Tuesday, December 31, 2019

US Embassy Attacked- Shut up about Benghazi!

So here's an item that, I suspect, will be pushed out of the news as fast as possible.  From the Washington Post:

"Protesters chanting ‘Death to America’ break into U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad... Hundreds of angry supporters of an Iranian-backed militia shouting "Death to America" broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, trapping diplomats inside in response to U.S. airstrikes that killed or wounded scores of militia fighters."
No, this is not Benghazi under Obama, it is Baghdad under Trump.

And this further information is, I think, hardly comforting:

"Supporters of an Iranian-backed militia besieged the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes, breaking through the first layer of security at the embassy compound and damaging a reception area before being expelled by Iraqi security forces."

Yes, the mighty United States military, so strong under Trump's wise leadership, was impotent to repel this attack on our own embassy, and had to rely on Iraqi troops to do it.

I have to say that if the Democrats in the House do not start multiple hearings about this event, and keep them up for every single day from now until the election, they are utter fools.  Not that I expect them to do the right thing, even when it is this obvious.

They Still Don't Get It

The press, I mean, even as liberal a news source as Daily Kos:

"Oddly committed to normalizing Trump by scrubbing off his hateful and dangerous rough edges, many in the Beltway press continue to play a strange game in which they refuse to describe what they clearly see in front of them. Whether it's the fear of Trump Twitter attacks or the nearly five-decade-long GOP campaign to demonize the "liberal media," newsrooms today nearly uniformly refuse to address the mounting, obvious signs that Trump is a deeply unstable man."

No, it is not either of these things that cause the press to continue to minimize the criminality of the worst President in history.  It is because, due to Republican "deregulation," virtually the entire mainstream press has fallen into the hands of the rich, who see their possession as nothing but a way to continue their stranglehold on the country.

And no, thankfully, sites like Daily Kos do not participate in this malignant misuse of our media, but comments like this one still display an utter lack of understanding of why the press acts the way it does.  As I have said many times before, the mainstream press is not the Republicans' dupes, they are their collaborators.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Republican Lie Machine Fires a New Cannon

Glancing at the wingnut web yesterday, I saw a story that I had missed entirely:
Diamond and Silk:  "BOMBSHELL: AG Barr Indicts 8 For Funneling Millions In Foreign Donations To Schiff, Clinton and Top Democrats"
Catholic Answers:  "Barr Indicts 8 for illegally funneling foreign money to Schiff, Hillary and several Dem senators"
State Department Watch:  "JUST LAST WEEK DOJ INDICTED 8 FOR FUNNELING MILLIONS IN FOREIGN DONATIONS TO ADAM SCHIFF AND DEMOCRATS… BUT SCHIFF HAS GALL TO ACCUSE TRUMP OF USING FOREIGN NATION TO CHEAT?"
Lucianne.com:  "Bill Barr Indicts 8 Including Mueller...Top Witness for Funneling Millions in  Foreign Donations to Adam Schiff,  Hillary Clinton and Top Senate Democrats"
Ace of Spades:  "Bill Barr's DOJ Indicts Pedophile/Mueller Source George Nader and Seven Others For Conspiring to Make Illegal Donations to Democrats, Including Adam Schiff...Bill Barr just broke up a massive scheme to illegally funnel foreign money into darn near every Democratic political candidate and organization. 
The list of the Dem organizations taking this illegal money is astounding – almost every Dem state organization and many super PAC’s including the big one Priorities USA.  All of the leading names in the Democratic party took in this money including Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu, Jon Tester, Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton, etc."

And on and on the posts on this "story" go.  There are literally dozens of articles about this in Republican world today; I counted 39 of them in the first five pages of hits when I did a Google search.

Of course, the story seems to have been originally spread by the biggest liar on the internet, Jim Hoft:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Bill Barr Indicts 8 Including Mueller Top Witness for Funneling Millions in Foreign Donations to Schiff, Hillary Clinton and Democrats — New Data Shows Bill and Hillary Involved...Bill Barr indicted eight individuals for illegally funneling foreign money to Adam Schiff, Hillary Clinton and several Democratic senators. 
The list of the Dem organizations taking this illegal money is astounding – almost every Dem state organization and many super PAC’s including the big one Priorities USA...All of the leading names in the Democratic party took in this money including Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu, Jon Tester, Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton, etc."
Curiously, I was unable to find a single article about this massive scandal in any mainstream publication.  After their swallowing of Republican lies about Benghazi and Hillary's e-mails, you know that they would have already been screaming about this for days.  But of course, the explanation for that is obvious, as clearly revealed by Mr. Hoft:
"The Liberal Media covered up a HUGE liberal campaign donations scandal last week.  A HUGE DEMOCRAT MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS SCANDAL WAS BROKEN UP!"
Of course, every media outlet in the country to the left of Joseph Goebbels covered it up! Not a single one of them reported on this gigantic scoop, for some reason.  That explains everything.

It has been obvious for some time that whatever damning evidence emerges about the corrupt, treasonous behavior of the Trump White House, Trump and his trained monkey of an Attorney General are going to fabricate a blizzard of lies accusing the Democrats of exactly the same thing, only on a much worse level.  We know the fix is in after the Inspector General utterly denied the Trumpian delusions about the investigations of his criminality, and Barr announced that there is another investigation covering the exact same territory, only conducted by a Ken Starr-like stooge who can be trusted to lie as easily as Trump and Barr.  

So here is just one installment in this plan: a completely fictitious scandal accusing the Democrats of crimes identical to the ones Trump committed.  Hold on to your seats, because for the next year, it is going to be one after another of these vicious smears, and sad to say, like the e-mail story, a couple of them might stick.

Green Eagle's Traditional Holiday Greeting

I post it every year.
And I hope you are all having as nice a holiday season as Cthulhu is.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Ultimate Degradation?

From the Independent, courtesy of my friend Curt, the following almost unbelievable news:
"China approves Donald Trump-branded spas, escort services, hotels and massage parlours without US Congress permission...
The 38 trademarks include new hotels, spas, escort and concierge services, massage parlors, personal security services and insurance, according to public documents."
Escort services and massage parlors.  Donald Trump has now reverted to his grandfather's business, which formed the basis of the family fortune, whore houses.

Trump is now running Chinese whore houses out of the White House.  If this wasn't Donald Trump we are talking about here, this would be totally unbelievable, but unfortunately it is all too easy to believe with him.

When is enough enough for the Republican party?  Do they really believe that running whore houses while President of the United States is not enough of a misdemeanor to throw this miserable excuse for a human being, who has installed as first lady a former porn star, out and put him in prison where he belongs?  How much are they willing to tolerate to get their corrupt judges and tax cuts for the rich?  And when will the rest of the American people finally say that we have had enough of this deliberate degradation of our country in front of the whole world, all to benefit a foreign dictator?

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup- Impeachment Edition

Yes, an abbreviated Wingnut Wrapup devoted to the reaction from the right to Trump's impeachment, on the day after it happened.  They usually have a lag of two or three days before they really get up to speed on things like this, so there will certainly be more, and worse, but here's  a pretty good sample of the graciousness with which they have accepted the current application of the will of their blessed founding fathers:
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Mark Levin: Nancy Pelosi's Latest Impeachment Stunt Is Brazenly Unconstitutional..."Nancy Pelosi was apparently advised by leftwing Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe to delay sending the impeachment to the Senate. So she’s unilaterally sitting on the impeachment. This is another brazen unconstitutional act," Levin wrote Thursday morning on his Facebook page."
Ha ha, Constitutional law scholar, and the most vicious right wing talk show host out there, Mark Levin, telling us that the greatest expert on the Constitution in the country doesn't know what he is talking about.  And what to do about this savaging of our precious Constitution?
"Here’s what Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans must do in response: The Senate has the sole power under the Constitution to adjudicate an impeachment. Therefore, Pelosi is attempting to obstruct the Senate’s power to act on its constitutional authority. McConnell should immediately put an end to this and declare the impeachment null and void as the speaker has failed to complete the impeachment process by timely sending it to the Senate for adjudication" 
Nothing in the Constitution about timely sending, of course, except in the part written in invisible ink that only wingnuts can read, but really, Levin's suggestion isn't any worse than the way the Republicans intend to act anyway.
Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Former Florida AG Pam Bondi, who's helping represent Trump during the impeachment trial, mused that the speaker just wants to withhold those articles because "she wants to say for a bit longer" that Trump has been impeached."
Nancy Pelosi can say that Trump has been impeached until the end of time, Cortney.  Deal with it.  And let's not forget that this is the same Pam Bondi who dropped fraud charges against Trump in return for a campaign contribution.

Now, let's take a break for some right wing humor, shall we?
Bet you got a chuckle out of that, huh?  By the way, given how the last several Republican Presidencies have worked out, this might actually be a good idea.
Chris Stigall, Town Hall:  "When Inspector General Horowitz was called to testify before the Senate last week...Horowitz was also repeatedly asked to explain what he found related to political bias within the agency that led to flagrantly abusive behaviors and violated policies.  Again and again, Horowitz demurred.  Frankly, it was hard to watch."
It was hard to watch that their own hand picked inspector general could not find a thing to substantiate their conspiracy theories.
"All honest people know a phony, baseless political document paid for by Trump’s political opposition was used as justification to trick a court into granting permission to spy on the Trump campaign."
Or to be more direct, all dishonest people, since that has been proven to be a lie.
Matt Vespa, Red State:  "Constitutional Crisis? Pelosi Threatens to Withhold Impeachment Articles from Senate Republicans"
It's not a Constitutional crisis when their guy tries to turn the country into a dictatorship, but it is one when the Speaker waits a couple of days before passing a piece of legislation on to the Senate, in an act mentioned nowhere in the Constitution.
Nick Arama, Red State:  "Trump Laughs At Impeachment At Michigan Rally: ‘I’m Having a Great Time’
Because he is positive that corrupt Senate Republicans will crush any attempt to remove him, no matter how criminal his behavior is.  That is a thing of pride to Trump supporters.
Stu Cvrk, Red State:  "The Clintons have a long habit of not admitting past criminal behavior and then, when caught, doing everything possible to weasel out of accountability through delays, prevaricating, and legal maneuvering"
Of course, we all know who has that habit. Just a reminder that it's all about someone else.  And projection.  There's always the projection.  This is from an article claiming that indictments against Hillary for who knows what are going to happen any day now, despite there being absolutely no evidence of such a thing happening.  And face it, with Barr as Attorney General, it is a real possibility.
Streiff, Red State:  "The Left and NeverTrump Creates Yet Another Fake Controversy Over a Dead Democrat Joke"
Because, what could ever be wrong about a taunt about a recently dead Democrat?

And how about a little more right wing humor?

See, they didn't say what Republicans want, so they were duds.
Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Impeachment Won't Be the Black Mark on Trump's Record the Left Thinks It Will Be"
Not among his rabid followers.  They have proven long ago that no disgraceful behavior on his part will affect them in any way.
Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "GOP Congressman Greg Pence Calls Impeachment Hoax “Bullsh*t to the 4th Degree” 
Well, I guess he sure told them.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "US STOCKS SOAR! Dow and S&P Score New Highs the Day after Slapdash Impeachment"
This may be my favorite item of the day: stocks soar at the prospect that Trump might be removed from office, and it's a good thing for Trump.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Honest Democrat Jonathan Turley: “You Could Impeach Every Living President” on These Type of Allegations"
"Honest Democrat" and decades-long right wing hack for Fox News, Jonathan Turley, elevated to the status of Constitutional scholar through his willingness to say anything that promotes Republicans.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "They Don’t Even Hide It Anymore: FakeNews WaPo Hacks Post Celebratory Tweet After Democrats Impeach President Trump"
Sorry to set you straight, Jim, but any American who does not celebrate this impeachment is betraying our country.  And with this item, Jim once again wins the coveted Wingnut Wrapup hat trick for writing three monumentally stupid posts in one day.  Jim is by far the leader in winning this award, so we will see him back here soon, I am sure.

And how about a final dose of right wing humor for today?


Man, that one sure tickled my funnybone.  What a bunch of cards those Republicans are. "Throne of lies," what a great line.  And by the way, why is Nancy being yelled at by an elf?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Pelosi Loses It – Fights to Keep Her Teeth From Falling Out of Her Face as She Shouts at Reporters Following Trump Impeachment Vote"
Well, that's the level on which they intend to fight this battle.  And of course it isn't true.  Does anyone think that someone of Pelosi's economic status would not have implants rather than dentures?
Washington Sentinel:  "Impeachment Continues to Be a Cash Cow for RNC, Trump Reelection Campaign"
Well, grifting money from their stupid base is all they ever care about, so who is surprised to see them gloating over it.
Andrew West, Washington Sentinel:  "Vladimir Putin Defends Donald Trump After House Passes Articles of Impeachment"
Well, that should be an item of great pride to Republican voters.


I could go on and on with stuff like this, but it all got totally repetitive at this point- those talking points are there for a reason, you know.  More to come, I am sure, sad to say.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

...Aaand...



And the Republicans' reply? Again, from the Washington Post:

The GOP’s closing impeachment argument: Denying basic facts

And that is pretty much how this entire episode in American history will be remembered.  There is absolutely nothing the Democrats can do to stop the criminal Republicans from collaborating with this malignant traitor, but what they did today and what Senate Republicans will do now will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

‘Our time there ended up being worthless’: Voices from the war in Afghanistan

This is the headline at the Washington Post website right now.

At the risk of being accused of gloating, I wish to point out that, early in the history of my blog, I stated that the first thing Obama should do upon becoming President was to declare that Bush and Cheney, in turning their attention to the American aggression against Iraq, had so irredeemably destroyed the American effort in Afghanistan that our war there was hopelessly lost, and he was withdrawing all American troops before any more lives could be lost in this miserably botched endeavor.

Just to show that speaking the obvious truth has not only with Trump become grounds for dismissal from the conversation.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Look to Kavanaugh

Boy, wouldn't you love to come up in front of this judge.

If anyone has any doubt what the Senate Republicans have in store for the trial of the patently guilty Donald Trump, they only have to look at the way that those same Republicans handled the investigation into the appointment of the grotesquely unfit Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.

This sham investigation included:
Tens of thousands of pages of information about Kavanaugh's history that the White House refused to turn over, with the collaboration of Senate Republicans.
Multiple vital witnesses to the accusations which were never even talked to, let alone allowed to testify, at the behest of the White House.
Vicious, lying attacks on the limited witnesses that were allowed to testify, both from the White House and Senate Republicans.
Massive synthetic outrage from Senate Republicans, designed to obscure the facts in a maelstrom of anger and distortion.
And finally, a party-line vote to place this disgusting creature on the Supreme Court, with Republicans totally ignoring his unbelievable performance on national TV showing his clear unsuitability to be any sort of judge.

Well, get ready, because we are about to see an unashamed repeat of this disgraceful dereliction of duty in the upcoming Senate trial.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup

I want to start here with a comment a Republican Senator made during the Horowitz hearings today:

"Isn't the lack of evidence in itself evidence? The lack of evidence of bias is not evidence that there was no bias."  

No, and it's not evidence that Santa Claus does not exist, or that Obama is not the antichrist, either.  It is, however, evidence that a massive Inspector General investigation could find no bias in the efforts to unmask Trump's treason.

Now, before beginning today, I feel it necessary to make a comment.  As some of my readers may know, I have been following the right wing in this country for about half a century now.  When I first started, the sort of thing that might make it into Wingnut Wrapup was little more than an irrational curiosity that existed only on the very fringes of our political world. That has all changed now.  At this point, the entire Republican party has given itself up to a unified, and utterly false, view of reality in which all Democrats are satanic pedophiles out to dominate the world, Republicans of the Donald Trump ilk are great patriots despite openly selling the country out to our greatest enemy, any effort to help anyone other than the already rich is a malignant plot, our most long-term allies are really committed to destroying us, equality is a Communist plot, there are no rights other than the right to whatever you can pay for, and on and on.  When you read what is below, it will no longer seem like some strange vision from a mirror world, but the constant product of all Republican leaders, spreading these lies in concert.  That takes a lot of the fun out of seeing this mountain of grotesque lies.

Town Hall:  "On Monday afternoon, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his highly-anticipated report into the origins of the Russia/Trump investigation, as well as possible FISA abuses.  Both political parties are claiming vindication, with much of the media parroting the pro-Democratic spin, per usual."
"Parroting the pro-Democratic spin," i.e. saying what is actually in the report, rather than screaming out the endless Republican distortions.
Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Yes, Ukraine Meddled in Our 2016 Election. That's Not a Baseless 'Conspiracy.'
Yes, it is, Guy, which you know perfectly well, unless you take the word "baseless conspiracy" to mean one that doesn't help Republicans lie their way into the White House again.

Here, by the way is Guy's grounds for this lie:
"Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office."
In other words, for stating the obvious truth, that he was grotesquely unfit to be our President.  Speaking the truth is questioning Trump, and clearly nobody who is not a Republican (or a Russian) has the slightest right to speak the truth.  And, luckily for the non-truth, no Republican in recent memory has had any interest in the truth.
Julio Rosas, Town Hall:  "Fox News Swats Down James Comey's Claim His Appearance on 'Fox & Friends' Was Canceled"
If by "swats down," you mean "lies about it."
Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "DOJ IG: FISA Application for Spy Warrants Against Trump Official Riddled with Errors"
Of course, Matt does not seem to be concerned that it also totally destroyed all the Republican lies about the investigation of Trump.  That is not important, but clerical errors are vital.
Julio Rosas, Town Hall:  "'This Was an Attempted Overthrow': Trump Holds Nothing Back After IG Report Is Released"
Trump holds no lie back...what a surprise.
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "AG Barr: IG Report Makes Clear the FBI Launched an Invasive Investigation on Thinnest of Suspicions"
Barr does not make that clear, because it is a gigantic lie.  Barr did claim that, but that does not make it true.
Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "GOP Rep Introduces Motion Against Witness After His Character Assassination of Trump..."The witness has used language which impugns the motives of the president and suggests he's disloyal to his country and those words should be stricken from the record and taken down," (GOP Rep. Mike) Johnson said."
I.e. the witness told the truth, and therefore his answers should be stricken from the record on the remote chance that any Trump supporter should hear about what he said, in between the relentless din of Republican lies.
Bonchie, Red State:  "Happy Receipt Day: Here’s a Reminder of the ‘Conservatives’ Who Insisted FISA Abuse Was a Conspiracy Theory"
A Republican claim which was totally rejected by Trump's own apppointed IG, but you would never know that from reading the right wing press.
Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Former DOJ Official: Durham’s Statement Means “He’s Got the Goods on Somebody”
Let's just ignore the exhaustive Inspector General's report that totally destroys Trump's claims, and pretend that some sort of cryptic statement from another investigator who has said nothing in public, means that Trump was right.
Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Daisy Ridley May Have Just Hurt the Next Star Wars Film by Denigrating Trump Supporters"
Just thought I'd throw that one in, as a reminder of how little it takes to set Republicans off on a whining jag.
Nick Arama, Red State:  "IG Report: Steele Briefed Reporters, Met With Clinton Lawyers, Asked FBI About Announcing Investigation Into Trump Team"
All of which was completely legal and proper, but will still serve as an excuse for Republicans to boil over with indignation.
Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Pelosi and Nadler Voted Against Clinton's Articles of Impeachment"
See, if you voted to acquit the innocent, it is a crime if you don't vote to acquit the guilty.  Particularly when the innocent guy was a Democrat and the guilty one was a Republican.
Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Five Times Obama Put Conditions on Foreign Aid and Democrats Didn’t Care"
Because Obama's conditions were to promote the interests of the country, not himself.
Victoria Taft, PJ Media:  "Trump on IG Report: 'This Was an Attempted Overthrow... We Caught ‘em Red-Handed'
Just an out and out lie from Trump. Nothing to see there.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "During Impeachment Announcement: Serial Liar Adam Schiff Accuses Trump of Cheating to Win 2016 Election — A COMPLETE LIE!"
No Jim, a complete truth.  What would a Wingnut Wrapup be without a visit from the Stupidest Man On The Internet?
Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "IT’S OFFICIAL: Mueller Targeted the Four Individuals Deep State Illegally Spied On – Carter Page, General Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort"
Flynn-Convicted.  Papadopoulis-convicted.  Manafort-convicted. Page- the Mueller report never got the evidence from the Trump administration.  See, Joe, that is what investigators do: target the guilty.  Maybe nobody ever told you that.
Gateway Pundit:  "WATCH: Rep. Greg Steube GOES OFF On Partisan Democrat Lawyer Barry Berke During Monday Impeachment Hearing"
I'm including this item as a perfect example of how the right wing propaganda machine works.  Their dupes never see a shred of the actual testimony, just a lying rant delivered by a Republican totally denying the evidence right in front of them.
Art Moore, Renew America:  "Horowitz: Obama FBI misled court to spy on Trump campaign"
And another example of the same thing.
Hans van Spakovsky, Daily Signal:  "Liberal law professors at hearing fail to make case for impeachment"
And more of the same.  Don't get the answers you wanted, just tell your stupid, ignorant followers that you did.  By the way, let's not forget that Hans van Spakovsky is a right wing religious loon, and one of the worst vote suppressors in Republican history.  Not a nice guy.
Joe Saunders, Western Journal:  "Lindsey Graham: Report shows FBI ran a 'criminal enterprise' against Trump"
More lies from Lindsey.  Once again, if the real investigation doesn't turn up what you wanted, just lie and say it did.
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Horowitz offers sound bites to Dems, facts to Republicans"
More of the same lies.  If you are a right winger, it is coming at you from a thousand sources today.
Washington Examiner:  "ANALYSIS: Durham's Russia origins investigation looms over Horowitz FISA report"
The Horowitz investigation proved that Trump was lying, so let's give the Republicans a chance to hire someone even sleazier to "find" the evidence Trump wants.  After all, that's the tactic that worked with the corrupt right wing hatchet man Ken Starr, after the first Republican investigator found nothing wrong with what Clinton did. 
Matt Abbot, Renew America:  "'Our Lord...could not grow in the womb of a sinner'"
Who the fuck cares?
Peter Lemiska, Renew America:  "Explaining the impeachment yawn to befuddled Democrats"
In fact, impeachment is the number one concern expressed in real polls by Americans, half of whom want him removed from office.  You will not be surprised, I am sure, that Peter has absolutely no facts of any kind to back up the Republican claim that Americans are not interested in seeing this criminal held responsible for the systematic misuse of his power.
Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Why I sued for George Zimmerman?"
Because you are a lying scum who will do anything to get attention or bilk wingnuts of their money.  Like all of your lawsuits, Larry, it will be thrown out of court, but not before you can use it to fatten your bank account.
Joel Pollack, Breitbart:  "Adam Schiff Fails to Show Up at Impeachment Hearing"
A hearing of the Judiciary committee, of which he is not a member.  If he had shown up, Republicans would be screaming that he was desperate for attention and attempting to swing the vote.
“The star witness failed to show up!” exclaimed Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)."
Schiff was, of course, not a witness at all, and whatever knowledge he has of Trump's treason is included in his committee's report.
World Net Daily:  "Rush Limbaugh: Despite Pelosi's denial, Democrats DO hate Trump"
If they don't they are crazy. 
Jack Davis, Western Journal:  "Nadler accused of treason as protester crashes impeachment hearing: 'Americans are sick of your impeachment scam'
Protester...and Infowars host.  If you believe the Sandy Hook shooting was fake, the government did 9-11 and controls the weather, maybe you should believe this.
Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "So Obama knew all along about the FBI bid to spy on his rival...Obama stands exposed."
Exposed of what? Of investigating a traitor who conspired with a foreign dictator to cheat his way into the Presidency?  Boy, that sure is a crime.
Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Trump trolls the left on Impeachment Day, intentionally meeting with Russia's Lavrov"
Because that is the President's job- trolling the left.  And selling the country out to Putin.
Jeff Poor, Breitbart:  "Grassley on IG Findings: If FBI Could Violate Trump’s Constitutional Rights, It Could Happen to Anybody in America"
Of course, the IG found that the FBI did not violate Trump's Constitutional rights, but so what?
Charlie Spierling, Breitbart:  "Promises Kept: Donald Trump Celebrates Life Goal of Replacing NAFTA"
Oh, grow up, Charlie.  Trump probably never heard of NAFTA before he ran for President, didn't have a clue what was in it, and didn't give a damn about it unless he could make money off of it.
Newstarget:  "We are all George Zimmerman now"
I believe that, guys.  You would all like to go out and murder a few innocent black teenagers.

And let's just go out on a couple of nice Christmas posts:
Ethan Huff, Newstarget:  "Merry DEMONIC Christmas: Walmart, Target, and Amazon all sell books that teach children as young as five how to summon demons"
A good trick, being as how there are no such things as demons.
Lloyd Marcus, American thinker:  "Trump makes Christmas about Jesus again"
Fuck you, Lloyd.  Just fuck you.  What do you think the real Jesus will have to say about that claim when you meet him on judgment day?

Well, this is one day when I could go on and on virtually forever.  But I think you've got the idea already.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Future of Evangelical America

I want to quote from this extremely frightening article today in the Washington Post:

 ‘Soldiers of Jesus’: Armed neo-Pentecostals torment Brazil’s religious minorities
DUQUE DE CAXIAS, Brazil — There was a pounding at the door. Strange, the priest thought: He wasn’t expecting anyone. Marcos Figueiredo hurried to the entrance of his home temple and opened it.
Guns. Three of them. All pointing at him.
The “Soldiers of Jesus” had arrived — three members of a gang of extremist evangelical Christians who’d seized control of the impoverished Parque Paulista neighborhood in Duque de Caxias. First, they erected roadblocks to keep away cops and create a narcotics haven an hour’s drive from Rio de Janeiro. Now they were targeting anyone whose faith didn’t align with their own...Priests have been killed. Children have been stoned. An elderly woman was seriously injured. Death threats and taunts are common."

This is the end game of the phony religion of Evangelical Christianity, and this is our fate here in the United States if we do not put a stop to their would-be tyranny and the politicians who cater to it.  And anyone who still thinks differently is hiding his head in the sand, waiting patiently for these so-called "Christians" to come along and lop it off.  It is no different from the masses of religious maniacs that plague the Muslim world, and it will come to the same disastrous end if we do not have the resolve to put a stop to it.

That's it- that's all I have to say about the subject. People who still don't see it at this point are pretty much beyond reaching with evidence or good faith.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

A Minor Statistic

A few days ago, three US military personnel were murdered on an air base in Florida, by a Saudi pilot who was there for flight training.

Including 9/11, this brings the number of Americans murdered by Saudi pilots in the United States to 2980, or over 97% of the total number of Americans murdered by all Islamists in this country since 1980. 

This has produced a decades-long campaign of vilification against Iran and a war of aggression which killed a million civilians in Iraq, neither of which countries has ever been found guilty of a terrorist act on US soil.

The action taken against Saudi Arabia?  None.  In fact, the last Republican President maintained his close family ties with the family of the leader of the 9/11 attack, and the current Republican President has had extensive business dealings with the Saudis, and wants to send thousands of American troops to aid the Saudi dictators.


What kind of fucked up country, what kind of fucked up party does such a thing?  Couldn't we at least have a ban on Saudi military personnel and Saudi airlines in the US?  Or some sort of action?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Green Eagle's Pocket Impeachment History

There have, as we all know, been four impeachment attempts directed at American Presidents.  As the impeachment of Donald Trump draws near, I hear more and more narratives that imply that, as with Trump, these impeachments revolved around Presidential corruption.  That false narrative is one more specimen of Republican spin intended to excuse the behavior of one of their own, but like all Republican spin, it is being happily gobbled up by a large part of the mainstream press.  I would, therefore, like to briefly consider the three previous impeachments and what they were really about.

1.  Andrew Johnson


Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

There were no accusations of corruption surrounding Johnson.  Here is what he did after becoming President when Lincoln was assassinated, which resulted in his impeachment:  I do not want to get too long winded here, but Johnson conspired with unrepentant former Southern slave owners to pass legislation that would effectively have reintroduced slavery.  After the years of war and the hundreds of thousands of dead Americans who fought to preserve the union and end slavery, enough members of Congress would not tolerate throwing away the gains and voted to impeach Johnson; although a largely party line vote in the Senate prevented the two thirds majority that would have removed him from office.  In any event, it put and end to his schemes, and history moved on.  I repeat, as hateful as his scheming was, it was not corruption.

2.  Richard Nixon




Nixon did certainly commit crimes, and they certainly were impeachable.  When faced with the inevitable, he resigned.  Nevertheless, there was never any claim that he had used the Presidency to enrich himself and his family, or to align himself with hostile foreign governments, against the security interests of the American people, two forms of treachery which are virtually daily occurrences with Trump.

Some years later, when I lived in Europe, I had European friends ask me how Nixon could have been removed over what seemed to them to be relatively minor misdeeds.  Here was my explanation:  Throughout Nixon's career, there had always been two competing narratives about him:  Nixon the brilliant politician and statesman, master of realpolitik, and Nixon, to be blunt, the crook.  Enough people were induced to accept the first narrative, to elect him twice.  But the details of his behavior in the Watergate scandal were simply inconsistent with this tale, leaving the crook narrative the only one that could account for his behavior; and thus his legitimacy in the eyes of the American people evaporated.  I must note that the Republican party learned a huge lesson from Nixon:  today's Republican base has been so thoroughly propagandized that no revelation of Trump's debased character can get through to them.

3.  Bill Clinton


Clinton Impeachment

Let's just get to the point here:  However we may disapprove of Clinton having gotten a little sex with an adult intern, it was hardly just grounds for impeachment.  The Republican impeachment of Clinton certainly did involve corruption, but the corruption was theirs, not his.  It was, in fact, the worst partisan abuse of Congressional power in the history of the country, carried out through a mixture of revenge for Nixon's removal, and the now open belief that nobody but Republicans has a right to be President or to run Congress, regardless of the views of the American people, and regardless of what it takes to prevent Democrats from participating in the government.

4. Trump

I'm not going to go over a history which we all know too well.  I will just say that Trump has committed literally hundreds of impeachable acts, on a virtually daily basis, in the three years that he has been President.  These range from "minor" acts like his 14,000 lies, through endless self dealing, obstruction and perversion of justice, appointing people to positions for the sole purpose of frustrating established law (a Constitutional violation itself,) witness intimidation, ignoring established law, and all the way up to clearly treasonous behavior, as he has over and over again favored the interests of a foreign dictator over the security of the country.  This is a record of criminality that dwarfs the combined misdeeds of every other President in our history.  It is laughable that Republicans can ignore all of this, but they have set themselves on a course to do exactly that.


In summation, we have one President, Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign due to a series of actions that could be regarded as rising to the level of corruption, one who was impeached over a very legitimate issue of his misuse of power, and one who was impeached in an act of Republican partisan revenge.  There is no precedent for the malignant behavior of Trump, and the notion that his conduct does not justify removal is in itself a blow directed at the mechanisms of democracy.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A British Electoral Tragedy

I am not English, but I am going to presume on my having been a research student at Cambridge to make my opinion known about the upcoming general election there.

It is an absolutely abysmal act of political malfeasance that, given that the Tories have pushed Britain to the brink of complete political and economic collapse, that the left could not find a better candidate to run against them than the utterly useless Jeremy Corbyn.  Britain and the world are going to pay a massive price for this act of partisan irresponsibility.

Well, that's my feeling anyway.  I don't think I need say any more.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Just a thought

When narwhal tusks are illegal, only criminals will have narwhal tusks.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Deal Maker Strikes Again

The world's Greatest Deal Maker has done it again- made one of the most consequential diplomatic deals of the century.

No, not between the United States and another country; the deal he has brought about is between two other countries.

Here are the details of this epochal agreement, which has been almost totally ignored by the mainstream press, while they have been busy declaring the impeachment of the President for extortion and bribery a boring snooze fest.  From the Telegraph (yes, people in England do seem to have noticed this story:)

"China signs defence agreement with South Korea as US angers Seoul with demand for $5bn troop payment... 

The defence ministers of South Korea and China have agreed to develop their security ties to ensure stability in north-east Asia, the latest indication that Washington’s long-standing alliances in the region are fraying.  

An editorial in Monday’s edition of The Korea Times warned that the security alliance between (the US and South Korea) “may fall apart due to Washington’s blatantly excessive demands”.  

Mr Trump has previously threatened to withdraw US troops if his demands are not met, with the editorial accusing the president of regarding the Korea-US mutual defence treaty “as a property deal to make money”.

The vast majority of Koreans agree, with a recent survey by the Korea Institute for National Reunification showing that 96 per cent of people are opposed to Seoul paying more for the US military presence."

Get it? One of our oldest and most vital defense agreements in Asia is being thrown in the trash can by Trump, and our former steadfast friend is now turning to its long term enemy for help; an action which must bring a glow of happiness to Russia and China.  This is a catastrophic failure, the frightening implications of which we cannot afford to ignore.  It is one more time that a former ally has been forced to turn to our enemies for a defense pact; the same thing happened in Ukraine.


"Daniel Pinkston, a professor of international relations at the Seoul campus of Troy University, was more blunt in his assessment. 

“It’s just extortion”, he told The Telegraph. “It’s little more than a mob boss going around and demanding protection money."

Just like Ukraine, as I said.  This man is nothing but a criminal in thrall to a foreign dictator, and he is openly working to destroy our country.  Meanwhile, every member of his party works constantly to devise some sort of lie that makes this treachery seem okay.

We are on the edge of a precipice, with one leg over the edge, and this story is being almost totally ignored.  It is hard to imagine a situation more terrible for our country, and most Americans will never even hear about it, let alone understand its significance or care. God help us.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Removing Trump

The new oval office?

We hear over and over again that, if the Democratic House impeaches Trump, he cannot be removed from office, because it would be impossible to get 20 Republican Senators to stop cowering in fear of the deranged base they spent decades creating, in order to provide the two thirds majority needed to ditch him.

This is almost certainly true, but all is not lost.  As usual, this argument comes from people who talk about the Constitution without having really read it very thoroughly.

Here is what the Constitution actually says about the Senate trial that follows impeachment:

Article I, Section 3, Clauses 6 and 7:
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present"

Note that the vote required is not two thirds of all senators, but two thirds of those who are present.

So here is my plan:  Let the Senate, including all of the many Republicans that want nothing to do with this idiot, vote to finally honor Trump with a gigantic military parade, perhaps celebrating his glorious, total victory over the Kurds, who have always been our enemies.

Something like this would be appropriate, I think.

Make it clear that any Republican that does not come to the parade will be chewed alive by Trump's base.  Then, in tacit agreement with Mitch McConnell, a Senate vote to convict will be held during the parade, allowing Trump to be kicked out of office by a unanimous vote of those Senators who are present, all of which will be Democrats; at which point, Trump could be frog marched off of the reviewing stand and thrown in the street, and all the troops in the parade can go home and enjoy the rest of the afternoon with their families.

Cue the deafening screeching and yelling by the Republicans, which may go on for years; but who gives a damn as long as Trump is gone?

Of course, nothing will stop Trump from declaring the next day that he is still running to be re-elected, like it or not.  Some may be tempted to point out that the Constitution also says:

"Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor"

At this point it is necessary for me to digress and repeat a few lines from a scene in "My Little Chickadee" in which W. C. Fields tries to lure a rube into playing poker with him.



Rube:  "Poker...but isn't that gambling?"
Fields:  "Not the way I play it, no."

Trump's answer to the Constitution, and I must confess that he is likely on firm legal ground here, is that as long as he is in the White House, being President is not an "office of honor."  Might work, who knows?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Separated at Birth?

By sheer coincidence yesterday I came across one of those clickbait stories at the bottom of a post, about Schlitzie the Pinhead.


Schlitzie was one of the most famous sideshow attractions in his day, appearing at the top circuses, and having a featured role in Tod Browning's cult film, "freaks." He had the mentality of about a four year old, and loved being in the circus.

Well, just saying:


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Taking Us Down the Road to Hell

The mainstream press, which has apparently made up their minds how they want the 2020 elections to work out.

From the Washington Post (passed off as a paragon of the liberal press) today:
"On eve of open hearings, GOP and Democrats lay out competing cases
The memos show the parties are fundamentally at odds over everything from key pieces of evidence to the legitimacy of the process."
I heard the same thing on NPR this morning, which did a long segment on the "competing narratives" about impeachment coming from our two political parties.

Neither one of these miserable excuses for journalists thought it worth mentioning that one of these "narratives" is true and the other, as they all know damned well, is a compendium of vicious lies. 

And that is what we are going to get this time around, just as we have had stuffed down our throats every election for decades.  One side is telling the truth and the other side is lying; but that is of no significance.  Maybe Trump is the bad guy, maybe it's Biden and Hillary. Who can say?

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chutzpah

Donald Trump was today fined two million dollars because his "charity" diverted a large part of the money it gathered (some, for example, supposedly for kids with cancer) into the pockets of himself and his family.  The judge in the case determined that the money should go to a number of charities, which were selected as part of the court process.

Trump's statement about this humiliation?

"I am therefore happy to donate $2 million to the following worthy charities..."

He donated the money!  Not, he was fined two million dollars for criminal activity; he donated the money!  It was a noble thing that he did, getting fined two million dollars for an abominable criminal act.  And he's happy to be fined the two million dollars.  He's proud of his generosity!

Was there ever a more degraded human?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup

So Gordon Sondland, Trump's only defender that we know of in the impeachment hearings, suddenly changed his story today, and instead of denying that there was a quid pro quo demanded of Ukraine, admitted that there was.  Enough, finally, for Republicans to admit that maybe something was wrong with Trump's behavior? Of course not; they just have to amp up the lying:
Julio Rosas, Town Hall:  "Mark Meadows: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Does NOT Confirm Quid Pro Quo" 
I have gone back to writing Wingnut Wrapups because the level of right wing deceit that is going to be necessary to counter the truth, which is beginning to spill out like water over Niagara Falls, is staggering.  Yet tens of millions are going to at least claim they believe this malignant nonsense; this is going to form the foundation of Trump's campaign to be elected, and we had better be ready for it.

Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "WATCH: Project Veritas Confronts CNN President on His Personal Vendetta to Get President Trump Impeached"
This is like "Project Veritas Confronts George Washington on His Personal Vendetta to Capture Benedict Arnold."  It is not a "vendetta" when the guy you are trying to stop is a traitor, it's an act of patriotism.
Scott Morefield, Town Hall:  "It’s Time For Republicans To STOP Whining About The ‘Process’ And Defend This President"
Good luck with that, buddy.  They don't have a defense, seeing as how he confessed on TV to the crime.
Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "Dead Terrorist Who Filmed Murders and Tortures Hailed by Many Democrats and Pundits"
Bullshit.
Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Warren Acknowledges Medicare For All Will Displace Health Insurance Workers."
This is presented as something horrible.  To me, it's pretty much like complaining that drug laws are unfair because they take jobs away from Heroin dealers.
Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Well, We Now Know Who President Trump’s Enemies Are at The State Department"
Yeah, everyone there who gives a damn about our country.
Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "Donald Trump Wanted To Build a Giant Crystal Mega-Church"
Where, on Mars?  Come on, how pathetic can you get, defending this man?  We all know that he might have collected millions for this crystal church, but that he would have just kept the money, as he always did with his "charities."
Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Children Played ‘Build the Wall’ at White House Halloween Party; Liberal Heads Explode"
It always amuses me how wingnuts imagine that every piggish thing they do causes liberals endless pain.  I have never heard one word about this story from sources that could be considered liberal, but I have now seen it multiple times on right wing websites.
Michael Van Der Galien, PJ Media:  "NeverTrumpism Is a Mental Illness"
To Republicans, every decent instinct is a mental illness.
Newsmax:  "Dr. James Dobson: Dems abuse impeachment process"
Because we always turn for advice on constitutional law to a crooked TV evangelist.
World Net Daily:  "Authorities link Bibles and porn in communist campaign"
How dare they?  Oh, maybe this has something to do with it:
"A state-level analysis has found that religion is correlated to searches for online pornography in the USA.
The study, published in the The Journal of Sex Research, found that states with a higher percentage of Evangelical Protestants, theists, or biblical literalists had a higher proportion of Google searches for “porn” from January 1, 2011, to July 31, 2016. The same was true of states with higher average levels of religious service attendance.  States with more individuals who didn’t identify with a religion, on the other hand, tended to have proportionally less Google searches for pornography."
Communists- there they go, telling the truth again.
Larry Klayman, World Net Daily:  "Depoliticize and disinfect federal judges...The chief justice of the Supreme Court, the ever leftist-oriented John Roberts..."
Ever leftist John Roberts.  That's pretty much where I tuned out on this garbage, although I will note that Larry's article seems to be motivated by Federal judges having thrown out two of his endlessly bogus lawsuits in one day.
World Net Daily:  "Taliban kicked Jews out of prison for arguing too much"
Finally, a World Net Daily story that I can believe.
Ted Noel, American Thinker:  "Hillary's Health Coming Up Again"
Coming up.  By Ted Noel, whoever the hell he is.  Because of course it is; Republican smears never die.  Ted apparently wrote a number of times during the 2016 campaign that Hillary had Parkinson's disease.  Now, four years later, and absent a shred of evidence that she does, and with her being a private citizen and all now, he feels it necessary to try to spread this lie again.
Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Why Is Vindman a War Hero but Flynn a Traitor?"
Oh I don't know, maybe because Flynn is a convicted felon, having confessed to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians, while Vindmann told the truth. That's my guess.  Got a different explanation, Daniel?  Oh yeah, deep state something something.
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Pelosi in 1998: Impeachment has a ‘traumatic impact on the confidence that the American people have in government’
That may be true, Thomas, but it doesn't change the fact that Trump is a traitor.  Nice try though.
Newsmax:  "Doctors Stunned: Bible Scripture Crushes Cancer With Zero Side Effects"
Why do we never see good news like this at liberal sites like Daily Kos?
Amanda House, Breitbart:  "Watch Live: Activists Hold Second Amendment Rally on Capitol Hill"
I did! And here are a couple of views from the rally:


That'll put the fear into those gun grabbers!  Seriously, if I can be serious for a moment, it is this sort of thing that leads me to believe that when the great Civil War Part Two comes along, virtually none of these freedom blabbers will show up.  Okay, back to the comedy.
Breitbart:  "How To Entirely Empty Your Bowels Every Morning"
Please, I don't want to know. Not if it actually involves reading this article.  P.S.- this is the title of a real article at Breitbart today, I swear to God.
Branson Stocking, Town Hall:  "Steve Scalise Says Law Required Trump To Ask Ukrainian President About Corruption"
Yeah, but in what fantasy world did the law require Trump to extort the Ukranian president into telling lies for him?
Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Trump Vows to Withhold Federal Aid For California Wildfires Until Gov. Newsom Gets His Act Together"
I.e. toes the Republican line.  This is another grotesque example of extortion, just like what happened in Ukraine.  This bastard can't stop committing crimes for one week.
Nick Arama, Red State:  "Trump Tidbit: There May Be More Coming on Vindman"
Of course there will be.  As soon as the Republicans manufacture it.
Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Hell No, The Whistleblower Isn’t Entitled to Anonymity"
Unless you believe in Federal law.  Which Republicans obviously don't.
"In this case, I strongly disagree because this whistleblower is not a whistleblower."
No, if you reveal anything bad about a Republican, you are not a whistleblower, you are a Communist traitor.  Or at least that seems to be Elizabeth's argument.
"his safety is his own concern. He should have thought about that before he decided to play with fire."
"Play with fire, i.e. tell the truth in a Congressional hearing.  Now if he is killed by a right wing terrorist, it's his own fucking fault.  I swear to God, that is what this woman says.  It's like a mob movie from the 1930's.
Streiff, Red State:  "Donald Trump Retweets UFC Champ’s Words And The Media Run For The Fainting Couch"
Because who could be better to assess Trump than a guy who gets punched in the head for a living?
Nick Arama, Red State:  "Warren’s ‘Plan’ for What People in Private Insurance Will Do After She Kills Their Jobs Is Incredibly Bad"
What, get jobs in the massively revitalized coal industry that Trump promised us?
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump: Media, CNN Knows Who Whistleblower Is – You Just Don’t Want to Report It!"
Because that would be illegal, you dumbass.  Not that you or any other Republican toady cares.  Of course, that didn't stop you from revealing the purported name a couple of posts later.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "NO MORE MR. NICE GUY!"
Referring to Trump.  I'd like someone to explain when Trump was ever a nice guy, but apparently according to Jim, Trump hasn't come anywhere close yet to the not niceness he is capable of.  Jim is probably right there, as we are soon to find out.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HUGE! Top Obama Official Funneled Steele Documents to Dem Lawmakers in Late 2016."
HUGE!  The Steele dossier was not a classified document, but apparently it is now an abomination for anyone to pass around anything which reveals Republican corruption.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Gatekeeper Adam Schiff Releases Approved Transcripts from Two Secret Star Chamber Witnesses — But Only the Material That Is Favorable to Democrats:
That is to say, all of it.  Schiff did in fact release the statement of Gordon Sondland, which as noted above, seemed to agree with Trump's claims, but that has gone under the wheels of the bus today, so I stand by my statement:  All of the evidence incriminates Trump.  Believe me, if there was any evidence that didn't, the Republicans would have leaked it in a microsecond.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Former US Attorney General: Whistleblower Is Not Guaranteed Anonymity, He Does Need to Publicly Testify and Be Open to Cross Examination"
That would be "former US attorney general," convicted felon and master Trump bootlicker, Matt Whittaker.  Only the best people in the Trump administration, yes sir!  P.s.- Jim, when you never were the Attorney General, you can't be a former Attorney General.  Think about it.
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Sean Spicer Keeps Winning Dancing With the Stars and the Left is Pissed"
Pissed.  They're PISSED, I tell you.  At least they weren't pissed on, like Donald Trump in that Moscow hotel.
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Impeachment Inquiry: Adam Schiff Finally Releases Testimony Transcripts"
Finally!  It's been almost three weeks!  Say, how many years has it been since Trump promised to release his taxes?
Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Devin Nunes: House GOP Will Call Adam Schiff as Their First Witness"
Anything to turn impeachment into a circus.
Eric A. Blair, Gateway Pundit:  "Up To One Million ‘Cannibal Ants’ Trapped In Soviet Nuclear Bunker Have Escaped"
Just in case you don't have enough to worry about.  Back soon with more, don't you worry.

How About This as an Impeachment Count?

From Daily Kos today:

"Nearly 5,500 migrant kids were stolen by Trump admin since 2017, according to new count"


Don't crimes against humanity count as real crimes, if they are committed by Republicans?  Or will it just be too confusing to ordinary Americans if they are confused by adding this act of bestial brutality to the charges of extortion and treason?

Let Senate Republicans vote against holding him responsible for this atrocity.


A Week to Remember, Indeed

That's their story and they are sticking to it.  Kimberley Guilfoyle at Town Hall, assessing the last week's political news:
"In 365 Days, It’s Weeks Like This One That Voters Will Remember"
That's for sure, what with the impeachment vote, and the release of transcripts conclusively demonstrating that Trump is a criminal.  No, that's not what Kimberley was talking about?
"The week started in the morning of Sunday, October 27th, as President Trump took to the podium in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room to announce that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an American-led military operation...However, even more disappointing than the media twisting themselves in knots to avoid saying anything that might be interpreted as praise for President Trump was the deafening silence from Democrats. They were seemingly unable to acknowledge that the Commander-in-Chief — even in this just one specific instance — made the world safer."
False, of course.  Democrats were very happy about the elimination of Al Baghdadi, in contrast, you might note this statement, from October 2012:
"Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden....Why don't we ask the Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden? They don't seem to be happy with Obama claiming credit. All he did is say O.K."
Who said that?  Who do you think?

And then, this event that will be eternally stamped in the minds of the American people:
"the president went immediately from celebrating a major national security victory on Sunday to visiting Chicago on Monday to honor law enforcement at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police."
He gave a speech to some policemen!  Amazing! But wait, there's more:
"On Wednesday, President Trump’s administration took an important step to help Americans suffering from substance abuse by launching FindTreatment.gov, a website that will enable visitors to access a database tailored to addressing their specific needs and treatments."
The government launched a website!  Again, this is the kind of decisive action to meet the nation's concerns that will be honored for years.

Now, let's think...did anything else happen in the last week that Americans might recall a year from now?
"In an almost tiring week of winning for America, the Democrats had to sully our enjoyment of America’s greatness with a meaningless, partisan charade on the floor of the House of Representatives."
I.e. they voted to begin the process of kicking him out of office for being a criminal and a traitor.  Hardly worth even noticing.  Well, that was the week that was. 

The article finishes with this disclaimer:
"Kimberly Guilfoyle is a Senior Advisor to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc."
Oh.



Monday, November 4, 2019

An Electoral Solution

We all know that the electoral college tilts the balance of power in the selection of the President in favor of small States, and consequently in favor of the Republican party.  We are living through the disaster that this undemocratic feature of the Constitution has created.  I hardly need tell anyone that this is true.  And yet, we all know that it would prove virtually impossible in our current political environment to change the Constitution to allow Presidents to be selected by popular vote.

What is this flaw in the Constitution that allows Republicans to maintain an unfair advantage? Well, here is the text, from Article 2, section 1:

"Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress"

The problem is that representatives are apportioned according to population, while Senators are not; resulting in, for example, every person who votes in Wyoming having 69 times the power of everyone who votes in California; a gross injustice.

Here is my proposal:  An amendment be passed that limits the quantity of electors to the number of representatives, by simply eliminating the words "Senators and."  This will have the effect of moving the Presidential election process so it corresponds much more closely to the will of the population, without any major change in the Constitution.

Of course, Republicans will scream their heads off to stop this, because they benefit from the current law's unfairness, but I suspect it would be far easier to muster support for this elimination of two words from the Constitution, than to eliminate the electoral college altogether, and my proposal would have largely the same effect of moving to a popular vote for President.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup

Before I begin, I would like to mention the following fact:  Most of you have heard of the abominable driving of freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill from the House by the publication of revenge porn pictures of her supplied by a bastard of an ex-husband.  I just want to tell you that these pictures were originally published by Red State, a blog whose lies and hate have made it a staple of Wingnut Wrapup throughout its entire existence.  Anyway, on we go:

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall: "Here's When the Nats Stadium Stopped Booing Trump at World Series Game 5"
See, that's what is important.  They booed him- that means nothing.  That they stopped, well...
"But, as you can see and hear, when the jumbotron revealed who Trump's guests were, the crowd quieted. The president invited five wounded veterans to sit with him in his suite."
So he used wounded veterans as human shields, which proves what a great patriot he is.
"Booing the president of the United States the same day he announces we’ve killed the leader of ISIS is completely un-American and childish."
Booing him in the same century is un-American to them, because they want a dictatorship, and he is willing to be the dictator.
"I’d wear getting booed in the swamp as a badge of honor. If you’re pissing them off you’re doing something right!"
The swamp...anywhere other than his rallies with packs of ignorant racist haters.
Brandon Stocking, Town Hall:  "Parents of Killed ISIS Hostage Praise Trump, Slam Obama"
Whoo, that's impressive.
"Kayla's parents are strong supporters of President Trump. Carl, Kayla's father, has spoken at Trump rallies."
Oh.

And now, time for a little Conservative "humor"
Keep telling yourself that Schiff is a clown, guys.  You are about to reach the end of that smear pretty soon.
Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Trump: “We’re Thinking About” Releasing Video of Raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Over the Weekend"
Because of course he is. By the way, what is it with people named Brandon today?
Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Anti-Trumper Chris Wallace Presses Mike Pence: ‘Why Didn’t the President Tell Nancy Pelosi’ About Raid?’
Because of course, if someone is against Trump, they have no right to ask why he violated the law.
Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "A Total Disgrace: Trump Gets Booed at World Series Game, Fans Chant, ‘Lock Him Up’
Of course, it is not a disgrace for the President of the United States to spend years actually leading chants of 'lock her up' directed at Hillary Clinton who, unlike Trump, is not a criminal traitor.
Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "After Baghdadi Action, Dem Candidates Have Their Work Cut Out for Them."
Not if they are running in an electorate of Washington Nationals fans.
Rick Moran, PJ Media: "U.S. Military Vehicles Enter Syria to Protect the Oil"
Because of course they do.  Uh, by the way, guys, that should be "to STEAL the oil."
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump: Adam Schiff Went Before Congress and Made Up My Words… It’s a Fraud… That’s a Criminal Act. What He Did is a Criminal Act "
What?  Another lie about Adam Schiff from Trump?  I can hardly believe it.
Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "CNN New Hampshire Primary Poll: 51 Percent Think Trump Shouldn't Be Impeached"
51%.  Before the public hearings have even started.  In a massively Republican State. Boy, that must be a lot of comfort to Trump.
Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Republicans Torch Pelosi's Sudden Decision to Hold Impeachment Inquiry Vote"
After screaming their heads off demanding it, the minute they got it, they started screaming their heads off about that.

And how about a little more Conservative humor?
 Right, because having committed an endless series of criminal acts gives Trump the right to commit another one.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "TODAY’S SHOW TRIAL: Tuesday’s Basement Chamber Secret Witness Wears Full Dress Uniform to Testify on His Dislike of President Trump’s Ukrainian Policy"
Ahh, gender equality.  Remember when it was only girls who had their testimony ignored because of what they were wearing?
Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "NEW: Shifty Schiff Announces House Intel Committee to Hold Public Hearings in New Phase of Sham Impeachment Inquiry"
Because what could be more shifty than holding hearings in public?
Timothy Buchanan, Renew America:  "The Russians are better at keeping military secrets guarded than the current crop of Democrat Congressional leaders"
Timothy, I know this probably never occurred to you, but the Russians are the ones we are trying to keep our secrets from.  Once they have them, they don't need to leak them.  By the way, just to be clear, the claim about Democratic leaders leaking things is a total lie, told like so many Republican lies, to distract from the endless leaking of their own administration.
Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "AG Barr Delivers A Professional Knifing Of James Comey And His Tenure As FBI Director"
That's nice.  It wasn't enough that Comey destroyed himself helping to elect Trump.  He wouldn't debase himself further, after Trump thanked him by lying about him, firing him and trying to humiliate him in public.  No, three years later, they are still smearing him.
Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Look Out! Deadspin Writer Is Subtly Threatening Media Figures Who Aren’t On Board with Her Revolt"
Deadspin.  A sports site.  Brandon had nothing to say about the President of the United States openly threatening media figures who aren't "on board" with his criminal Presidency.
Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Kelly Clarkson Changes 'Baby It's Cold Outside' Lyrics Into Pro-Choice Propaganda"
The abomination!
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WOW! Top Democrat Witness and Pompous Nutjob Col. Vindman Tried and Failed to Tamper with Rough Draft of President’s Call to Ukrainian President"
That would be "Tried and failed to correct rough draft," asshole.  And by the way, with Donald Trump as your leader, I'd be careful about calling anyone a pompous nutjob.
Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "50 Years Ago: The Day Nixon Routed the Establishment"
I presume Pat "I never met a Hitler I didn't like" Buchanan was not talking about August 9, 1974.

No, that was the day the establishment routed Nixon.
Stu Cvrk, Red State:  "The First Four-Star Flag Officer In US History Joins The Effort To Void The Election Of The US President...It’s time an example is made of retired FOGOs who violate their continuing oaths and disparage the President. Admiral McRaven should be recalled to active duty and then charged under Articles 88 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice."
These provisions concern active duty military only, which McRaven is not.  To engineer a punishment of him for violating them would constitute a clear step toward Stalinism.  By the way, article 134 forbids statements "disloyal to the United States," not "disloyal to Donald Trump."  I am sure that change in the wording is coming soon if we do nothing.
Streiff, Red State:  "Whistleblower’s Attorneys Make a Desperate and Pathetic Attempt to Silence the Free Press and a Free People"
Or, in actual English, "Whistleblower’s Attorneys Make a Desperate and Pathetic Attempt to force the treacherous traitors at places like Red State to follow the law and not reveal his name."
Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "This Is A Seditious Coup – Last Time Democrats Did This They Eventually Hanged for Their Sedition"
This article is illustrated with the following photo:


This is a picture of the execution of the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  Interesting that Republicans have now changed these defenders of their beloved Confederacy into Democrats.  There is no end of the lies.

There is, however, an end to this batch of garbage, and this is it.  Bye.