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.


Infidel753 said...

There's no evidence they're helping results, helping kids do better in school

These are people who reject the evidence for evolution (practically the most solidly-established theory in all of human knowledge) and for global warming -- the "no, science isn't real" thing probably has to do with that. Rejecting the evidence that kids learn better with proper meals must be a piece of cake. After all, it's not like they'd know such things from direct experience, since they've probably never had to go hungry.

As for the Fukushima story, Japanese people are kind of touchy about nuclear radiation for some reason.

FNZ-795 said...

I haven't given you a musical reward for your wrapups in a while, so I'll make up for it today.

On this day, March 20, 2017, Vera Lynn turns 100.

Here's We'll Meet Again.
And here's The White Cliffs of Dover.

Thank you for 100 years, Vera.

Green Eagle said...

Infidel, the sad thing is that after Japan has stood as the greatest argument against nuclear disasters for sixty years, they may have actually done more damage to their country by letting their own government scheme with the nuclear industry to unleash one of the worst disasters in human history on them. Anyone who knows anything about the history of nuclear accidents knows that only a small fragment of the whole story of Fukushima has been told, and whatever we know now, well, multiply it by ten or a hundred to get a feeling for the real long term damage.

Green Eagle said...

And FNZ-795, a sad reminder of a world of horror that so many in our country are working night and day to bring back. The civilized world survived two world wars; I do not believe it will make it through a third.

Magpie said...

“they may have actually done more damage to their country by letting their own government scheme with the nuclear industry”

‘they’ can’t stop that.

At least both our countries have an actual opposition party. Political parties are amorphous in Japan, the pieces just get shuffled around so the same corporate hegemony stays in place.

The chairman and two vice presidents of TEPCO, which controls the reactors, were actually indicted last year for negligence causing death.
But there is no trial by jury in Japan, the legal system is designed to protect the powerful.
The prosecutors themselves said they would not bring charges but a civilian judiciary panel, which is rarely used, said ‘tough shit, we the people want them indicted’, after which indictment became mandatory, which is very annoying to THE FUCKING PROSECUTORS (!!!)
Even so, they’ll probably get off. If not, a lackey – usually a senior assistant - will commit suicide to absorb guilt. I predict 50% chance of the latter.

Meanwhile, Toshiba is in real trouble.
Why should you give a shit? Because they have nuclear reactors under construction in the United States, though they are in red states (I think).
The upshot is that those won’t proceed, meaning the power will have to be delivered by dirtier means because the Trump regime isn’t interested in clean energy, or someone, let’s say... ‘less regulated’... might do them instead, provided they can do it cheap, which they will be able to as Toshiba has to offload the project.

Plus ordinary Americans may end up paying for all this as Toshiba’s American corporate partners will not want to – it would cost someone a bonus - possibly leading to the choice of either paying for nothing or paying for reactors built with less safeguards than current practice recommends.

But radiation reports only sound scary till you have something to compare them to, like someone throwing an egg at a skyscraper, and Ann Coulter says radiation is good for you, so all will be well, surely.

Green Eagle said...

Magpie, I believe everything you have to say about the Japanese government. I just also believe that, when it comes to nuclear accidents, from Three Mile Island to Cernobyl and everywhere else, every one has been followed by an avalanche of lies from the government and companies involved, so that today, we cannot be sure if we will ever know the truth about a single one of them.