anyone stand still and let one of the chief malefactors in the Trump election theft be portrayed to the nation as a fair minded investigator of his own crimes?

We must have a truly independent inquiry into Trump's behavior, staffed with people who are determined to see to it that the American people hear the truth.  And there is virtually zero chance of that happening.  Welcome to the America that the Republican party has been building for half a century.

A Land Gone Mad

We know now that even the right wing FBI and all of our right wing intelligence services (because right wing is what they have always been) admit that the spies of a foreign dictator were major factors in the election of the man who criminally sits in the White House (well, except on the weekends, when we pay $3 million so he can play golf.)

Hey, so what?

In the entire history of this country, for almost two and a half centuries, if anything like this had happened, this man would be out of the White House and in jail by now, if he had not already faced execution.

But this time around?  Who cares?

We watched as Republicans shouted at the top of their voices about utterly made up crimes that Obama and Hillary had allegedly committed; which even if they had been real would have amounted to almost nothing compared to the high treason that Donald Trump has obviously, beyond the shadow of a doubt, committed.  We watched them demand impeachment and imprisonment over and over again.  Year after year, screams about Benghazi and e-mails, about how he was a Communist and a Muslim, and how she was eternally corrupt because she got paid to give a speech. And no one with a real voice would step forward to put a stop to this disgusting indecency.

The only real story in this country since the election of the criminal Reagan has been the abuse of this country's laws and standards by one party- the Republicans- to cheat and lie and bully their way into power.  Their entire account of history and reality has been nothing but a gigantic, savage distortion of reality, and no one thought it might be a good idea to stop them spreading it.

So, here is the result: a pathological liar, a corrupt criminal in his private life, and now in his use of his office to enrich his family, a traitor who is deliberately destroying our relationship with our allies, while doing anything that a certain foreign dictator wants, a sociopathic sadist who glories in his ability to inflict pain on people, and openly gloats that no one can stop him.  And he is our leader, because the Republican party decided that building a base of wretched, rage and greed filled, ignorant racists was the only way for the rich who are the Republicans' only real constituency to maintain control.

And it's all okay.  And when things go inevitably, disastrously wrong, as they did in the last Republican administration, we all know that the press will be right there to help them blame it on the Democrats.

Yesterday, while the Senate hearings that revealed just the briefest glimpse of Trump's treason went on, Trump himself was tweeting out lies about what was being said in front of the whole nation.  And today, one of CNN's paid political experts came on TV to declare several times that Trump was not lying at all, he was only speaking "Americanese," a language that only the real Americans out in the heartland could understand, not us Commie liberals.

I thought about that, and you know, he was right.  Trump's voters know exactly what he is saying; that it's party time now, time to take out their rage on the niggers and the spics, and the chinks and the kikes too.  That's a message that they can all get behind.  And who cares about a little treason, or even the inevitable depression and wars, when they come with a license to hate?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I feel the need to dedicate this Wingnut Wrapup to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who, as reported at Daily Kos, as well as elsewhere, had the decency to explain to all of us how the Trump administration thinks:

"We can't do that anymore. We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can't defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore."

We cannot defend feeding people who are too old and sick to work.

And as for meals for hungry school kids?

"They're supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There's no evidence they're actually doing that."

No evidence that feeding kids actually makes them less hungry?

"There's no evidence they're helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what -- when we took your money from you to say, we're going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that's helping."

Oh, I see now.  Who cares if children go hungry?  All that really counts is that they be prepared to "get jobs," i.e. serve a profit making purpose to their rich masters in later life.  And there is just no proof that letting them go hungry interferes with that.  In fact, it might make them even more willing to do what they are told, for a meal.

"Mulvaney says, the "compassionate" thing to do is for tax payers, to "go to them and say, look, we're not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore.  We're not going to do that anymore unless they can guarantee that money will be used in a proper function." That, he says, "is about as compassionate as you can get."

Feeding poor people is only compassionate if there is some proof that rich guys will be able to reap a profit from that otherwise idiotic idea.  Well, that is a sort of compassion, I guess.  Compassion for corporate CEO's who might not make a high enough salary if their employees actually expect to be fed.

Well, on we go, although what could top that?  Maybe this bit of interesting information:

"Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college keggers... Ryan bragged about how conservatives now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take health coverage away from the most vulnerable Americans...

“So Medicaid,” Ryan told (Rich) Lowry, “sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg."

I don't know about you, but I do remember going to college.  I do not remember sitting around getting drunk at a fraternity party and hugging myself with delight at the thought of taking health care away from millions of poor Americans.  There is just no end to the degenerate sickness of Republicans.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "President Trump Wants The Press To Decide Where He Donates His Salary"

Translation into English:  Just like he did with the money he collected for veterans last year, he promised to donate his salary to charity, but never had a shred of intention of doing that until he got caught pocketing the money.  Our moral leader in the White House.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Halperin: People Have Told Me That Trump's Win Was The Worst Event In Their Lives. Did They Forget 9/11?"

No, they didn't forget it.  9/11 did not succeed in turning the country into a fascist state, which Trump is well on his way to doing.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Five Ways The White House Plans to Sell Obamacare Repeal and Replace"

Lie, lie, lie and lie.  Oh wait a minute, is that only four?  I forgot just cramming it down our throats whether we like it or not, when the lies don't work.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "New Critique: House Dem Concerned that Trump Is a President Who Stays Up All Night"

I think the concern is that he is an out of control drug addict.  How about that, Cortney?

David Solway, PJ Media:  "The Trouble With Barry...If Obama won't go away, it's time to pursue prosecution."

See, if he speaks his mind, the answer is to throw him in prison.  Democracy, Republican style. Like this:
The proper method of handling those who disagree with you.
Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "End the Two-Tier Tax System for Health Care..Why health insurance is cheaper for them than for us."

Well, this is a new one.  What Charlie is talking about is destroying employer-paid health insurance.  That would force every American to negotiate with insurance companies on their own.  What do you think the result of that would be?  And I love Charlie, who lives on wingnut welfare, pretending that he is included in the ranks of the uninsured.

Sam Smith, PJ Media:  "Gunfire Erupts in Ferguson after New Michael Brown Footage Broadcast...Police cannot confirm the authenticity of the new video."

Listen, Sam, the fucking Ferguson police can't even confirm that their shoes are on the right foot.

Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "Radiation Reporters Go Bananas...Radiation reports sound scary until you have something for a comparison."

Like being eaten by a tiger?  This is a story about radioactive wild boars roaming around Fukushima.  I didn't hear anyone going bananas over this, but Conservatives have very sensitive hearing, at least when it comes to lies.

Christian Toto, PJ Media:  "5 Reasons a Senate Run by Arnold Schwarzenegger Won't End Well...Remember why we said "Hasta la vista" to the big guy?"

Actually, I suspect there is only one reason.  His occasional breakouts into sanity were enough to permanently alienate him from the Republican base.

Jim Hoft, Gatway Pundit:  "More Leftist Violence: Massachusetts Man Eggs Trump Tower"

LEFTIST VIOLENCE!!!!  Oh my God, how will we ever recover? A man threw an egg at a building! This story from the man recently granted a White House press pass by Donald Trump.  And a little more from Jim:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Sean Spicer Confronted by CRAZED LEFTIST LUNATIC at Apple Store, “Trump Is Fascist.. Criminal” 

See, daring to speak the truth to a Trump toady makes you a crazed lunatic.  And on we go:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Harvard Releases Guide to “Fake News” Sites — List Includes Essentially Every Major Conservative Site"

Gee, I wonder why that might be.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Why making socialism 'work' is utterly unacceptable"

Because making this a better country does absolutely nothing to enrich the Koch brothers and their ilk, and that is what government is really for, you rubes out there who vote Republican.  Deal with it, suckers.  Oh sure, the whole thing is going to collapse before too long, but by then, the people who really count will be living in Cap d'Antibes:

Now, isn't that worth the suffering and death of millions?

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "Recently, a friend sent an email in which he reminded me that great demonic forces are now attacking the Trump efforts to help our nation. I told him that I agree with him in every point he made."

And of course you do, Michael.  No one ever said you were sane.  Michael winds himself up into such a frenzy of incoherence, that he actually says this:

"Pointing out the immorality of something God declares is an abomination can never be described as – prejudice. It can only be described as political correctness, haven't we had enough of that for the last eight years?"

Wait- read that again.  Didn't he just say that we have had enough of "Pointing out the immorality of something God declares is an abomination..."  Well, whatever, buster.

Christopher Churchill, American Thinker:  "The Liberal Testament of Lies Says ‘Science Is Real’

How could they ever believe that?  Christopher shows a picture that he took of a yard sign:

And says:
"But really, this yard sign is a Testament of Lies. Everything on the sign is a lie; it is a list of bullying lies, non-negotiable demands that liberals want to ram down your throat."

All lies.  But most particularly:

"But the one that struck me was the sans-serif extra-bold condensed SCIENCE IS REAL.
No it’s not, liberals, and it just shows how little you know of science that you would think that."

God, I can't even get up the energy to make fun of that.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Lindsey Graham: We Should Just Let Obamacare Collapse If We Can't Get A Solid Fix Through Reconciliation"

Lindsey Graham, the nice Republican:  "Let's pretend that we care about sick people, but then when our most crazed Congressmen refuse to go along, we'll just dump the whole thing and blame Obama.

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America:  "Will Donald Trump let Paul Ryan make him a one-term president?"

The real question is whether Ryan will make Trump a four month President, in order to take the position for himself.

Steve McCann, American Thinker:  "The National Health Care Nightmare Ahead...Establishment Republicans have confirmed, through their unwillingness to even attempt to repeal Obamacare and begin reconstituting a free market system, that the Left has succeeded more quickly than they had anticipated"

The nightmare involved in not being able to kick 24 million people out of medical care, so rich Republicans can get another big tax cut.  I don't know how many people remember this, but when George W. Bush took office, the Onion ran an article with the headline "At last, the nation's long nightmare of peace and prosperity is over."  Man, were they right about that.  People ignored the disaster of letting five corrupt Supreme Court justices put a criminal tool in the White House; and what we are getting now is just chapter two of that.

Robert B. Sklaroff and Richard Baehr, American Thinker:  "How to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare ASAP...

One circuitous method to overcome them would necessitate the Vice President  overruling the parliamentarian regarding compliance with budget reconciliation-based constraints, so that TrumpCare could include more features and adjustments to insurance mandates and other ObamaCare rules, and pass by a simple-majority.

It would be preferable to alter the Senate’s arcane rules, thereby neutralizing any such constraints."

"Neutralizing constraints..." Need a translation?  "It would be preferable for Republicans to cheat and lie, rather than miss their chance to screw the American people."

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "What are the 'happiest' countries in the world?  It depends on how the UN defines happiness."

For example, the UN failed to include the freedom to kick poor people and black people and brown people in the face, which brings immense happiness to Rick's kind of person.  Or, as LBJ once put it, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

James Arlandson, American Thinker:  "Conservative winners and losers in the GOP health insurance program"

Oh, that's an easy one.  Winners?  Rich people.  Losers? Everybody else.  Same as with every GOP program.  James is particularly annoyed by the lukewarm support for the GOP proposal of requiring medicaid respondents, a quarter of which are elderly people, primarily in nursing homes, and over half of which are children, to work to get their medical care.

Silvio Canto Jr, American Thinker:  "We recall this week the 13th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War II. It's a moment to reflect on a decision that still looks correct to me a decade later."

Ha.  Silvio continues:

"For the moment, President Bush gets all of the criticism about Iraq and President Obama gets a free pass from a friendly media"

You know who else gets a "free pass" from the media about the grotesque military blunder in Iraq?  George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, King Henry VIII and Genghis Khan.  Because, like Obama, they had absolutely nothing to do with it.  Bush had everything to do with it.  Get it now, Silvio, or are you just going to go on claiming that lying the country into a three trillion dollar war of aggression that spectacularly failed was a great idea?  Maybe if you keep saying that for a couple hundred more years, you might convince a few people.  I mean beyond the brain dead race haters that make up your base.

Christian Datoc, Daily Caller:  "Gowdy Points To President Obama And 6 Admin. Officials As Possible Source Of Flynn Leaks"

In a hearing that was supposed to be about Trump collusion with a foreign dictator.  But no, any excuse to get that off track.  Of course, Gowdy's claims are as big a pack of lies as they were when his boy Trump first said them, but this is the whole takeaway from these hearings we are going to get from the right wing press.

"It should be noted that Gowdy did not give evidence for any of the names he raised possibly being the source of the leaks."

Evidence? We don't need no evidence.

Christian later goes on to claim:

"Trey Gowdy Drills Holes In FBI Dir. Comey With THIS Question AND A Laser Beam Death Stare"

A laser beam death stare!  Well, I guess he proved his point.

And how could I top that?  See you soon.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

B. Goode

I guess there isn't an electric guitar player worth a nickel that hasn't taken the time to learn this one.

'Bye, Chuck.

And I must also add that, two days ago, James Cotton, the great Chicago blues harmonica player, who I saw a couple of times back in the late sixties or early seventies, also died.  Here's a number from him:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Playing the Trump Card

Get ready for it.  Despite all of the Republicans' efforts to shut things down, every day we get a new little piece of the puzzle of the Trump administration's treason.  At this point the evidence, taken as a whole, is so overwhelming, that you would have to be corrupt or deeply ignorant to deny what is going on.

It is clear that Trump and his manipulators know perfectly well that all that is needed is a couple more revelations, and absolutely nothing will be able to save him but starting a war, during which he can try to intimidate people into falling in line behind him, the way that George W. Bush did.

The Trump administration has been sending up trial balloons suggesting various possibilities, ever since it took office, but it seems that they have now settled on provoking a conflict with North Korea, a country which has as little sympathy around the world as Trump himself has.  Here is our current Secretary of State, blabbing on about the new Trump doctrine toward North Korea:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Friday that military action against North Korea was "on the table" if the country continued to develop its weapons program. 

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action then that option is on the table," he told a press conference in South Korea. 

"Let me be very clear — the policy of strategic patience has ended," he added on Friday. "We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table."

"Strategic patience," i.e. largely ignoring Kim's impotent threats, is over, and now, I guess, we will be ready to smash North Korea at the slightest excuse, like the playground bully that Trump is.  Well, let me speak some plain truth about North Korea and Kim Jong Un.

Kim with his American buddy, Dennis Rodman

Kim is a thirty year old fat buffoon.  He is supposedly the head of a country that has been run by its military for decades.  Do you think that the generals who head the military would really turn the country over to this idiot?

Here is the obvious truth about North Korea, which anyone with half a brain can see, but which is as verboten in the mainstream press as the suggestion in 2002 that Iraq and Saudi Arabia might in fact be two separate countries:  North Korea is a brutal dictatorship; a horribly impoverished country in which a vast proportion of their national income goes to the military.  Now, anyone who knows a single thing about dictatorships knows perfectly well that a major part of that money ends up in the pockets of the generals, who fully intend to keep things going on that way, which will not be the case if the country is bombed into oblivion.  This little jerk Kim, in fact, is no more the ruler of his country than Queen Elizabeth is of hers; his entire function is to keep the populace in such a state of terror that they do not fight back against the generals' thieving of their wealth.  His inflammatory rhetoric is entirely intended for internal consumption, which is why the entire rest of the world shows the same "strategic patience" with him as you show toward your dog when it runs out of your house and barks at a passing truck.  The world's leaders know perfectly well that the last thing that Kim, and more importantly the people who really hold the power in North Korea, want is a war.  There are only two things that can demolish the generals' con- first, if the people of North Korea figure out that they have been had; that's what Kim is there to prevent.  And second, if some ignorant, brain damaged bully out there decides that it is to his advantage to pretend to take Kim seriously.  So, no one has ever taken his bait.

Until now.  Now, the world's biggest military is in the hands of an overgrown, belligerent, violent sociopath, who really would like to smash someone in the face, just for the hell of it, and who may also be on the point of deciding that starting a war is the only way to hang on to his Presidency.

And you know that the Trump administration is fully aware that, when North Korea fights back against an attack (and they will) the victims will not be Americans, but perhaps hundreds of thousands of South Korean and Japanese people who will likely be killed before things come to an end.  Oh yeah, a bunch of American soldiers will die too, but Trump will care about them as much as George W. Bush did about his American victims in Iraq, which is to say that their deaths will be convenient opportunities for some malignant jingoism and nothing more.  The dead Koreans and Japanese?  The Trump administration won't give a damn about them.  In fact, it might be sort of glad that this monstrosity will alienate the United States from two staunch allies.  After all, it certainly would fit the pattern of deliberately alienating the NATO countries, Australia, Mexico and Canada, leaving our country alone when it is subject to threats from, oh, say, Vladimir Putin, just to pick a name at random.

You might as well let a five year old take the controls of a 747.  Well, fasten your seat belts, people, and set your cell phones to airplane mode, because it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I read the news today oh boy

So, the nation cannot afford meals on wheels for senior citizens, but we can afford to build more aircraft carriers, even though we own as many as the rest of the world combined, and most of those owned by other nations are barely functional (not large enough for any modern jets except Harriers, which are all at the end of their service life) or scheduled for retirement.

We can also afford $180 million dollars a year, so the "first lady" doesn't have to actually live in that dump of a White House with her "husband."  I'm sure that many of us might have some sympathy with her in that regard, but still, that is more than the annual budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, which is about to be eliminated because it is far less important than Melania's right to live wherever she wants at our very considerable expense.

This isn't a budget; it is a sick joke at the expense of the American people.  The only conclusion that can be drawn from this, if you hadn't figured it out already, is that the Republican party is totally composed of greed maddened sadists.  It is not enough for them to take every penny of wealth from ordinary Americans; they have to deliberately harm them as much as possible in the process. These are truly evil people, bent on a crusade of cruelty and theft the likes of which the world has never seen.

But then, people like me have stood by, watching in incredulity as the rest of the country refuses to see, or at least admit, this obvious truth.  No, we are the Greatest Country on Earth, where lives and jobs and health care and education and infrastructure and freedom and everything else is a hundred times as good as anywhere else on earth, and if we just kick out the coloreds and the people with the wrong religion, our country will keep its place as the nation most beloved of God.  And that pathetic delusion is apparently worth more to the American people than all of the really great things they could have if they would just face up to what has happened to them.

But no.  I read yesterday that the perverted Duggars are angry because one of their daughters is wearing shorts in public.  And that Honey Boo Boo's mother has lost weight.  These are the important things.  The government killing us all?  Not so significant.  So, why bother reading the news?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The End of an Era?

The following is the musing of a historical autodidact, admittedly, but it's something that I have been thinking about lately.

The nation-state as we think of it was really a product of the age of Napoleon, i.e. the age in which revolution, war and collapse of government brought a pretty decisive halt to European monarchies.  The truly large nation states mostly all came into existence in the century after that:  The United States, Germany, the British Empire in its terminal form, the Soviet Union, Brazil, and only shortly after that, India and China.

Now that a couple of centuries have passed since the demise of Napoleon, I am beginning to wonder if the world can really afford to have countries that are so large and powerful that they can pose a threat to the world that can only be stopped at a price of the deaths of tens of millions.

Maybe it is time to admit that, after a couple of centuries on an even keel, the United States has been so subverted by the rich that it cannot be permitted to continue to exist as a single entity, with the clear threat of turning into a sort of Nazi Germany with nuclear weapons.  Maybe the immense wealth and resources of Russia cannot be allowed to fall into the hands of a single right wing ruler.  Maybe we cannot tolerate a country like China, run by rapacious sociopaths, who cover their corruption with a veneer of popular ideology.  Maybe all of these countries need to be broken up.

In particular, I wonder if it will not prove to be essential, in the next century or so, to split the United States up into several countries, to protect the whole world from its worst elements.  Let the West Coast run its own affairs without interference from right wing demagogues, and let the Northeast do the same.  And most certainly, let the States of the former Confederacy sink or swim on their own, without their endless appropriation of resources from people who hate what they stand for and the way they behave.I don't quite know how to split up the rest, and actually I don't care where they end up.

Well, you get the idea.  The same should happen in Russia, China and India too, if it happens here.  It might make for a happier world.

Recipe for Disaster

This news from Daily Kos today:

"Trump expected to double U.S. ground forces in Syria in coming weeks...The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks, expanding the American presence in the country ahead of the offensive on the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. defense officials familiar with the matter. 

That's 1,000 in addition to the current 1,000, and comes as those troops are increasingly being asked to step in to prevent violence between our various semi-allied factions."

Can anyone imagine a situation more likely to end in disaster?  Other than having elected Trump to begin with, of course.  All of our painful experience in Vietnam and Iraq, washed down the drain by a President who probably knows nothing real about either of those military disasters, despite having lived through both of them.  Based on previous experience, my guess is that soon the number of troops will double, and then double again, and then we will be off to the races, caught up to our necks* in a conflict whose hope of a decent resolution is infinitesmal compared to Vietnam and Iraq.  Oh boy, I can hardly wait.

*And need I add that it is really hard to win a race when you are buried up to your neck.

Russia, Russia, Russia

I suggest that you take the time to watch the latest video from Keith Olbermann:

It has been clear for months now, that the endless connections between Donald Trump and Russia are enough to convince anyone not living in a state of utter denial that Trump is a traitor in collusion with the Russian dictator.  Keith lays a lot of it out in this video; what he does not get into is what Trump has actually done for the Russians, in the way of demolishing our intelligence apparatus, deliberately alienating us from our allies, working to destroy NATO, obviously planning to do away with sanctions on Russia, appointing people deeply connected to Russia to our highest executive branch positions, and on and on.

Now, just consider how much immense power the Republicans have to prevent this sort of information from being assembled in public, and any sentient person must come to one conclusion and one conclusion only: that we are led by a man who has accepted bribes or been blackmailed to destroy our country.

And don't tell me about "innocent until proven guilty."  That is supposed to be for juries, in court cases where there are prosecutors honestly trying to present the evidence, and where the defendants do not actually control the justice system.  There is so much evidence that we already have that it is obvious what is going on here.  It's time to bring the whole Republican corrupt house of cards down, but I doubt that anyone is willing to do it, so I guess we lose our country instead.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When We Will Know That the Owners of the Press Have Decided to Rejoin the World of Decent People

A few random comments on their new, improved health care bill:

"Asked in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” approximately how many people will lose coverage if the American Health Care Act is passed, Ryan replied: “I can’t answer that question. It’s up to people...“People are going to do what they want to do with their lives because we believe in individual freedom in this country.”

 Paul Ryan considers this "freedom", because Paul Ryan is at best an idiot and at worst a sociopath.

"On NBC's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Price how he could call the Affordable Care Act a "failing system" if millions of people were being covered under the law.

"Can you say for certain that once this bill is passed that nobody will be worse off financially when it comes to paying for health care?" Todd asked.

"I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we're going through," Price replied. "Understanding that they'll have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves."

Or this:

"Speaking in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence called Obamacare a “nightmare,” and said that Kentucky was a “textbook case of Obamacare’s failures.”

Under Obamacare, the uninsured rate in Kentucky fell from 20.4% to 7.8%.

Now listen: every word the Republicans utter on this subject is a gigantic lie.  We all know this, because we all know that the Republican party intends to take away all of the money which is financing Obamacare, cast tens of millions into the roles of the uninsured, kill tens of thousand of people per year and drive the cost rises of American health care back into screaming overdrive.  And they are going to do it because there is not one single person in the Republican leadership that gives a God damn about the fate of our country; they are all nothing but corrupt members of a criminal conspiracy which exists solely to rob the rest of us into poverty and near slavery, in order to enrich a few hundred families that pay to spread their lies for them and keep them in office.

That is all, and I mean all, there is to report about this story, and the story of every other piggish, monstrous thing the Republican party does.  When the day comes that the "liberal" press starts reporting the news in this manner, i.e. telling the truth, I will consider believing that they exist to fulfill their supposed purpose, and not just to be collaborators in the gigantic, century long plot by Republicans to remake this country as a third world dictatorship.

Monday, March 13, 2017


The increase in uninsured under the Republicans' Obamacare "replacement."

I guess the number speaks for itself.

Pay No Attention to The Man In Front of the Curtain

Donald Trump a week ago:

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"

We learn today from Sean Spicer that, when Trump said "President Obama" he did not mean President Obama, and when he said "tapp (sic) my phones" he did not mean tap my phones.

There is no reasoning with sick people like this.  They need to be destroyed, for the good of all of us.

Can Democrats Be This Stupid?

Well, yes, of course they can be.  It's happened so many times that it is now just the way things work in Washington- Republicans screw things up and blame it on the Democrats, Democrats fix things, and Republicans take the credit.  And since the Republicans own the press, voters fall for it every time.

What am I raving about today? This story, which I originally saw at Crooks and Liars, but which can be found at many other places:

"Republicans are openly hoping that Democrats will clean up the mess after they pass a health care law that results in million of Americans losing coverage. 

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Republicans are moving forward with plans to replaces the Affordable Care Act even though voters in red states are expected to be hit hard by the changes.  

Regardless of warnings from experts that millions could lose coverage, Republicans are pressing forward with the belief that Democrats will one day help fix the mess they created, the paper said. 

"Ultimately, Republicans are counting on Democrats to step in and help repair what even Republicans anticipate as upheaval if a repeal measure is passed without a broad remake of American health care," the Times noted. "Republican leaders have made no effort to hide the strategy."

Democrats, there is but one answer to this malicious Republican strategy:  A party unified around Medicare for everyone, i.e. a single payer system.  If there is one Democrat anywhere that refuses to go along with this, it should be made clear to them that they will never, ever, get one ounce of help from the party.  Any Democrat who is stupid enough to help dig the Republican party out of this gigantic hole of its own making, has no right to be associated with the Democratic party, or with any decent, rational organization.

If Democrats cannot hold the line, even on such a clear issue as this, our country really has been turned over to the criminals that make up the entire Republican leadership.  We might as well start preparing for the civil war and the inevitable breaking up of the United States which is guaranteed to follow.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, five weeks in, and here is what we have:

A traitorous President in league with a foreign dictator
The most corrupt President ever, openly using his position for personal profit
An uncontrollable, vicious liar
A level of incompetence and disarray in the White House that is almost impossible to comprehend
Savaging of the most basic rights of American citizens, such as the right to travel openly without government permission.

So, what do the wingnuts have to offer to try to turn people's attention away from these multiple abominations?  Let's dive in and take a look. and here is a good place to start.  I swear to God this is something I actually read on a right wing website yesterday:

The Resistance:  "FBI Issues Warrant For Obama’s Arrest After Confirming Illegal Trump Tower Wiretap...Former president and breaker of laws, Barack Obama, will either surrender himself or be picked up by the FBI sometime today to be booked and charged with unlawful use of authority, wire fraud and conspiracy to interfere with free elections after it was confirmed that he ordered the tapping of the phones at Trump Tower during the presidential election.  The proof is undeniable. Obama basically confessed in a private call to one of Hillary Clinton’s aides that he had the Trump Tower tapped and we can’t find any federal order legally authorized by a judge to do so.

The order, which isn’t something even a president can do without the signature of a federal judge, was to listen in on Trump and his children to try to find a connection to Russia. Nothing came of it since President Trump nor any of his campaign staff have ever been to, spoken with or had anything to do with Russia or its agents."

Well, it's already tomorrow, and I don't see any stories in the mainstream press about Obama being arrested.  I guess they are just supressing the truth.   And needless to say, it seems like Trump and everyone else in his administration has been dealing with Russia.  So here is how "Stryker," the author of this article describes himself:

"Stryker is a constitutional conservative who can't stand the lazy, crybaby , fantasy world liberals live in. Knowledge is power. The truth will set you free. May the good Lord bless and keep the United States of America."

Whatever, buddy.

Courtney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Watch: Trump Surprises White House Tour Group"

In the middle of all his disasters, he still can find time for one more pathetic little attempt to pump up his ego.  This miserable behavior is portrayed by wingnuts as some sort of magnanimous gesture from a man who really cares about the American people.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Why Do American Jews Want Thousands of Jew Haters in America?"

That would be Syrian refugees, I guess.  Funny that Dennis, an American Jew himself, has no problem aligning himself with neo-Nazis who are born and bred right here in this country.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "There's Pretty Much Nothing Wrong With Any Of The Meetings Trump Aides Had With The Russians"

As long as you are fine with treason.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "White House Demands Congressional Investigation Into Obama's Abuse of Power"

Ha ha ha.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Rep. Steve King Suggests A “Rogue Intel Operation” Could Have Wiretapped Trump"

Or, on the other hand, it could have been those interfering lizard people from outer space, up to their old tricks.  There is equal evidence for either theory at this point, so I expect Rep. King to be addressing the lizard people question any time now.

A likely culprit.

Josh Kimbrell, Red State:  "Being Pro-Life is the Prescription for Patient-Centered Healthcare Reform"

Stop abortion and everyone will have all the health care they need!  See, and who says the Republicans don't have a great health care plan?

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "#ObamaGate: Conway Says Trump 'Has Information and Intelligence' We Don't"

Ha ha, who are you going to believe, the obvious fact that Trump is lying, or Kellyanne Conway?

Ron Radosh, PJ Media:  "Is Trump Responsible for Some of His Recent Troubles?"

Maybe, maybe not...I guess we'll just never know.  Ron continues with this interesting observation:

"Turning to the president’s appointments at home, Trump earned high marks for the foreign policy and national security team he has put in place."

Ha ha.  I guess that would include the Secretary of State whose only foreign policy qualification is his investment in Russia and his friendship with Vladimir Putin, the national security advisor he already had to kick out, and, well, you get the idea.

Roger Kimball, PJ Media:  "I believe that Donald Trump has been astonishingly swift and successful during the first 40-odd days of his tenure as president."

Swift and successful at bringing himself to the edge of impeachment.  And Roger continues:

"Notwithstanding his many successes, however, President Trump is everywhere besieged by a juvenile but implacably hostile and unscrupulous opposition -- the Twitter-wielding Lilliputians."

Twitter.  They are attacking the Democrats for using twitter.  These people truly have no shame.

And now another high point in fabricated Republican paranoia:

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Blackmail? Did Comey Let Hillary Off The Hook Because She Knew About FBI Wiretapping?

Yes, Hillary blackmailed Comey into...well, not into not sabotaging her campaign, which he did, but into something.  The evidence for this?  Husband Bill had a ten minute conversation once with long time political associate Loretta Lynch, in which they apparently cooked up about six dozen plots against the country, this being one of them.

Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize; US Media Ignores"

"Nominated" by an "unnamed American."  Of course, Americans cannot nominate anyone to get a Nobel prize, so maybe that's why the media ignored this jackass.  Although, on reflecting on this, I think Kristinn may have made a misprint here.  I think what he was nominated for was a Nobel Piss Prize, for actions in Moscow above and beyond the "call of duty," if you get my drift.  And he is the odds-on favorite to win that one.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Brits muzzle Christians"

Well, if they haven't had their rabies shots, I think it's just common sense.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Can the Trump administration be successful against the Soros-Obama-Clinton cabal?"

Let's just wait to see if the Trump administration can be successful against the Trump cabal.  Right now, I'm guessing no.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "WAS OBAMA'S TAP OF TRUMP LEGAL, AMERICAN?...Exclusive: Joseph Farah reveals why scandal is 'bigger and worse than Watergate'

Notice the slight fact left out of Joseph's account? I mean, the little thing about that tap never having happened.  Oh well, irrelevant, I guess.

World Net Daily Poll:  "Would Ronald Reagan vote for Trump?"

Before or after he went senile?

Rita Dunaway, World Net Daily:  "Why are conservatives in bed with lefties?"

They want good sex for once in their lives?

World Net Daily:  "Hillary haunts Trump during White House tour"

She can't haunt anybody, because she's not dead yet.  Sorry, guys.  I know you were getting your hopes up.

And now, perhaps the most astoundingly insane political statement I have ever heard:

Steve McCann, American Thinker:  "Since 1989 and the election of George H.W. Bush, the vast majority of Republicans elected to national office have chosen to worship the twin gods of civility and compromise"

The Democrats, on the other hand, were merciless boors.

Monty L. Donohew, American Thinker:  "18 questions for Obama on Trump-Russia collusion"

See, Trump is in treasonous collusion with the Russians, but it's Obama that needs to be the focus of the accusations.

Anthony Lentini, American Thinker:  "If you read the surveillance denials by Obama and his cohorts regarding Trump Tower, you will find them highly parsed and full of loopholes"

Here is the highly parsed and loophole filled comment from the Obama people:

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Just full of loopholes, huh?  Well, you have to admit, Trump's lies are never highly parsed- he just shouts them right out, confident that the people who voted for him are stupid enough to believe anything he says.  By the way, the title of this post was "Conditioning America to accept the absurd." Nothing that the Republicans would ever get up to, I'm sure.

Ben Shapiro, National Review Online:  "Why We Should Ignore Trump’s Rhetoric"

Because anyone that listened to him would realize that he is a mentally subnormal, ignorant bully without a clue how to do his job, I'd guess.  And what does Ben have to say about that?

"The premise underlying such logic is simple: What the president says matters. But here’s an admittedly unconventional theory: What if it shouldn’t?"

This is what they have sunk to by having to defend Trump.  Ben resorts to one of the most pathetic comments about the founding fathers ever heard, to defend this idiotic remark:

"In the early days of the republic, no one much cared what the president had to say on a day-by-day basis."

Hey, I wonder why that might be.  I mean, they could have just turned their TV's to Fox News or looked on their i-phones, and been right up to date on everything, right?

"All that began to change with Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, both of whom had expansive visions of the role of the president."

All that changed when someone invented the telegraph, you moron.

Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review Online:  "Is the GOP a Trumpian Party or a Conservative One?"

Neither, Jonathan.  It's a collection of corrupt traitors.  Glad to have a chance to get that straight for you.

Have You Seen the Name of the Republican Health Care Bill

If you need any more evidence (you don't) of what a bunch of evil fucks the Republicans are, you need look no farther than the name they have given to their disgusting "health care plan."  Really, here it is, from the House's website:
The World's Greatest Health Care Plan!  That's what these cynical cocksuckers are calling their malignant bill.  What kind of a sickening name for a bill is that, even if it were true? This is the sort of government that Republicans were voted in to provide us- screw the American people and then kick them in the face on the way out the door.  And their stupid, ignorant voters are just thrilled with it.

Left Wing Fake News?

I think we need to talk about a phenomenon that I have noticed with increasing frequency the last few months- purportedly left wing sites promoting outrageous or easily disproved claims about Trump, the Republicans and right wingers.  In the last week or two, these sites have started to attract some mainstream attention, such as this article from the Atlantic, which correctly observes:

"there’s no equivalence between the falsehoods coming from the American left and the right in the past two weeks. Individual Democrats on Facebook may cling to pleasant stories and wishful thinking, but the Republican White House press secretary spouts off lies beneath the presidential seal. On Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to the president, referenced a terrorist attack that never happened.

But a preponderance of fake information ultimately harms the political cause that absorbs it."

I think I can see at least three strains in this sort of website.

First of all, there are ones that are a result of wishful thinking and inadequate fact checking by liberals desperate to believe that our national nightmare is about to end.  Typical of this is Bill Palmer and his site, The Palmer Report.  Palmer appears to me to be a well-intentioned person who has just gotten carried away with what he wishes to be true.  This is the least troubling type of these sites, but still it doesn't do us any good.

Second is a more malignant strain, typified by sites such as The Bipartisan Report, or Addicting Information.  I believe the operators of these sites, seeing the tremendous success that right wing websites have had at manipulating money out of their loyal suckers, have decided to try the same thing on the left.  It's a harder sell because, well, left wingers are not as stupid and ignorant as right wingers, but obviously it is worth a try to the con men who are behind these sites.

And finally, the most contemptible of all are certain sites that I believe are financed and operated by the usual right wing liars and their backers, which are designed to make the left look like a bunch of crazed loons.  This is just one more face of the standard Republican practice of blaming the left for being guilty of all the right's sins.

Well, at this point, I do not have much more to say about this phenomenon, except to encourage people to remain in the standard left wing reality-based world, and avoid falling for these scams.  I think this problem is only going to grow worse, as right wing sociopaths pump more money into this malicious activity, so it will be best to be on guard.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Notes from a Dying Nation

Just a random collection of what passes for Republican government, compiled in the last day and a half or so:

Congressman Steve King:  "Trump needs to purge Leftists from executive branch before disloyal, illegal & treasonist acts sink us."

Funny, I grew up associating the term "purge" with Joe Stalin.  Well, if Putin can turn out to be a far better leader than Obama, why not Stalin too? Remember Trump saying this:

"[Putin] has very strong control over a country," Trump said during the town hall, which was hosted by MSNBC and NBC...he's been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader."
Strong control over a country...this, from the same people who have screamed for eight years that Obama was a dictatorial monster running roughshod over the Constitution.  And may I point out that, by this standard, Idi Amin and Muammar Khadaffy were also better leaders than Obama?

Ed Klein, Fox News:  "[Obama] must have known about it, but it's my guess -- and I don't know how you feel about it, but -- that it's more likely that it was Valerie Jarrett and Ben Rhodes who were part of this, and Obama -- or the architects of this, and Obama was informed. You know, Obama is not exactly the most engaged guy when it comes to these kind of details. I mean, he spends an awful lot of time watching ESPN and reading books."

And now a new low in deliberate Republican projecting their worst characteristics on Democrats.  For most of Obama's Presidency, he was absurdly accused of being stupid, ignorant and lazy.  This is not because that accusation was anything but grotesquely absurd, but because it has become a standard Republican practice to cover up the insane inadequacy of their corrupt leaders by shouting endlessly that Democrats are even worse, so Obama was accused of being what Bush actually was.  Now that the lazy, ignorant Trump, who can't even be bothered to read the bills he is signing, is President, all of a sudden Obama is not a detail guy, and spent his time binge watching ESPN (for which there is absolutely no evidence) or (heaven protect us!) reading books, a grotesque misuse of his time if ever there was one.

Ben Carson:  “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships who worked even longer, even harder for less.  But they too had a dream, that one day their sons, daughters, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness.”

I'm not going to get into another dissertation here about how much Republicans love to get some corrupt black guy to mouth their most hateful racist claims, but really, you want a proof that God doesn't exist?  The fact that a lightning bolt didn't immediately blast Ben Carson out of existence the minute he said that should be all the proof you need.

And how about this news?

"Khizr Khan, the father of the Gold Star soldier that Trump spent so much time smearing during the election, has had to cancel a scheduled appearance on a Canadian TV station, because  his "travel privileges are being reviewed."  Mr. Khan has been an American citizen for 30 years.  What does the phrase "travel privileges" even mean when applied to a person like that?"

So now, on top of purges, we are about to have American citizens who oppose Trump banned from traveling? Just how much farther do we have to go before we have concentration camps and gestapo roundups?  How long before we see their bank accounts being seized, and their companies destroyed? And I am not speaking hyperbolically here- six weeks in, and Trump opponents do not have the right of free travel?  Where will we be in two more months?

Talking Points Memo:  "Congressional experts who spoke with TPM said the President has no authority to direct lawmakers’ investigations, and that it is a bizarre move for the commander-in-chief to ask Congress to investigate himself."

Although, God knows, someone needs to do it; preferably a commission with some psychiatrists on it.

And a new tweet from our President:

"122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!"

Our President, who has access to the information gathered from about two dozen intelligence agencies, got this piece of "information" from Fox News.  And let's be clear:  it turns out that  Fox reported that, allegedly, 122 people released from Guantanamo returned to the battlefield.  Trump just made up the part about them all being Obama releases-so clever of him.  Actually, 113 were released by George Bush.  Only 9 were released by Obama.  I'm anxiously awaiting an apology from Trump.*

And while we are on this subject, let me point out again that one of the most miserable moments of the Obama Presidency was when he did not free every single one of these people held in Guantanamo without charges.  Even our Constitutional scholar of a President seems to have forgotten this:

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

Keeping people in prison for ten and fifteen years without even charging them hardly fits that requirement.

*Just sarcasm there; I'm not really waiting for an apology.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Hidden War

There is an unobserved political war going on in this country.  I have absolutely no concrete evidence that this is true, but I am going to positively assert it as utterly obvious.

One army in this war is led by Paul Ryan, and includes every Republican that thinks Ryan would favor them in the future.

The other army is led by every Republican who sees himself or herself as a potential Presidential candidate in 2020.  And judging by past performance, that is quite a horde.

And here is what the war is over:  Paul Ryan, as the Speaker of the House, is the only person who can pull the trigger on the massively appropriate impeachment of Donald Trump.  And he is not going to do that until he can involve Mike Pence sufficiently to pull Pence down with Trump, making Ryan President.  And that would spell the end of any chance the other Republicans have to become President in 2020.

Watch behind the curtain.  There is not a Republican on earth who is not out for himself and only himself, so this is going to make for a most interesting story.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March for Trump!

I reported a few days ago on the predictable humiliation that the first round of pro-Trump demonstrations, called for by Trump himself, turned out to be.  Well, here's the rest.  I don't want to beat this thing into the ground, so I will just show a few random pictures:

The one in Nashville (second to last picture) seems to have gotten several hundred people, which is still pathetic, but the rest were gigantic failures as usual, including the one in Washington DC, which seems to  have attracted about 200, as opposed to the 500,000 that showed up for the Women's march a few weeks ago.  We'll just note this one down for history, and move on.