Thursday, April 30, 2020

Just a Concidence, I Guess...


An account of Joe Biden's "sexual assault" on Tara Reade?  No, a quote from a novel written by (get ready for it) Tara Reade's father.

Just a coincidence, like I said.  Because the Republicans would never stoop to fabricating accusations against their opponents which mirror their own disgusting behavior.

While you are thinking about it, you might like to read this article on the subject, from USA Today.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Joe, We Need the Truth

So we all know there are troubles with the story of Joe Biden's alleged abuse of a woman in the early nineties.  She is a rabid partisan Putin supporter, and let's face it, this is just the kind of dirty lie the Republicans are going to tell from now to November, like Hillary's e-mails, Benghazi, the Swift Boat smear and on and on.  We all have good historical reasons to doubt whatever smear the Republicans (and possibly the Berniebots) cook up.  For a good treatment of the problems with the accusations, I suggest you look to Daily Kos.

But that is not enough of an answer.  As people desperate to be done with a massively criminal President, we have to know the truth, before we are unalterably committed to his candidacy.

It is absolutely critical that Biden find a way to resolve this issue before he becomes the official candidate.  If Republicans were allowed by the press to savage Hillary over the totally phony e-mail scandal, they will tear Biden apart over this.  It will become the central issue of the campaign, no matter how little substance there might be to it, and it will very likely result in giving Trump four more years to destroy our country.

I don't have a clue how Biden will do this, but he has to.  Otherwise, we've got to pick someone else.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Obvious Truth about Testing

“One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic"-Joseph Stalin

"Sixty thousand deaths is a tremendous victory for me"-Donald Trump



I always like it when I get a chance to say something that I haven't seen anyone else say, at least straight out.  Usually, this is just something I've managed to dig up that nobody else has noticed.  But once in a while, there is something that is so shocking to our sensibility that no one seems to be able to just say it, even though I suspect a lot of people have thought about it.  This is one of those things.

We have heard endless stories in the news the last two months about the inadequacy of testing for the Coronavirus in the United States.  So far, it has been written off as just a typical example of incompetence or of Republican disinterest in actually using the power they fought so hard to get into their hands to benefit anyone but themselves.  That is not what I think is really going on here.

In my opinion, Donald Trump concluded early on that it was in his electoral interest that the American people think that the Coronavirus situation was a minor inconvenience.  To that end, we know that he has told an unending stream of lies about the situation, all intended to minimize it.  But I am convinced that his malfeasance goes far beyond that.  I believe that Trump and his people are engaged in a deliberate attempt to sabotage testing, believing that the less cases people are aware of, the less votes he stands to lose in November.

He is willing to kill untold numbers of Americans to maintain his grip on the votes that the truth might cost him.  In its end result, this is no different than a South American dictator that is willing to murder his opponents to keep in power.

This is, of course, an abominable betrayal of the country that is among the very worst actions ever taken by an American leader.  For this alone, he should be removed from office and imprisoned for life.  But of course, he has committed so many impeachable offenses in his three years in office that most people won't even notice this act, more like that of a movie villain than of a world leader.  And his party, filled with people who are nearly as degraded as he is, will never supply the Senatorial votes necessary to remove him, so a rerun of the impeachment tragedy will not happen.

The only answer is to decisively vote him out in November, with a majority beyond the reach of Republican corruption and dirty campaigning.  And anyone who does not carry out that simple act of voting for the Democratic nominee will own a share of the responsibility for the destruction of this country.


Update:  Boy, I just got in under the wire on that one, if I wanted to be first to say it out loud.  People are starting to say it now.  Here's a sample, coming from a source that has mastered the art of evading the truth about Republicans (The Times, of course, not Daily Kos.)  Time for him to be in prison.

Why? I Mean, Why?

I saw this picture at Daily Kos, where they were commenting on the size of Trump's pupils in a brightly lit room, and wondering just how wasted on drugs he really is.  Well, I buy that, but I have another question.  This guy is the President of the United States, and claims to be worth ten billion dollars.  The whole idea of a President wearing makeup every day is revolting to me, but really, why can't he get someone that can apply it properly?  I mean, Melania would never go out with makeup that crude.  Couldn't he at least get her to do it? The area around his eyes looks like he was sunning himself in a Lone Ranger mask, and can't they ever get that sickening orange glop to go up to his hairline on the sides?  Really, what is the deal with this?

Saturday, April 25, 2020

World's Most Useless Humans

Dr. Deborah Birx:


"Later in the day, Deborah Birx, a physician and the White House coronavirus response coordinator, defended the president’s comments about ingesting disinfectant — not as sarcasm, but as part of a deliberate, if unorthodox, thought process.

“When he gets new information he likes to talk that through out loud and really have that dialogue, and so that’s what dialogue he was having,” Birx said on Fox News Channel."

What dialogue, Deborah?  I thought he already knew everything better than anyone else in the world.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Trump Wins Again

I am not in any way suggesting that this mentally challenged, ignorant idiot did what he did for this reason- he is not capable of thinking that far ahead- but let me point out a negative effect of the tremendous coverage of Trump's insane rant about injecting disinfectant into people:

Today, we passed 50,000 deaths from Coronavirus.  And as you can see from this chart, from Daily Kos, the death rate, far from diminishing, is increasing.


And that horrible milestone is receiving very little attention in the mainstream press, blotted out by their disgust at his jackass behavior in the face of tragedy.  Remember when, a couple of months ago, Trump said the number of Coronavirus cases in America was 15, and that it would soon be zero?  Remember him blaring for the last month that "experts" said the death toll would top out at 60,000, a number that would be a tremendous victory for him?  Well, at the present rate, we will hit the 60,000 mark sometime this coming Tuesday, and where it goes from there, only time will tell.  But we can say with certainty that we are about to experience the usual Republican rewriting of history, in which Trump never said what he has been recorded saying over and over again; and the usual Republican redefining of what constitutes a Trump victory in his "war" against the virus.  If it works, he could move closer to cheating his way into another term, and why shouldn't it work, when the same strategy has been working for Republicans for decades now?



Thursday, April 23, 2020

It's Really Getting Strange Out There

And for some reason it's Kennedy day in wingnut world.  Let's start with a bit of an interview with someone named Ivo:

"Me: Right. One of course being Marilyn Monroe.Me: Who’s side was she on? I heard she was an MK Ultra sex kitten?Ivo: She was with Kennedy to gain information for the deep state.Me: Wow! We always think of her as so innocent and frankly, pretty fluffy.Ivo: She was a spy for the deep state."

The deep state.  In 1962.  And they had Marilyn Monroe screw Kennedy.  She was a spy.

And dig this:

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "Kennedy Family 'Matriarch' Ethel Kennedy 'Loves Che Guevara, Named Her Dog Che'

It's vital to have things like this pointed out to us so we can make decisions about our lives.

Incidentally, I checked and I could find not a single reference to this story that was older than six days ago, and every one of the dozens of these tales are on wingnut websites, many of them familiar to my readers.

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So, let's move on to a couple other stories detailing the superb investigative journalism we have come to expect from the Conservative world.  First this scoop, which will thrill many right wingers:

"The United States Justice Department, on behalf of President Donald J. Trump, has finalized a sealed indictment naming Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the coronavirus taskforce, a traitor to America, according to a Washington sources familiar with the issue.

The indictment, which currently sits on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, charges Fauci with numerous high crimes and misdemeanors, many of which could see Fauci stripped of his medical license and deported to GITMO for the rest of his natural life. Those charges reportedly include treason, conspiring with the enemy, and fraud.

“Although the formal accusation is sealed, Fauci knows the gig is up. They’ve revoked his passport. After Trump wins the election, and after the pandemic has run its course, the indictment will be opened and Dr. Fauci will face a military tribunal to answer for his crimes against America,” our source said."

Traitor.  Traitor Anthony Fauci.  Soon to be in prison for life for his many high crimes committed over the decades as an infectious disease expert.  This is what they are willing to believe about anyone who even mildly corrects Donald Trump's endless lies.
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But wait, this story is even a bigger abomination:

"Over 50,000 Traumatized Children Rescued by Military Out of Tunnels Beneath US Cities...The count was now over 50,000 traumatized, malnourished and deceased children who have been pulled out of underground tunnels across the nation by the US Military and Marines since last October. The operations were authorized under President Trump as Commander in Chief, General Mark A. Milley and other military generals of the Pentagon Pedophile Task Force.

Malnourished, caged and tortured children have been rescued, or found deceased, in underground tunnels beneath large and small US cities, including one beneath New York Central Park. Another tunnel was said to run from the Clinton Foundation building to the New York Harbor...Piles of little corpses, babies born to teens and even preteens in the tunnels who had never seen the light of day, deformed and traumatized children, preteens and teens who were evidently experimented upon and electro-shocked as part of CIA Mind Control and genetic experiments, sexually abused, locked in cages, tortured and killed to harvest their organs and Adrenochrome for the elites to drink in Satanic worship."

Best that you know this:  "McConnell Declares There is No Pentagon Pedophile Task Force...the Pentagon Pedophile Task Force, a fictional agency created by fugitive Timothy Charles Holmseth and adopted by other sovereign scam artists...Timothy Charles Holmseth is  wanted in connection with stalking related activities.  (He) targeted Florida attorney Kim Picazio accusing her of operating a pedophile protection and extortion blackmail ring of compromised state and county officials.  The Office of the Secretary of Defense has apparently been notified about this situation, but allegedly is dragging their feet.  Meanwhile, dozens of elderly citizens are allegedly donating large sums of money to this group, some apparently nearly all of their life's savings."


Dragging its feet- the same way they are dragging their feet in investigating whether Hillary Clinton is a lizard person from outer space.  Please note that these two stories represent a relatively new alliance between the QAnon loons and the malignant, violent Sovereign Citizen movement.  I can't really say at this point what that will lead to, but I am keeping my eyes on it.
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And now let's just move on to a bit of the other superb scholarship that can be found in the wingnut world in the last week or so.  Some of these are quotes; some are my summaries of theories presented as clear fact in videos, the main source of information for the virtually illiterate people who make up the Republican rank and file today.

Bronson Stocking, Town Hall:  "ICE Apprehends Five Asia Nationals Illegally Present in the U.S."

That is certainly relevant information to Americans- at least the racist ones.  Five!  Five of them!  Get the guns out, Sadie, we're being attacked!

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "And the First State to Start Re-Opening Is Texas"

Good luck with that, suckers.  Kill yourselves rather than face reality.

Everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood is false.  Here is the true story:  Around 1200, Sherwood Forest was owned by the Rothschilds.  The Sheriff of Nottingham was a tool of the Jews, who intended to take over all of England (starting from Sherwood Forest, I guess.)  Robin Hood was actually a hero to the white race, who fought back against the Jews, and so evil Jewish historians had to portray him as a bandit to discredit him.

The Jews.  The Jews owned Sherwood Forest in 1200.  This same source relates how the 1918 "spanish flu" was actually the result of a massive experiment in electromagnetic transmission, somehow connected to Nikola Tesla, and obviously related to the fact that our current health crisis is really caused by 5G.

 If you know anything about the Tunguska incident, you will understand how that was the result of an earlier experiment of Tesla's that went wrong.

Aftermath of the Tunguska explosion

"False Prophet Pope Francis Gives Emmanuel Macron His Blessing And Anoints Him To Take The Global Stage As Leader Of The New World Order"

And here I thought it was going to be Barack Obama.

"New York Hospital Killing Corona Patients With Lethal Injection...A woman from the Dominican Republic infected with Covid-19 left a voice message before dying, in a New York hospital. She stated that they are killing the sick with an injection that they give them to get rid of them quickly...The audio was posted on social media by the victim’s cousin’s husband"

The victim was dying but she was aware of what other people were being injected with, and made an audio about it.  From the victim's cousin's husband.  No names, of course.  Must be one of those many people that are always telling Donald Trump that he is the greatest person on earth.

"Has This Egyptian Copper Secret Caused Problems For the Illuminati Depopulation Plans?"

It's something that goes over your electric meter, which you can have for only $89.95, which was apparently invented in ancient Egypt.  It protects you from the Illuminati, somehow.  I was never really able to figure out how.


"Did NASA Really Send Astronauts 1000 Times Farther Than They Can Today – 50 Years Ago?  Have you ever wondered why they claimed to have walked on the moon in 1969, on the very first attempt, even though right here on earth Mt. Everest and the South Pole took numerous tries before success...there was no independent press coverage of the event whatsoever."

I seem to remember the whole thing being broadcast on TV, so I guess what they mean is that there were no members of the press actually on the moon to see them land.  That's a sort of high bar to pass before these guys believe it.  On the other hand, they believe Anthony Fauci is a traitor and the military has rescued 50,000 children from captivity by Hillary, Tom Hanks and Queen Elizabeth, who enjoy eating them. (I hear Dr. Fauci likes his chopped up in Spaghetti Carbonara.)  We live on two different planets, and one day soon they are liable to collide.

What a mess, huh?  I hope the wingnuts have built their survival bunkers so they can have their White Aryan society after the collision miraculously kills all brown people and liberals.


Stupidity

No matter how stupid the things Trump says, there is just no way that you should ever think he has hit bottom.  There's always farther for him to sink.  Today's example:

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. 

And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number in the lungs. It would be interesting to check that. You're going have to use medical doctors with that, but it sounds interesting to me. And so we'll see."

Curing Covid19 by injecting disinfectant into people.  Well, I guess it beats hydrochloroquine, which only kills people some of the time.  You know, hydrochloric acid kills viruses too- maybe we should inject people with that. 

And don't worry- there will be something even stupider tomorrow or the next day.

They are Trying to Kill Us



I was originally going to title this post "Are they trying to kill us?  but at this point, I don't think there is really any question. 

Most of us have heard this abominable news:

"Director Of Key Federal Vaccine Agency Files Whistleblower Complaint...Dr. Rick Bright was abruptly removed from his position as head of BARDA after he questioned the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, "a drug promoted by the administration as a panacea, but which clearly lacks scientific merit...Bright had been in charge of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, known as BARDA, which recently received more than $3 billion in federal funds to help ramp up production capacity so that any discovery of a coronavirus vaccine can be quickly manufactured and distributed to hundreds of millions of Americans. His removal from the post stunned lawmakers who had been pushing for a more robust vaccine effort."

But maybe you haven't heard this:


"HHS Secretary Azar turned over the management of the coronavirus crisis to inexperienced dog breeder...Azar was apparently so cool with the leadership provided by his chief of staff, dog dude Brian Harrison, that he didn’t feel the need to engage with epidemiologists, or doctors, or any of the numerous agencies that should have been pulled into early planning.  Instead, Azar put Harrison—just back in D.C. from six years of running his family puppy mill—in charge of the entire nation’s entire coronavirus response."


A Labradoodle breeder.  In charge of our nation's entire coronavirus response.  And let's not forget the guy who appointed him, who was in turn hand picked by Donald Trump:


"From 2012 to 2017, Azar was President of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company, a major drug company, and a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a large pharmaceutical trade association."

A parmaceutical company executive, which is either better or worse than a labradoodle breeder, depending on how you look at it.

And have no mistake about the "us" that the Trump administration is trying to kill.  People in his base have been systematically propagandized to believe that the coronavirus is almost entirely striking blue states.  The "us" referred to here?  Black people, Jews, liberals, Democrats.  And don't you dare be a big enough fool to think that Republicans don't have that in mind when they make decisions like this.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CEO President

We've heard it over and over again from the GOP- what this country needs is a CEO President- a guy who has proven he has what it takes by running a company.

Well, of course, we have a CEO President now- how has that worked out for us?  Of course, maybe they didn't mean a CEO whose business strategy was to start out rich and then drive six of his own companies into bankruptcy after looting them of every penny he could.  Yeah, maybe a CEO like the only Republican who dared to stand up to Trump in the Senate, and last Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.  See, Romney was a much better businessman, at least in Republican terms.  He also started out rich, and was the CEO of a company called Bain Capital, a "venture capital" company that specialized in buying up sound companies, stripping them of every cent of wealth, and leaving them to go bankrupt, costing tens of thousands of jobs*.  Romney was a much better businessman than Trump; he drove other people's companies into bankruptcy, not his own.  Makes you kind of wonder why, if the Republican party really believes in the magical value of CEO's, they didn't run a successful one for President, like Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs or Michael Bloomberg.  Could it be that what they really wanted was a thieving corporate vampire?

Well, anyway, that is not the point I really wanted to make here, so back to the subject.  Actually, the Republicans are right: a CEO is perfectly prepared to be the head of a country.

Not just any country, however.  Think about what a CEO does.  He is totally in control of his company.  He is free to do anything he wants to benefit himself and the other owners.  Workers in his company have absolutely no right to any input into how the company is run, and he is free to eliminate them at any time he wants to.

In fact, a CEO is perfect to run a country.  He is totally prepared to run a dictatorship.  Maybe that is what the Republicans have wanted all along.




*If you don't know about Mitt Romney's business practices, I wrote about them here and here in the runup to the 2012 election.



Monday, April 20, 2020

Wingnuts Take a Stand

Social distancing, right wing style

This is sort of a special edition of Wingnut Wrapup, concentrating solely on the utterly insane demonstrations against social distancing that seem to be popping up all over the country.  Of course we know that a lot of these demonstrations are artificially generated by sociopathic right wing rich people (including a member of Trump's cabinet,) but still, how are they motivating thousands of these people to cast their own safety to the winds to support Trump's position?

At least part of the answer can be found (as you might expect) in the "information" that these people are being force-fed.  I've assembled a few of them here; and I do mean a few; I stopped when I couldn't take it any more.  There could be hundreds more entries here, but enough is enough.  Well, here we go:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: NYT Exploits Man's Coronavirus Death With Shoddy, Hypocritical Hit Piece on Fox News"

Fox News, which, of course never published a "shoddy, hypocritical hit piece," and who have always told the truth on every occasion, particularly where the lives of their followers are involved.  Guy continues:

"Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story about the Coronavirus-caused death of a bar owner from New York City.  The man was a conservative, a Fox News viewer who was distrustful of the mainstream media, and was beloved by his patrons and wider community.  The piece is filled with texture, but its inescapable underlying theme and tone is, 'this Trumpy right-winger's ideology caused his death.'  That's certainly how many 'blue checkmarks' on social media chose to market it, almost as a weird form of vengeance porn.  They wouldn't quite say that he deserved to die...but with just a glimmer of satisfaction, they shared the story as a means of attacking politicians and institutions that they've loathed for years."

No word from Guy about the endless, constant stream of articles from the right wing media calling for the death (often at the hands of the wingnuts themselves) of anyone who disagrees with them.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "They Can’t Stop Us from Re-Opening America...We’re going to come out of this nightmare whether the Democratic politicians like it or not. The pandemic is subsiding, so America is done with this lockdown nonsense"

The pandemic is subsiding.  Who knew?  Kurt provides us more insight:

"The lib establishment and its media gerbils clearly think it’s in their interest to have the Bat Gobbler flu crisis continue indefinitely. They think it hurts Trump, plus they really love wielding power over you. Just look into the dead doll eyes of Governor Karen (D-Minncounsinigan) and you can see that forcing big box stores to tape off the seed section gives her a kind of erotic pleasure. It’s kind of creepy."

Creepy.  Well, you should know about creepy, Kurt.


And now, our traditional peek into the world of Conservative humor:

There he is, doing exactly what they elected him to do.  Not saving their lives, who cares about that?  He's owning the libs!

Scott Morefield, Town Hall:  "Leftists Don’t Want The Shutdown To End Because They Are Living Out Their Wildest Dreams"

It's our wildest dream to stay at home every day.  I guess that's because everybody knows leftists are lazy freeloaders.

"Indeed, if some sort of five-headed Demogorgon combination of Che Guevara, Vladimir Lenin, Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx, and Joseph Stalin managed to emerge from the pits of hell to wreak havoc for a few months, it’s hard to imagine how the world would be different from what has happened thus far in 2020...Police State Dreams Come True "

Demogorgon.  If they put as much effort into solving problems as they do into ridiculing people who are trying to solve them, we'd be in such great shape.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "The COVID-19 Lockdown Is a Drug the Left Can’t Get off of and It’s Going to Ruin Them"

The drug consists of believing the experts.  Brandon is particularly upset today about governors banding together to try to do what Trump won't.  He even helpfully quotes the Constitution to back up his claim that this is illegal:

"No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."

I guess several million people potentially dying from a virus is not what Brandon would consider to be "imminent danger."  Brandon describes the Democratic reaction as "roaming through the forest watching for bears."  Just for your information, the average number of deaths by bears in the United States is 2.  If they had killed 40,000 people in the last six weeks, maybe the comparison would be accurate.  So, get to work, bears.  The virus is leaving you behind.

They're coming to get you!

Streiff, Red State:  "Dr. Fauci Decides He Is Galactic Commander and Warns That Protests Will Delay Reopening the Country"

Well, here's that asshole Streiff, accusing Dr. Fauci of trying to be "galactic commander" because he wants to follow science, even though it risks Donald Trump's re-election.  And here he is again:

Streiff, Red State:  "On the Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, President Trump Affirms Our Right to Protest Wuhan Virus Lockdowns"

Exactly the same thing:  The American revolution, and a few hundred jackasses risking their lives for nothing, because they were incited by the right wing media.

Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Conservative Street Artist Sabo Strikes Again With Campaign to End Quarantine"

And how did "Conservative street artist Sabo" strike again?  By doing this:


How many people will think this is an official sign stating that the beach is open?  Yes, by lying to people and risking the lives of those who believe him.  That's Conservative art at its finest.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Nancy Pelosi Wants You to Sit Down, Shut Up, and Obey Government Coronoavirus Decrees"

She wants you to live.  How dare she!  Communist!

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Americans revolt against outlaw socialist governors...In contrast to phony George Soros-financed “protests” for “progressive” policies, real grassroots movements have been emerging in America targeting tyrannical governors and demanding the return of our God-given rights of freedom of assembly and speech. What is happening is reminiscent of the Tea Party protests that emerged under President Barack Hussein Obama and made his socialized medicine policies into a teaching moment for the nation about the threat of socialism.  Here we are years later and the socialist threat has been made into a frightening reality by liberal governors who claim to be protecting our health and welfare by shutting down free enterprise and suppressing basic rights. They seem to think they can use this crisis to buttress the government sector while making themselves look good and leaving the private sector in ruins."

Of course, the right wing protests are totally created and financed by rich right wingers like Betsey DeVos.  But way to go there, Cliff, trying to turn concern for an existential threat to our society into a bunch of phony outrage over "socialism."

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "President Trump wisely has taken his first steps to reopen America, and has just as wisely reminded the nation’s governors that the ball is in their court. This is not just wise, it’s brilliant: if people are torqued at government restrictions, they will not have the president to blame. Their beef will be with their governors and their governors alone."

Blame the governors.  That's the plan.  Not taking action to minimize the crisis, just working night and day to blame it on someone else.  Brilliant move, not doing anything to end the crisis, just blaming it on other people.  It's worked so far for Trump, why not this time too?

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Coronavirus is the big Kahuna of their schemes to end their nightmare of having a fearless fighter for We the People in the Oval Office. Like every other evil scheme they have launched against Trump, corona-madness will fail."

I don't even know how someone could write a sentence like that without God striking him down with lightning.

Mario Alexis Portella, American Thinker:  "COVID-19 -- Another Benghazi?...the Department of State, under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, covered-up the Islamic terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.  Are the cable leaks of the COVID-19 a déjà vu all over again?  Is this another Deep State conspiracy?"

Sure it is, Mario.  You finally found a way to blame it on Hillary.  What a feat.

Patricia McCarthy, American Thinker:  "The Trump-hating American left has lost any sense of decency; it is rooting for the virus.  The more deaths these people can blame on Trump, the happier they are."

Man, I am getting bored with this crap.  Really, how can people believe things like this?

Jeremy B. Kay, American Thinker:  "These are dangerous times for all of us in America.  How many of our civil rights will survive the post-virus world?  Freedom of assembly?  Second Amendment?  Open worship?  Maybe we'll get lucky and hang on to all of them intact.  The cynic in me — or maybe it's the realist — thinks that once this crisis has passed, some on the left will try to blame the Jews for what has transpired."

Take a look at your own side of the fence, asshole.  There are already hundreds of right wing sources blaming the Jews for coronavirus.  And no, I will not link to them, although I see them every day. That reality doesn't seem to bother you as much as your imaginary left wing boogie men.

Pam Key, Breitbart:  "BEHAR CALLS PROTESTERS THAT BRING GUNS TO RALLIES ‘TERRORISTS’"

Yup.  That's what they are.  Just goes to show how much any of them ever believed a thing they have said.  Well, as I said above, this is where I couldn't take it any more.  It just goes on and on.  And this is what these people rely on for their news.  Hey, I believe in freedom of speech too- I use it almost every day.  But really, isn't this the national equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater?

Friday, April 17, 2020

Time For Another Impeachment

 Perhaps you have seen this map showing the Trump Administration's distribution of the hundreds of billions of dollars in small business loans that were appropriated by Congress:

I need hardly point out that the vast majority of this money has been directed to Republican States, even though at this point Democratic States have been hit hardest by the pandemic.  This is a criminal misuse of his power to advance his own electoral interests and those of his party, with absolutely no regard for the good of the country.

While this is going on, Trump is inciting right wing violence against the country.  After the insane gathering at the Michigan State Capitol on Wednesday, financed by a member of Trump's cabinet, Trump today posted the following three tweets:

"LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!"

"LIBERATE MICHIGAN!"

"LIBERATE MINNESOTA!"

And this is what he is promoting:
Heavily armed right wing fanatics, threatening gun violence if Trump does not get what he wants.  This is how he wants to "liberate" the country from the rule of law.  He has even, this week, resorted to threatening to dismiss the Congress so he can do whatever he wants.

It should not be necessary to say that this combination of corruption and incitement to anti-government violence should result in his immediate removal from the Presidency, but apparently it is.  And the only tool available to try to do the right thing is another impeachment.  Will it happen?  Of course not; Democrats have spent decades training themselves to act supine in the face of Republican criminality, and it won't stop now.  But it is their duty and they should do the right thing.

Update (already- I only wrote this post half an hour ago)-  And here they are in Minnesota, hundreds assembling in close proximity to scream their rage at the governor.  At least the gun jackasses shown above didn't actually shoot anyone.  It is a virtual certainty that at least several people will die as a result of this deadly gathering, some of them the actual participants.

Can the intransigence of the right have now morphed into little more than a death wish?  Have we reached the point where forty percent of the voting population of the United States will die before they will turn on their cult leader?  Maybe the Reverend Jim Jones was just a harbinger of what our whole country would turn into.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Has This Occurred to Anyone?

Absent in all the discussions of who has the right to open up the economy is this seemingly obvious fact:  A President, or a Governor, can, in the right circumstances, order a businessman to shut his business down.  But I can't see that there is any precedent or legal justification allowing them to order someone to start up a business again.

Am I missing something here?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Does Anyone Still Doubt What Is Going On In Our Country?

The Reichstag on Fire, February 27, 1933

From the Constitution, Article II, Section 3:

 "...he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such  Time as he shall think proper..."

This section of the Constitution has never, in the entire history of our country, been used.  Now, however, we have a threat by the President of the United States to "adjourn" Congress and govern without them.

It is certainly not without precedent for a nation's leader, frustrated by his inability to wield complete power, to dissolve its legislature:

"After being appointed Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933, Hitler asked President von Hindenburg to dissolve the Reichstag. ... Hitler used the decree to have the Communist Party's offices raided and its representatives arrested, effectively eliminating them as a political force...

DECREE DISSOLVES REICHSTAG TODAY; Hindenburg Will Carry Out von Papen Cabinet's Decision to Avoid Certain Adverse Vote. PROGRAM TO BE BROADCAST Ministry Will Rule by Decree Until Elections, Probably in Second Half of July. HITLER OFFERS COALITION But Declares It Must Be Founded Upon Nazi Principles and "Class Hatred Must End."


That was the end of any semblance of democracy in Germany; Hitler's new Nazified Reichstag quickly voted itself out of effective existence by passing the enabling act, which gave Hitler total power, which he wielded until his suicide in 1945, as his country lay in ruins around him; the ultimate result of his rule.


Hitler had to rely on this suspicious fire to muster the momentum to get away with destroying representative government in Germany; Trump may very well think that the coronavirus pandemic gives him the same opening to destroy it here in the United States.  And remember that this threat came only one day after he asserted in public that he had the right to do anything he wanted to do, regardless of what the law says.

It surpasses the imagination of any decent person to believe that the Senate could accept this man's presence in the White House.  In any kind of decent country, he would be removed from office and imprisoned immediately.  But the United States is no longer a decent country, and anyone who denies that fact is a liar.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Why We're Doomed, Part Ten Million

From the Washington Post today, this helpful bit of analysis from Kathleen Parker*:


"Amid all this, one thing is certain: BS is dead. Which is to say, politics as we know it is dead. 

That’s a (small) reason to celebrate. The endless and often pointless art of pitting one side against another is unhelpful in a world on fire. Democrats in both the House and Senate are holding up legislation aimed at saving small businesses — the core of the U.S. economy — because they want to attach their own policy priorities."


The Democrats!  The Democrats are responsible for "pitting one side against another."  Not one word about the Republicans, with their packing of the courts with corrupt right wingers, their refusal to even consider any legislation authored by Democrats, their using their majority to push through trillion dollar giveaways for their backers, their President, who openly sabotages blue States while rewarding red States, their cheating every way they can in elections.  Not a mention.  It's the Democrats who are solely responsible for the partisan rancor that exists in Washington, because of "their own policy priorities." How dare they?  Don't they know that their job is just to roll over for the Republicans and keep their mouths shut? And the Washington Post, sad to say, is about as good as mainstream journalism gets in this country today.


And that is why we are doomed.  




*No link for bullshit like this.  Find it on your own if you want to torture yourself.


Wingnut Wrapup

Here we are again!  I want to start out with a general comment.  I pointed out a while ago the lunatic variety of explanations that right wingers have been giving to explain away the Trump administration's coronavirus failings, and the economic disaster they created.  Lately, a lot of them seem to be coming together around one explanation:  This is a plot by Bill Gates, China and the WHO to let a virus loose, then create a vaccine for it which will be forcibly administered to everyone on earth, at the same time injecting tracking or mind control devices to control the entire human race for the deep state.  Who knows, could be...

Anyway, on we go:

Paris Dennard, Town Hall:  "President Trump And His Task Force Are Providing Daily Hope for the American People"

Hope that he will shut up and go away?

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  Trump Denounces the Communist-linked WHO, Threatens to Cut US Funding"

"Communist linked," in this case meaning that they don't restrict their help to countries whose leaders suck up to Donald Trump.

Jeff Webb, Town Hall:  "The Market, Not Government, Is Best Equipped to Defeat Coronavirus"

And here are a couple of the ways:

"Free markets are also credited with being the best way to create a better quality of life for the greatest number of people.

Free markets allocate scarce resources to their highest and best use.  I wrote earlier this week that we need to take a business approach to get out in front of the three key areas of this disease: testing, treatment, and containment.  My point was that business people know how to take bold, decisive action to head off a problem. They know how to take measured risks to get desired returns. Our businessman president knows this too."

Our businessman president doesn't know jack shit, except how to brag, bully people and go bankrupt. And of course, the above applies to Hydroxychloroquine:

"To that end, it is now time to let the market get this drug into the hands of doctors and patients.  Dr. Fauci needs to step aside, take his clinical trial bias with him, and let doctors prescribe away. Doctors need Congress to step up and give them protection against potential lawsuits that a crafty attorney might want to file after this is over if a particular patient’s treatment doesn’t go well."

"Clinical trial bias..." i.e. finding out if the drug works before we let rich people make money selling it to people as medicine.  One more example of that filthy Democratic clinging to the truth.

Nick Arama, Red State:  "We’d Be In Deep If These Guys Were Still in Charge: Obama Official Samantha Power Attacks Trump for Holding WHO to Account"

"Holding WHO to account" being, in plain English, one more typical Trump attempt to blame his failures on someone else.  And along with a special extra helping of "I blame Obama."  Sad to say, Republican voters really believe this.  And that is why our country is going to hell.

Bonchie, Red State:  "Trump Smacked Jim Acosta Around at Today’s Briefing"

And that is what we want from a President in a crisis- smacking the liberals around.  Who cares if he kills a hundred thousand or so people while he is too busy owning the libs to do anything about that?

Streiff, Red State:  "Religious Freedom Seems to Have Been Singled out for Suppression by Wuhan Virus Regulations"

And another load of bullshit from one of Red State's longest reigning liars.  The "religious freedom" to deliberately spread a deadly virus.  It's like if those moronic snake handlers weren't content with playing with rattlesnakes themselves, but started letting them go in elementary school classrooms, just to teach kids about Jesus.

Streiff, Red State:  "The Left’s Strategy for November Is to Accuse President Trump of Killing Americans to Stay in Power"

And there they are again, with their malicious electoral strategy of telling the truth.

And then there is this valuable contribution to our current political discussion:

Jerry Bowyer, Red State:  "Is It Wrong To Talk About The Financial Causes Of The Crucifixion?"

Careful there, Jerry.  Your right wing buddies will be accusing you of being a Communist any minute now.

And speaking about Communists:

Stephen Green, PJ Media:  "Communist China and the Democrats: How Close Are They?"

Featuring this clear proof of the Democrats' treachery:

"Nancy Pelosi said bring your friends to Chinatown and go to the bars."

If that doesn't prove Democrats are Communists, I don't know what would, San Francisco's Chinatown being such a notorious gathering place of Communists.


And now a right wing history lesson:


Hope you enjoyed that.  Notice that there is absolutely zero evidence to support this claim.  The lazy bums. Don't you think they could have at least fabricated some, like right wingers usually do?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Barack Obama Uses Coronavirus as Excuse to Push For ‘Vote-by-Mail’ in November"

An "excuse" to see that people can vote.  Outrageous!

Cassandra Fairbanks, Gateway Pundit:  "Mike Huckabee Files Federal Lawsuit Against County and Law Enforcement For Blocking Use of His Private Beach During Coronavirus Lockdown"

Way to help with the fight against a deadly pandemic, Mike.  And by the way, just wondering here, but how did a lifelong politician come to own a private beach anyway?

And of course, we can count on Jim Hoft for the most piggish comment of the day:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Should Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx be Criminally Charged? Tens of millions of American workers will lose their jobs because of inept government officials and their bogus models."

"Bogus models," according to the legendary Stupidest Man On The Internet, who knows far more than the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases.  So throw Fauci in jail for daring to contradict Donald Trump, who knows even more than Jim Hoft.  And if Trump cheats his way into the White House again, arresting people for telling the truth is probably the sort of thing we are going to see.  And I wish that were a joke.


And Jim still isn't done with Dr. Fauci:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WOW! Dr. Fauci Tells CNN He Hopes Brad Pitt will Play him Some Day"

This obvious joke is interpreted by Jim to be some sort of act of unbelievable egotism.   Jim continues:

"Dr. Fauci is the man behind the greatest economic disaster in US history."

Dr. Fauci.  Not Donald Trump, no, Dr. Fauci.  It is Dr. Fauci who is actually responsible for keeping the nation on course.  It is Dr. Fauci who is to blame when things go wrong economically.  I guess we have all seen that sign, "The Buck Stops on Dr. Fauci's Desk.  Not my problem."

And now for a little right wing humor:

I swear, I will never get these guys.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "California Got Played: IHME Hack Ali Mokdad Says California Is Over the Coronavirus Hump – They Shut Down the State of 39.5 Million for 584 Deaths!"

That's why there were only 584 deaths, you stupid jerk.

Eric A. Blair, Gateway Pundit:  "‘Can’t Operate Out Of Hysteria’: Dr. Carson Says ’98 Percent’ Of  Coronavirus Infected Will Recover"

Hey, so only two percent will die!  That's such a cup half full way of looking at things!

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Investigating the sources of evil in the world"

And what would that involve, exactly?

"As we celebrate Easter with empty pews and confront the "invisible enemy," in the form of a virus, there are reportedly six exorcisms being conducted in the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington at the current time. The pagans and secular humanists scoff at such reports. But signs of demonic possession can be measured."

Demonic posession. Great that the coronavirus has gotten you to focus so intently on our real problems, Cliff.  Maybe you could start by checking out the President.

Cherie Zaslawski, Renew America:  "Forget the vaccines--we've got a cure!"

hydroxychloroquine?  No, this time it's zinc!  Eat zinc!  Trump has pushed this one in his ego-fests, so just forget about a vaccine- who needs that?

"Our brilliant medical minds, precious few of which seem to reside in the CDC or the NIH, have found a plentiful and cheap cure for the much-dreaded Chinese Coronavirus, aka Covid-19: zinc!  Fauci, true-to-form as a Never-Trumper who supported Hillary, threw a wet blanket over the President's optimistic and spot-on message.
And now, thanks to President Trump for fast-tracking this cure and permitting its use now, we have just won this war!"

Yes, the pandemic is over!  Just eat zinc!  Or maybe a few teaspoons of galvanized iron, which should do the trick too!  And just in time, too:

"No more need for sheltering in place or shutdowns or lockdowns – if there ever was. And no, there never was. These tactics were used as an excuse for the America-hating Leftist globalists – many of whom masquerade as governors of Democrat-controlled states – to grind America into the dirt and to undo the prosperity Trump has brought to our nation."

Grind America into the dirt.  Well, look on the bright side- maybe that dirt has some zinc in it.

"Mr. President! Tell Dr. Fauci "You're fired!" ... Make America Great Again!"

By killing us all.

John Leonard, American Thinker:  "I'm a High-Risk Person, and I Object to the Coronavirus Panic"

I want to die.

Fletch Daniels, American Thinker:  "Democrats Likely to Dump Biden"

Uh huh.  Too bad Fletch couldn't get any Democrats to agree with that idea, but then who needs opinions from them, when Republicans are always right about everything?

Bruce Dietrich Price, American Thinker:  "Lenin's Train Goes Chugging through American Education"

An idiotic column, but it does give me a chance to show this nice photo:
Lenin, getting off his train in Moscow, from Ten Days that Shook the World. Isn't he cute?

Bruce claims to quote Lenin:

"We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth"

I did considerable looking for this quotation, and despite finding it in literally dozens of right wing websites over the last few years, I could never find a citation for it or any evidence at all that Lenin actually said it.  Let's just write it off as one more wingnut lie.

Before It's News:  "BREAKING NEWS: THE MILITARY HAS TANKS"

Astounding!  I never knew that.

Before It's News:  "Red Alert: Gathering Evidence Suggests That the New World Order Luciferian Roman Criminal Cabal Have Made Their Move to Replace Their Vatican / Crown Banking and Governance Slavery System for Their Long Threatened Demonic One World Government Slavery System... What Are You Going to Do About it?"

Take a nap.  And I advise you to do the same.  See you soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Yay!

And now the good news:  Linda Tripp, one of the most disgusting right wing leeches in the history of American government died today.

It isn't much but at least this isn't one more article about how Trump can't open his mouth without telling a self-serving lie.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Trump Solves the Face Mask Problem

This tremendous news just out:  Donald Trump is now reporting that he has solved the mask shortage in the United States.  "The fake news is lying as usual about the availability of face masks.  I have discovered that there is a huge supply of face masks available all over the country in costume stores."
And, Trump adds, these masks have the additional utility of being usable to view a solar eclipse:
Well, it is April 1st.

It Was Just One More Lie

Here's a headline today from CNBC, after the market started the new quarter with a nearly thousand point drop:
"Dow falls 900 points as Wall Street fears coronavirus will shut down economy longer than expected"
Longer than expected, based on Donald Trump's prediction a week ago that the country could end its state of siege as early as Easter, a week and a half ago.

Well, that claim only lasted a few days, but it certainly accomplished one thing: it stopped the slide of the stock market into a depression...at least for a week or so.  And that is all that Trump wanted- to end the bad press.  So he got a couple thousand points up in the market, and then, convinced that he had once again saved the world, he admitted that he was not going to come through on his promise.  The result? The market is on its way into the garbage again.

Naturally, the mainstream press has pretended to fall for his trick again, and when he went back on his clearly undeliverable promise, they have raved about how Presidential and serious he has become, and how he listened to his advisers at last.

After the last three years can anyone really believe that?  He thought he got what he wanted from his empty promise, and so he moved on to his new gigantic lie, that 200,000 American deaths would be a tremendous victory for him personally.  So, now we get stories like the following, from Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post today:
"When I began writing about economics in the early 1970s, I made a private vow that I would never use the word “depression” in describing the state of the economy. The economists and politicians who occasionally did so were, I thought, engaged in partisan hyperbole. Their game was to scare people into thinking the end of the world was at hand or to pressure Congress to enact a favored piece of economic legislation. 
Well, times change. I revoke my vow...For the first time in my life, I think a depression is conceivable"
Welcome on board the train, Robert.  Didn't you figure out in 2008 that Republican economics could cause a depression any time, if Democrats didn't stop them?  What did you think was going to happen when Republicans elected a criminal who is even stupider than George W. Bush, and then egged him on to indulge himself in his worst instincts?

Well, whatever people thought, this is what they have now got.  On March 18, I had this to say, and I stand by it:
"Let me be clear:  This country is now far more in danger of a massive depression than it is from the coronavirus.  And the sole cause of this is the Republican party and their leader, Donald Trump."
People who die of  Coronavirus may turn out to be the lucky ones.