Friday, June 29, 2018

Republican Support For Trump Collapses

Ha ha, just kidding.  In the wake of discovering that he is building concentration camps for children, Gallup reports that Republican support for Trump has fallen from 90% to 87%.  This is an openly, proudly Fascist party, people, and anyone who can't see that at the present time is deeply defective, morally and intellectually. 

I am always amused when I see people criticize someone on Mueller's staff or at the FBI as illegitimate to work on any Trump investigation, because they have made public statements indicating that they are opposed to Trump.  Any person who is not opposed to Trump is a vicious, hateful human being, and a traitor to this country in the bargain.  If you are not opposed to what Trump and the Republican party are doing to this country, you have no right to take part in its government, or to be considered anything but a moral degenerate.  And that includes the 87% of Republicans who will side with him in public, as well as the majority of the rest, who just won't say it out loud.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Media Concern Trolling At Its Finest

The lead story from the Washington Post today!  The lead story!

"Liberal hostility toward Trump aides could galvanize the GOP base...

Recent displays of anger directed toward members of the Trump administration — such as the White House press secretary being asked to leave a Va. restaurant and a speech by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — could play into the president’s hands."

Do you ever remember any of the mainstream media truly concerned that the avalanche of hatred directed nonstop by Republicans toward Democrats for decades could galvanize the Democratic base?  Never.  Because, in fact this headline article is not a kindly meant warning to the Democratic party that a howling mob of millions of Republicans might attack them because some pathological Republican liar is kicked out of a restaurant.  No, it is in fact a barely veiled threat that if Democrats do not shut up and take a few more decades of that abuse, the mainstream press, even its most allegedly responsible members, is going to go on a campaign to accuse Democrats of being loathsome subhumans, while as usual ignoring the monstrosity that the Republican party has become.

This article amounts to throwing down the gauntlet and letting the Democrats know that, in the four months between now and the election, they are going to be savaged for any imaginary abuses the Republicans can think of while the Republicans are going to be let off scot free as they destroy our country.

It happened with the e-mails.  It happened with Benghazi.  And the birth certificate and the Swift boat lies and Whitewater and Vince Foster and the Clinton murder list and Travelgate and Christmas card gate and on and on and on and on.  And the press collaborated with the Republicans, willingly spreading their poison every step of the way.  But let someone not want a lying right wing scum in their restaurant, and the entire Democratic party has to be punished.  Because this is worse that stealing several thousand kids and putting them in concentration camps. It's worse than taking health care away from tens of millions.  It's worse than giving trillions of dollars to rich Republican donors and then paying for it by savaging Social Security and Mecidare. You know, I haven't seen any articles about how any of that might galvanize Democratic voters.

I've said this so many times:  The 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.  And that is what we have in the United States today.

A Little More:  Charlie Pierce taking on the same nonsense from the same newspaper in a piece at Esquire today, worth a read as is anything he writes.  Let me just note that the Washington Post article he rips to shreds is an editorial, not the FUCKING LEAD NEWS STORY OF THE WHOLE PAPER.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Jesus or ?

I cribbed the following picture from Digby's blog this morning:
Digby assumed, as I am sure most people would, that this is a picture of Trump being hugged by Jesus- apparently a Jesus who is about 6'-10, but to me that doesn't really look like Jesus at all.  It looks more like this guy:
Just wondering if that is not what they really meant.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Both Siderism Will Never Die

Here's something I heard Brian Williams, on the "liberal" MSNBC just say about the refusal of the Republican Congressional majority to take a stand against the malignant Trump immigration policies:

"I guess when they hand out the profiles in courage awards at the Kennedy Center this year, there will be none for Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell and Ryan"

And that is why our country is going straight to hell.

And His Wife is Scum, Too

I am ashamed to admit that, in the past, I have defended Melania Trump as someone who was trapped in her position, and not responsible for the monstrous behavior of her husband.

Well, you have probably all seen this, but here is Melania in a jacket she wore to take a trip to see some of the migrant children who her husband stole from their parents:
This is the act of the lowest kind of scum.  I was fooled by her, but no more.  She is every bit as big a monster as her husband.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's Our Fault

Okay, I don't want to beat this to death, but the social and economic dysfunction of the countries in Central America is in very large part our fault.  The United States has spent a century deposing their legitimate governments in order to replace them with brutal dictators, in order to advance the interests of US corporations.  Here, from an article in the Harvard Review of  Latin America is at least a partial list:

Military/CIA activity that changed governments
Cuba 1898-1902 Spanish-American War
          1906-09 Ousts elected Pres. Palma; occupation regime
          1917-23 U.S. reoccupation, gradual withdrawal
Dominican Rep 1916-24 U.S. occupation
          1961 Assassination of Pres. Trujillo
          1965 U.S. Armed Forces occupy Sto Domingo
Grenada         1983 U.S. Armed Forces occupy island; oust government
Guatemala 1954 C.I.A.-organized armed force ousts Pres. Arbenz
Haiti 1915-34 U.S. occupation
          1994 U.S. troops restore constitutional government
Mexico         1914 Veracuz occupied; US allows rebels to buy arms
Nicaragua 1910 Troops to Corinto, Bluefields during revolt
          1912-25 U.S. occupation
          1926-33 U.S. occupation
          1981-90 Contra war; then support for opposition in election
Panama         1903-14 U.S. Troops secure protectorate, canal
          1989 U.S. Armed Forces occupy nation

Government/regime changes in which U.S. is decisive
Bolivia 1944 Coup uprising overthrow Pres. Villaroel
          1963 Military coup ousts elected Pres. Paz Estenssoro
          1971 Military coup ousts Gen. Torres
Brazil 1964 Military coup ousts elected Pres. Goulart
Chile 1973 Coup ousts elected Pres. Allende.
          1989-90 Aid to anti-Pinochet opposition
Cuba 1933 U.S. abandons support for Pres. Machado
          1934 U.S. sponsors coup by Col. Batista to oust Pres. Grau
Dominican Rep. 1914 U.S. secures ouster of Gen. José Bordas
          1963 Coup ousts elected Pres. Bosch
El Salvador 1961 Coup ousts reformist civil-military junta
          1979 Coup ousts Gen. Humberto Romero
          1980 U.S. creates and aids new Christian Demo junta
Guatemala 1963 U.S. supports coup vs elected Pres. Ydígoras
          1982 U.S. supports coup vs Gen. Lucas García
          1983 U.S. supports coup vs Gen. Rios Montt
Guyana 1953 CIA aids strikes; Govt. is ousted
Honduras 1963 Military coups ousts elected Pres. Morales
Mexico         1913 U.S. Amb. H. L. Wilson organizes coup v Madero
Nicaragua 1909 Support for rebels vs Zelaya govt
          1979 U.S. pressures Pres. Somoza to leave
Panama         1941 U.S supports coup ousting elected Pres. Arias
          1949 U.S. supports coup ousting constitutional govt of VP Chanís
          1969 U.S. supports coup by Gen. Torrijos

And this is only a partial list- for example, it doesn't include the repeated attempts of the United States to sabotage the government of Venezuela politically and militarily, out of outrage that its leaders decided that Venezuela should use its vast oil resources for the benefit of its own people instead of turning them over to U. S. oil companies.

My point being, to end this and get out of here already, that if we are really being inundated by refugees from Latin America, it is our own God damned fault, and just maybe the answer to keeping their people at home is to stop reducing their countries to impoverished hellholes, in order to increase profits of corporations that have exactly zero interest in our welfare.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

He Can Do Whatever He Wants

Well, the Children in Concentration Camps issue cerainly seems to have taken off, even if not many people with a real voice dare express it as starkly as I do.  Anyway, everybody wants to talk about it, but as far as I am concerned, not a single comment I have heard is willing to get to the real point of Trump's inhumanity toward immigrant children.

Yes, of course, this is part of a systematic stirring up of race hatred and a lust for violence in his base, to hopefully get them out on election day and keep the Republican party in charge.  That in itself is one of the most miserable things that has ever happened in the history of our country, at least since the days of slavery and beating down the Indians.  But as malignant as it is, I believe it is only secondary to another purpose of this behavior, which up to this point, no one, from whatever end of the political spectrum, has been able to face.

For, I believe, the main purpose of this behavior is to make it clear that Trump has the power, and will use that power, to destroy the lives of anyone who stands up to him.  It is part of a campaign to inure the American people to the use of sadism and violence by the President to get what he wants. If he can put innocent children by the thousands in concentration camps, he can imprison, or even kill his opponents without fear of being stopped.  This is the right that he is now claiming.  And it is all too clear from his behavior that he will use it if he is allowed to have it.

We are at another Rubicon in our nation's descent into fascism.  With this program, our President is taking for himself the right to destroy anyone or any group that is a part of anything he dislikes or doesn't want to happen.  And please note that this is not the "sort of" Fascism that people maybe whispered about a year or so ago; this is the real thing, as blatant as anything Hitler or Mussolini ever did, short of taking those kids and gassing them.  But that didn't start in Germany until Hitler had been allowed to run hog wild for years; when Hitler had been in power as long as Trump has, he was still just locking his opponents up and maybe having them beaten, kind of like Trump today.

Well, welcome to today's America.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Blogger Screwed Me

I have discovered that out of nowhere, Blogger is refusing to send me e-mails notifying me of comments that people had made on my posts.  I don't really know how long this has been going on, but I am afraid it is for some time.  I noticed I was not getting any comments, but assumed that, because I haven't been posting much lately, people just stopped reading my blog.  But that doesn't seem to be true.  I'll try to get this straightened out, but in the meantime I think I will maybe stop content moderation until I do. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How To Get A Federal Pardon

Make a movie!  Well, the right kind of movie, of course.  Dinesh D'Souza can show you the way:
And here is the copy that goes with this one sheet:

"CAN WE SAVE AMERICA A SECOND TIME?Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him. 

Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right “by any means necessary. 

But which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them? 

Moreover, which is the party of racism today? Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left? 

Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, Death of a Nation cuts through progressive big lies to expose hidden history and explosive truths. 

Lincoln united his party and saved America from the Democrats for the first time. Can Trump—and we—come together and save America for the second time?"CAN WE SAVE AMERICA A SECOND TIME?"

I can't wait to see the trailer.

Wingnut Wrapup- Summit Edition

Boy, I bet this photo comforts you about the state of the world.

Anyone with even a grain of sanity left knows that the Great Negotiator got his pants stolen by Kim Jong Un at the great Summit Of The Two Leaders.  So it's going to be tough for the winguts to find a way to spin this as a victory for Trump, but they are going to give it a hell of a try.  Here we go:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Denuclearization: President Trump and Kim Jong Un End Historic Summit With Signing Ceremony"

Signing what?  Apparently Trump agreed to stab South Korea in the back by ending long standing joint military exercises, in return for nothing.  No sense mentioning that, however.

Streiff, Red State:  "The Trump-Kim Summit Was Not a Failure but It Did Disappoint"

Not a failure to Kim, perhaps, who got a major defense concession from Trump, and recognition on the world stage.  As for Trump, it is only a failure if the American press tells the truth about what happened.  Fat chance, huh?

" the real battle begins: that of competing narratives."

I.e. between the truth and the inevitable Republican propaganda line, portraying a humiliating collapse by Trump as a diplomatic masterstroke of nine dimensional chess.

"Having acknowledged that the U.S-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in (their) joint statement fully and expeditiously."

Fat chance.  Kim got exactly what he wanted from this meeting, without giving up a thing.  Why would he capitulate now?  Do you think he gives a God damn what Trump thinks about him or says about him, after Trump administration officials have called for his death on numerous occasions, only to collapse right in front of his eyes? 

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  Trump Agrees to Stop U.S.-South Korea Military Exercises, Says He Trusts 'Very Talented' Kim"

Oy.  Talented like Trump, in being born into a rich family.  A very useful talent, as it turns out.

PJ Media Staff:  "Trump makes history."

He sure did.  So did this guy, who also was a right winger who thought you could trust a dictator:

Hey, you know what's funny?  Every time Obama did anything he got compared to Chamberlain by Republicans, but so far not a single one of them has compared Trump's performance at the summit to Chamberlain.  Funny, huh?

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Trump Could Be One of America's Great Foreign Policy Presidents"

Ha ha.  He could give it all up tomorrow and register at Hogwarts too.  Just about as likely, since either one of these outcomes is a total fantasy.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Inside Germany’s Thriving Nudist Culture"

Oops, that didn't have anything to do with North Korea.  Sorry.  Sometimes Green Eagle has trouble staying on topic.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Kudlow: Trump Lashed Out at Canada as Show of Strength to North Korea"

Finally, proof that telling a big enough lie can give you a heart attack.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "AMAZING! Trump Showed Kim Jong-Un Powerful Video Promising “A New World” 

I'm not going to make you watch this video, which is on virtually every right wing website this morning.  You can find it easily enough if you really want to see it.  It is one of the stupidest pieces of propaganda you will ever see.  Hopefully Kim got a good laugh out of it, because it sure didn't have any other effect on him.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "PRESIDENT TRUMP Shows Kim Jong Un an Inside View of “The Beast” After Historic Summit"

He showed him the inside of his car!  I bet that blew Kim away.  A massive diplomatic victory!  This is how pathetically far even a liar like Jim Hoft is having to go to find anything good to say about Trump's performance at this "summit."    Or how about this vital reporting:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Kim Jong-Un Arrives at Summit Meeting with President Trump – Carrying Briefcase (VIDEO)"

CARRYING BRIEFCASE!!1!111!!!!!    A major scoop missed by everyone else!

And oh, I guess we can afford to include a little something that isn't about the summit:

Pat Boone, World Net Daily:  "Warning: Divine judgment awaits Trump-haters"

Okay then.  Pat Boone.  Right. 

Pat quotes the Bible:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God … and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”

A Bible quotation that was appropriately suspended during the administration of a Black President, but then Republicans always know best about the will of God, right?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Kim Jong-un flies home to sell the deal to the North Korean ruling elite...In order for this deal to move forward and realize its potential, Kim is going to have to convince the rest of the Pyongyang power elite to go along. I now find myself in the shocking position of rooting for the brutal dictator to succeed."

Rooting for a dictator for the first time.  That's only because you were too young to have rooted for Hitler.

David Prentice, American Thinker:  "None of us, no one I have read, no one I know, expected Donald Trump to be a giant in foreign policy.  No one expected him to reshape the world."

And hey, if turning your back on our democratic allies in favor of love affairs with dictators makes you a giant, that's just what he is doing.  Hooray!

Joel Pollack, Breitbart:  "Nancy Pelosi Trashes Trump over North Korea Summit…But Called Iran Deal ‘Diplomatic Masterpiece"

That's called telling the truth, Joel, something I know you don't have a lot of familiarity with over there at Breitbart.  Oh well, when they've got nothing, I guess Pelosi is a good bet to fall back on.

Breitbart:  "Oncologists Protest After Officials Release Latest Cancer Revelation: DID GERMANY BURY A TRUE CURE FOR CANCER?"

Off topic again, but I just wanted to point out to you that you never see things like this at Daily Kos or Crooks and Liars.  I think I can be pretty confident in telling you that any website that promotes Cancer quacks can't be trusted about a single thing.

Well, enough of this.  The same pathetic rationalizations are everywhere in wingnut world today, but you've had a fair sample.  Let's just go out on this:

Before It's News:  "The Kim/Trump Summit, the Rothschilds and the Financial War Are All Linked"

Because of course they are.


The mainstream press, of course.  Two headlines in the Washington Post today about Donald Trump humiliating himself in front of a miserable 32 year old dictator:

"The summit was a triumph of Trumpian stagecraft. The media fell for it."

And as if deliberately trying to prove the truth of that comment, here is the current lead story in the Washington Post:

"Trump-Kim summit yields hope for breakthrough but no guarantees"

What it actually leaded was an utter collapse by The World's Greatest Deal Maker, and a gigantic loss for the United States, but God forbid that the Washington Post or any other mainstream news source should say that in clear language.  The media fell for it, all right. 

Nobody is making the media "fall for it," of course.  They are falling for it because that is what they are paid to do, and if it destroys the country in the process, so what, as long as the checks don't bounce.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Helpful Suggestion to Bring Back Coal

As everyone knows, there is nothing that means more to Green Eagle than helping our President come to the aid of the (white) working class that he cares so much about.  Of course, there is no white worker that Trump cares more about than coal miners, so Green Eagle wants to propose a sure fire plan to bring the coal industry roaring back to life in the United States:  coal powered cars!

Why didn't anyone ever think of that before?

Well, they did, so it's time for a little Green Eagle History Lesson.  In fact, here is the first car ever produced on a commercial basis, in the 19th century:
This was a steam car, which could be powered by wood or coal.  Of course, steam cars are not really very practical, so Green Eagle went looking for a car with a more traditional combustion engine which could be powered by ground coal.  It turns out that during the worst European fuel shortages during World War II, some cars were actually converted to run on ground coal injected into the cylinders.  Here's an example, from a certain European country famous for its involvement in the war:

And very visually appealing. Well, maybe that could work out today.  And of course, Trump might turn for inspiration to the following vehicle, also coal powered:
This truck is manufactured in that industrial powerhouse, Trump's new best friends, North Korea.

Well, here is my proposal for the executive actions that Trump might want to take:

First of all, declare a national emergency and remove all environmental restrictions on coal powered vehicles, which are of course massive sources of pollution.

Second, take a few billion dollars away from useless government programs like health care for children, who after all contribute nothing to the national economy, and devote it to a massive program to build plants to grind coal into fine dust, and work out whatever minor problems occur in modifying auto production to produce coal powered cars.

And third, ban any car company from the United States market that does not sell at least 20% coal powered vehicles.  This would make it impossible for virtually any foreign car company to sell cars in the U.S. since they depend on world-wide sales and no one on earth (except apparently in North Korea, not the world's most active car market) would want one of these things unless it was forced down their throats.  It would be a field day for American car companies and their inferior products.

And finally, designate the entire State of West Virginia as a site for mountaintop removal.  I mean, when you are on a roll, why not? 

This program would vastly increase the number of people needed in the coal industry, as well as screwing all those foreign car companies.  What's not to like?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Celebrate America, Hooah!!!

So as you may have heard, the spoiled little infant Trump "disinvited" the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles after it became clear that most of them were going to humiliate him by not showing up (hooray for them.)  Instead, he decided to hold a "Celebrate America" rally instead.  Oh boy!

Well, any long term readers of Green Eagle know how much I like to report on the actual size of right wing demonstrations, which is inevitably a huge embarrassment to them, or would be if the mainstream press didn't systematically ignore the truth.  So, here are a couple of pictures of today's event:

As usual,  I always try to base my comments on the evidence of the largest possible attendance at these events; let me note that I have spent a pretty fair time searching online, and these are the two photographs showing the largest views of the "crowd" at this pathetic sham rally.

Let me make a couple of observations about this.  First of all, the vast majority of all mainstream press accounts of this event carefully avoided showing a single view of the crowd, which from these pictures barely numbered a few hundred.  You know if the crowd were large, it would be all over the news, but I had a lot of trouble finding these two pictures.

Second, check out how many of the attendees are in suits, very unusual for a rally, but probably an indication that the majority of people in the crowd were Republican staffers; the number of voluntary attendees appears to be less than a hundred or two.  By way of reference, here's a crowd that spontaneously turned out to celebrate the Washington Capitals' victory in game three of the Stanley Cup:
And here is a photo of the crowd that attended the actual Philadelphia Eagles victory parade after this year's Super Bowl:

No comment necessary, I think.

So once again, the Republicans generate a synthetic media event, claim its pathetic turnout represents a majority of the American people, and the press dutifully reports the Republican party line as the truth.  In reality, there is no sign that the massively funded and Russian rigged "election" of Trump represents a damned thing except a collusion of rich sociopaths and a foreign dictator to seize control of our government, which seems to have worked, and will go on working as long as the press lets the lying continue.

Update:  Courtesy of Mock Paper Scissors, here is a photo of the "crowd" at Trump's event taken from the front:

At the risk of being repetitive:  I count 102 attendees in this photo, although I didn't try too hard to be super accurate, so I could be off by a few.  Yes, there are clearly some more people off to the sides, so let's be generous and say there were 200 in the audience, for an event that Trump publicized for a couple of days.  Furthermore, you can see that most of these people are clearly Republican staff members, not the sort of people that show up for rallies.  In brief, virtually nobody turned up at this jerk's pathetic, jingoistic event.  And yet that fact, which should be the clear message drawn from this humiliating occasion, has been totally ignored by the press.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Employment- Trump and the Press Collaborate Again

You have probably heard by now that Trump released the May job numbers AN HOUR EARLY!!! which has been widely reported everywhere, even though not one person in a thousand knew that this was not supposed to happen.  This gave the mainstream press a wonderful chance to hail the number of jobs gained in May as an absolutely unprecedented success, showing how great the economy is because Republicans are in charge again.

What is the reality behind these claims?  Well, let's look at a little evidence.  Here is a chart of monthly job gains since 2013:

Unprecedented success?  I have added the red line to illustrate the fact that there were 24 months in the last five years of the Obama administration with job gains greater than the number for last month, as well as two from the Trump administration.  So, what happened this last month was not so impressive after all.  In fact, it would be well to look at this chart to get a grasp on the truth:
Here is the truth in plain view:  A colossal explosion in unemployment was the result of the 2008 collapse of the economy, which was caused by Republican economic depredation.  Within short order, actions taken under the Obama administration, which would never have been considered under any Republican, set the unemployment rate on a steep downward path, which it has continued to follow, at least to this point in the Trump administration. 

The notion that Donald Trump, or any other Republican, deserves a shred of credit for this is patently ludicrous.  And yet the mainstream press has collaborated with the Republican party and the rich sociopaths that own it, to tell just that story, which the American people are, in large part, accepting as the gospel truth.  In fact, I saw a poll recently that suggests that once again the American public is turning to the idiotic and self-destructive notion that Republicans are better at running the economy than Democrats.

And that is how the Republican intend to win elections in November: through the ignorance of the American people, who are carefully fed a constant series of lies by the Republican owned mainstream press.  As I have stated so many times before, the number one rule of American politics is that the Democrats could crush the Republican party out of existence without effort; what they cannot do is crush the Republicans and the press working together.