Sunday, May 31, 2020

Looting as a Political Act

National Guard Deploys to Los Angeles as Protests Rage – Variety
And just to note:  This took place a few minutes drive from my house.


So we've already heard the narrative about Saturday:  The "peaceful" protesters versus the evil looters.  The peaceful protesters who will, of course, accomplish nothing in the face of the terror wrought upon them, and the looters, who will accomplish nothing either, except get themselves a new pair of sneakers. Even presumably liberal mayors and governors, like ours here in Los Angeles, join in defense of the police, who are obvously far more out of control than the protesters, while condemning the looters as subhumans with no right to a voice in how their lives are mangled by their own governments.

Well, here is what I wonder:  How loudly did all these moral authorities speak out when Donald Trump looted two trillion dollars from the treasury for his rich backers?  How loudly did they speak out when Donald Trump stole a hundred thousand American lives in order to try to hold on to the Presidency which he has so misused?  How loudly did they speak out for the last four decades, as the rich and powerful looted the entire country, looted the hopes of an entire generation that lives on the edge of poverty so a few thousand people can have yachts and ten bedroom country houses?  How loudly did they speak out when the rich and powerful looted our medical system, our education system, our infrastructure, until they were all on the point of collapse?

But stealing a pair of sneakers is an abominable crime.

Well, screw you, moral scolds.  If lawlessness and greed are good enough for the rich, then they are good enough for the poor.  This country's chaos was created by the rich, not the poor.  Its fatal dysfunction was created by the rich.  Its violence and indifference to the fate of others were created by the rich.  Don't you dare try to tell me that what is happening in this country today is the fault of that guy with a new pair of sneakers he didn't pay for.  That guy isn't interested in hearing your moral maundering any more, and frankly, neither am I.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Detroit Teenager Killed

Well, here we go:

"A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.
Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect."

Not looking too hard, I'd guess.

Headline I Expect to See Any Day Now

"Justice Ginsburg found dead under Joe Scarborough's desk"

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Only Good Democrat

I am not sure why I bother taking five minutes to point things out like this, but today, the President of the United States retweeted a remark from a Republican leader saying that "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat."

We have now reached the point where the President can call for the murder of the 63 million people who voted against him, without a single mainstream media outlet questioning his right to be President.  Of course, if confronted, he will claim it was all just a joke, the same way a playground bully would say that shoving that second grader into a garbage can was just a joke, but it is not a joke.  Today is the day that Trump also questioned the right of media platforms not just to oppose him but to even point out when he lies, threatening to reverse decades of judicial precedent to allow them to be sued for doing so.

Silencing the opposition, and calling for their death.  It's all so normal now, just part of the game, while the press devotes endless time to dissecting something stupid that Joe Biden said.  That's how we got this would-be dictator to begin with, and that is how we could be stuck with him again.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup



I want to take a moment to explain why I have been citing stories at Before it's News, which is basically an aggregator of right wing videos.  As I have mentioned, I have been following political crazies for half a century now.  And here is something that I have noticed, but never talked about before:  Practically every right wing conspiracy theory has existed in some form or another as long as I have been paying attention. But for the first thirty years or so, it took years or decades for them to gain enough legitimacy in the supposedly serious Conservative world to emerge into the light of day.  Over the last few years, that lag time has been drastically reduced, so that the most ludicrous, ugly lies make their way into the "mainstream" right wing media, or even into the mouth of the President of the United States, often within a couple of weeks.  I largely ignored the really lunatic sites at Wingnut Wrapup for a while because, well, it's enough to drive anyone crazy, but I do not think I can afford to do so any more.  Like Hydroxychloroquine, yesterday's crazy babbling is today's Presidential policy.

Before it's News:  "FEMA Preps 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Along the Cascadia Subduction Zone -13,000 Deaths in Wake of Pacific Megaquake...Hollywood has “brainwashed” people into thinking that California is where the next massive earthquake will hit."

No explanation of what Hollywood stands to gain from brainwashing people into thinking that the next big earthquake will happen in California.  I guess they do it just because they love evil.

Bradlee Dean:  "Trump DOJ Won't Investigate Obama & Biden - Will The US Ever See Justice Against Criminal Politicians?"

We hope so, when the Biden administration starts investigating Trump.

Before it's News:  "most of our drinking water today is dead"

I never really understood that water could be alive, unless you mean full of bacteria and protozoans, like the water Republicans supplied to Flint, Michigan.  After seeing that, dead doesn't seem so bad.

David Zublick, Truth Unleashed:  "Fauci Indicted, Faces Military Tribunal To Answer For Crimes Against America... And The Real Headlines!!

Because of course Fauci deserves being sent to prison.  And his indictment is now on Trump's desk, along with the 165,000 other sealed indictments that Trump is going to serve any day now.  Fauci...
 Boy, I bet you got a laugh out of that one.

Before It's News:  "Does Donald Trump Know Something More About Hydroxychloroquine Than Gates, Fauci and Big Pharma (Combined) Do?"

Oh, sure he does.  He knows more about war than the generals, more about business than anyone on earth (despite having gone bankrupt six times,) more about space than the scientists, and it goes without saying that he knows more about medicine than the doctors.

Before it's News:  "There's A Storm Brewing Called the Noahide Laws Drummed Through Congress By the Jew Traitor George HW Bush! Barack Obama, Another Jew, Promised That He Will Be Back But Not Wearing A Suit. Is Obama Going to Grow Breasts Like His Sex Partner Michael Did?"

Okay then, deranged hate is what the Republicans are going with.  And this is the first time I have heard that Obama is a Jew.  I thought he was a Muslim terrorist.  Maybe he switches religions on alternate days.

AMG News:  "FEMA Ordered 102,000 Boxcars With Shackles and Guillotines – Why Are Modern Guillotines On Military Bases Throughout North America?  FEMA has three-layer boxcars for transporting shackled prisoners to the more than 800 empty and guarded concentration camps across the USA, with 20,000 new prisoner boxcars and 40-foot railroad containers arriving in Oregon from China for our forests for planned martial law in time for military exercises for martial law...(unnamed informants) They described boxcars, in this case painted black, with shackles welded into them and a modern guillotine at the head of each boxcar inside."

Boy, it's been years since I have heard much about the boxcars and guillotines.

"Recently, a former high level satanist from the mountains of North Carolina, now a Christian and receiving discipleship, admitted that boxcars with shackles were indeed in the mountains of NC and waiting for the hour of martial law."

Because of course FEMA is in league with the Satanists. And there is nobody that right wingers would believe more than a self-declared Satanist.

Larry O'Connor, Town Hall:  "Obama's Legacy of Deceit...Frankly, at this point, I am less concerned in trying to win a criminal conviction from a DC jury made up of 91 percent Obama voters than I am in having the truth of Obama's deceit come to light and in having his presidency forever branded as the cancer on American exceptionalism that it truly was."

A presidency with absolutely no scandals, except for ones generated by Republican lies.

Eric A. Blair, Gateway Pundit:  "New Book Claims Bill Clinton Had Affair With Epstein Pedophile Recruiter Ghislaine Maxwell"

A book written by  Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper.  Alana Goodman works for the Washington Free Beacon.  Halper used to work for the Weekly Standard before it collapsed, and now writes for the Washington Examiner.  All three of those organizations are nothing but right wing propaganda factories.  Another example of right wing experts speaking out.

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Liberals Would Rather People Die Than Have Hydroxychloroquine Work"

Conservatives would rather have hundreds of thousands die than have Trump lose the election.  And by the way, Liberals would have been thrilled if Hydroxychloroquine had worked. It just didn't.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Liberal Law Professor Calls Out Judge in Michael Flynn Case: This Could Devolve into Mob Rule"

That would be "liberal" law professor Jonathan Turley, who you may remember being always available to spout out any Trump-favoring talking points, no matter how absurd, including demonizing the impeachment of Trump at every opportunity, having formerly been a huge supporter of the impeachment of Bill Clinton, because a blow job is far worse than treason.

Vanguard News Network:  "Why doesn’t Superman tackle a real problem: violent negroes murdering, robbing and raping White people every day in America? That’s a genuine problem. (Trivia: superheroes, and the comic book industry, were created by Jews)."
Violent negroes. Like the violent negro who forcibly put his neck under the knee of an innocent white police officer. I guess the answer to that very pertinent question can be found by observing the fact that Jews wrote comic books back in the day.  Comic books with subversive messages designed to inflame the lesser races, like this:


Or this:
Obviously, Jewish propaganda glorifying evil.
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Obama Had Plans to Stop Flynn"

Obama had "plans" to stop an illegally unregistered agent of a foreign country from becoming Trump's national security advisor.  Boy, that's a real crime.

"Obama knew Flynn had intentions to reverse years of bad and dangerous foreign policy doctrine."

Bullshit.  What Obama knew was that it was fine with Flynn to betray our country from the very top ranks of the executive branch.  I guess what Obama didn't know is that that was fine with Trump too.

Larry O'Connor, Town Hall:  "CNN Was Used to Spread Lies And They're Just Fine with That"

Town Hall readers will seethe with outrage over this story, whose details are almost unintelligible.  Town Hall, on the other hand, as I have documented a thousand times here at Wingnut Wrapup, is doing God's work by spreading lies.

"CNN and the reporters on this story are perfectly fine with their network being used to broadcast false information for political or criminal purposes."

No word, of course, about Fox News, or the very website that this article appears on, doing the exact same thing every day, multiple times.  Lying for Republicans is fine.

Chris Stigall, Town Hall:  "Masks Aren’t Meant For Presidents"

Particularly for tough he-men like Donald Trump, amirite?

"But for critics of President Trump, it’s about surrender. Nothing would bring global media more pleasure than to see the guy who displayed military hardware on the Fourth of July and massive crowds at MAGA rallies now sheepishly cowering alone behind a mask.  That’s their trophy. The larger-than-life, hard-charging, America first brawler reduced to wearing a mask because a foreign virus outmatched him. It would run in campaign ads through November. Old footage of a confident Trump optimistically telling the country we’ll defeat the virus slapped together with current footage of him behind a mask.

Thankfully, we have a president who knows the business of show better than the partisan hacks that cover him."

"The business of show." Too bad he doesn't know a damned thing about the business of government.

Ellie Bufkin, Town Hall:  "Trump's New Order to Squash Regulations Will Make Us All More Free"

Oh, sure it will.  Free from safe water and air, free from safe products, free from affordable health care, and, I am sure, free from elections that could be won by Democrats. Whooppee, Freedom!

And now for a little more Conservative humor, to brighten your day:
See, Marx and Castro were Democrats.  I bet you never knew that.

Bronson Stocking, Town Hall:  "Mueller's Top Deputy Now Fundraising and Stumping for Joe Biden"

Well, at least no one can say that Mueller's top deputy doesn't know what was actually in the Mueller report.  If I were you, Bronson, I'd think a little before publicizing this story.

Nick Arama, Red State:  "CNN Stalks Trump to the Golf Course"

This used to be called "reporting the news."  Now, it's part of the deep state.

Justus Knight, Before it's News:  "Deep State Bombshell...They Got Him! His Name Wasn't Masked! ObamaGate Scandal Blows Wide Open!  NEW DISCOVERY!  Flynn was never masked!  RussiaGate has NOTHING TO DO with Russia…it was a mere distraction, a grand illusion to cover for the grandest treason in American history. Flynn is the key to what Obama and his mob of maniacs have worked so hard to cover up."

See, the whole Obamagate thing was about Obama "unmasking" Flynn.  But now it turns out that Flynn's identity was never kept a secret at all, so there was no unmasking- the exact opposite of what they have been screaming for months.  Which just proves that Obamagate is real.  Still think you can reason with these people?

Before it's News:  "Planned Genocide of the White Race and the White Nations by Satan and His Followers - Informative Videos"

This post links to a video entitled "White Genocide- Extermination through Mongrelization."  I don't think you need too much imagination to guess what that video is about.  The following comment is also included:

"The White Europeans, Britain, the Commonwealth and Americans are the 13 tribes of Israel. Not the Jews. That is why Satan wants to genocide the white race. Satan’s children know who the white race is. This is why they flooded all the white nations with non-white people.  The Holy Scriptures tell us not to race mix and to remain a pure white race and not to corrupt our DNA with the COVID-19 tests and COVID-19 vaccines."

I must say that Christian Identity, one of the most loathsome and violent of all right wing cults, seemed to have disappeared in recent years, but I guess not.  Here it is again, and I will be watching this very closely, because of the history of murderous acts committed by them.  James Wickstrom, the man in this video, who has been dead for a couple of years, was a major figure in the Christian Identity movement, and is regarded as one of the founders of the terrorist Posse Comitatus groups of the eighties and nineties.

Eric A. Blair, Gateway Pundit:  "TRUMP: Biden ‘Doesn’t Know He’s Alive’"

Aren't you proud of our President, and the way he conducts himself?

"...he doesn’t really have experience because I don’t think he remembers what he did yesterday,” Trump said. “So how is that experience?"
After 18,000 lies, we have good reason to wonder if Trump remembers what he said five minutes ago.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Why Is This Woman Not in Prison? Dr. Birx Says She’s Less Confident than Trump that US Won’t Close Again in Second Wave Hits"

Deborah Birx has spent the last few weeks kissing Trump's behind.  Now she says one thing that is slightly different than what he says, and they want her in prison.

Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "“Jeff Benedict Arnold Sessions” Was Historic US Traitor – ‘Stealth Jeff’ Should Drop From the Alabama Senate Race Now"

He destroyed himself for Trump, and now he is a traitor.  More agitating for imprisoning people who say anything against Trump, from Joe Hoft.  And don't even try to tell me that Republicans don't know what kind of government does that sort of thing.  So, here we are, with only a mangled tissue of laws between us and a man who is fully capable of Hitlerian behavior.

Paul Cameron, Renew America:  "Gays spread HIV – repeat for Covid-19?  How many gays were ‘the first’ of a given category to die? Right now it’s not being reported, but probably many. Not only are gays more apt to deliberately infect, but they are more willing to ‘risk things, and defy authority... Everyone is endangered by them if they get infected."

Well, we could have guessed that this was coming, despite it being without a shred of evidence.  But why let a chance to show your hatred slip by?  Particularly when we are seeing examples of Evangelical Christians, who Renew America is aimed at, spreading Covid-19 every day, without giving a damn.  Talk about more apt to deliberately infect and more willing to ‘risk things, and defy authority.'

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Republicans don’t dare call it treason"

Oh yeah? They call it treason every single day.

"As more evidence emerges of the role played by former President Barack Hussein Obama in directing Russia-gate, President Donald J. Trump’s “allies” are leaving the field of battle. They seem not to want to hold Barack Hussein Obama responsible for what President Trump calls the  “biggest political crime in American history, by far!”  

What Donald Trump calls the “biggest political crime in American history, by far!”  Well, forgive me for being so wrong.  If Trump says it, that is all the proof we need, right? Start up the prosecutions!  Cliff continues with a detailed and completely unconstitutional explanation of what he considers treason, which is mainly opposing anything a Republican does, but I won't bore you with the details.  I will treat you to this excerpt:

" As we argued in one of our Obama books, Comrade Obama Unmasked: Marxist Mole in the White House, “The smoking gun evidence of Barack Hussein Obama's deep personal relationship with suspected Soviet espionage agent and Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis is the real Russia-gate scandal.”

"suspected Soviet espionage agent and Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis,"  who Obama knew as a child.  Even Cliff, unrepentant liar that he is, cannot bring himself to say that, in the last twelve years of endless abuse of Obama, anyone managed to find a shred of evidence that this is true.  So, "suspected."  By whom?  By the same people that think Hillary Clinton eats babies.

And now the good news.  Not much of it, but here it is:

Michael Austin, World Net Daily:  "Conservative nonprofit PragerU accused of 'false information,' gets throttled by Facebook"

The horror!  Dennis Prager accused of spreading false information?  Readers of Wingnut Wrapup may remember my referring to Dennis Prager as the most intellectually dishonest person I have encountered in half a century of following the right.  False information?  Dennis?  And what is this about?

"The PragerU video in question, posted on the PragerU Facebook page on Saturday, addressed allegations that climate change is hurting the polar bear population."

Polar bears.  Anyway, let me get to my point.  This "Prager University" post was based on claims made by "Polar bear expert and zoologist Dr. Susan Crockford."  And who is Polar bear expert and zoologist Dr. Susan Crockford?  Here's a little from DeSmog blog about her:

"Susan Crockford runs the website “Polar Bear Science” where she describes herself as a “zoologist with more than 35 years experience...Crockford, who has also said that “‘polar bear expert’ describes me just as well as ‘dog evolution expert,’” has not published in any peer-reviewed journals on polar bears.  Crockford has claimed her Global Warming Policy Foundation reports are peer reviewed. However, an undercover Greenpeace investigation cast doubt on the validity of the GWPF's internal review process, noting that only the group's internal advisory council generally reviewed documents, rather than the genuine, rigorous and often anonymized peer review of a traditional scientific journal." 

The Global Warming Policy Foundation is an anti-global warming propaganda factory. They refuse to reveal where they get their funding, but it is known that Susan Crockford has received a monthly stipend from the Heartland Institute, one of the largest climate denial propaganda factories on earth, which receives millions of dollars in funding from the coal baron Mercer family and the Koch brothers.

Ian Stirling, who has spent more than four decades studying polar bears and publishing over 150 papers and five books on the topic, says Crockford has “zero” authority on the subject.  

“If you tell a lie big enough, often enough, people will begin to believe it,” said Ian Stirling. “The denier websites have been using her and building her up as an expert.” 

In other words, an absolutely typical conservative "expert."

And of course,

Daily Beast:  "FBI Recovers 30 Hillary Clinton Emails Involving Benghazi"

Because lies never die.  The Daily Beast continues:

"The State Department said Tuesday that 30 emails possibly related to 2012 Benghazi attack were recovered during the FBI’s recent investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. According to the AP, State will take until at least the end of September to review the emails not previously disclosed by Clinton and redact any classifed information before publicly releasing the notes."

Oh, they MAY be related to Benghazi.  Of course, they may be related to the murder of Leon Trotsky for all we know, but they may be related to Benghazi.  And, surprise, surprise, the State Department will take from now until September to study these thirty e-mails, at a rate of about three days each, before releasing them in the height of a Presidential election.  Hey, James Comey's lying smears about Hillary's e-mails cost her the election last time around, maybe they can make it work against Biden this time.

Len Kasten, Before it's News:  "Did the Nazis Really Lose WW2?"

Yes, Leo, they did, but carry on:

"Antarctica Secrets, Slaves on Mars? Gates & Epstein Connection...As Len Kasten reveals in startling detail, the Nazis formed an alliance with the race of aliens known as the Reptilians. After World War II, they infiltrated the U.S. military-industrial complex and launched a Secret Space Program with interstellar spaceports in Antarctica and on Mars."

Just imagine what it would cost to maintain a slave on Mars.  Hardly seems like a good strategy, economically speaking. And with that, enough.  More than enough.  But it will just keep coming.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

100,000

That's apparently the official death toll today.  Of course, anyone who has really followed the science of the pandemic knows the real number, which can only be calculated later, will be much larger, but that is still plenty.

In honor of this landmark, I wish to make the following prediction about the upcoming election.  I have never seen an election in which the voters are so polarized.  Others have said that, but they don't mean what I mean when I say it.  The truth is that about half the voters are sane, and are consequently going to vote for anyone who will help get Trump out of the White House, while a consistent and apparently unchangeable 43% have totally given themselves over to Republican madness, and are willing to destroy this country and their lives to live out their violent, hate filled fantasies.

So basically, what this all amounts to is this:   The entire election depends on two factors: how much cheating the Republicans are able to get away with, and how successful their multi-billion dollar campaign of lies and smears is.  These two things have put the last two Republican Presidents into the White House, with absolutely disastrous results, but there are those 43% who are raring to give it another try.  Can Democrats fight this filthy perversion of Democracy?  We won't know until November; remember Hillary would have won if it was not for James Comey's knife in the back barely a week before the election.

We'll all be watching, want to or not.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Great Covid Con

I want to write about an issue that should be at the very forefront of reporting today, combining information about the covid outbreak with desperately bad news about what the Republicans are getting up to in the runup to the November Presidential election.

In discussing this, I want to quote from two articles from reliable left-leaning websites.

The first was published yesterday at Talking Points Memo, an almost invariably reliable source of information.  Here is an excerpt; I hope you will take the time to read the whole thing:


"Are We On a Permanent COVID Plateau?

We’re getting a mix of information about the state of the COVID epidemic in the United States – much of it contradictory. I wanted to take a few moments to pick apart these seemingly contradictory realities which are happening at the same time.

The first fact is that the initial experiments with easing the strictures on social and economic life have not generated the spikes in new cases that some predicted. Georgia is the clearest case of this. Neighboring Florida is another. We don’t know yet why this is the case. Perhaps we need to wait longer to see the impact. Perhaps continuing mitigation efforts are more effective than anticipated. Perhaps there are cultural, social, epidemiological or even climatic factors that make these states less susceptible to the kinds of outbreaks we saw in New York and other urban centers in the North. But we’ve seen enough data to say with some confidence that the worst predictions are not coming to pass, or at least not quickly."

Now, let me move on to an article from Daily Kos today.  Again, I encourage you to read the whole thing:


"New analysis suggests COVID-19 deaths massively underreported, especially in the South

Because Donald Trump is the angel of death, people are dying in numbers that would have been inconceivable just a few short months ago.

We’re rapidly approaching 100,000 officially reported coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S...Unfortunately, it turns out the actual number of dead might be considerably higher than the official number.

The Surgo Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that “integrate[s] ideas and approaches from multiple disciplines to examine stubborn problems in a new light,” recently did a deep dive into U.S. COVID-19 cases and concluded that the official picture is likely a lot rosier than reality:  "what we’ve learned is disconcerting. Our data suggest that we may be especially undercounting COVID-19 deaths in Southern parts of the US. In more than 200 of the counties we examined, excess death rates were between two times to 30 times higher than reported COVID-19 death rates."

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my fear that, in the face of an uncontrollable epidemic, Donald Trump, with the full cooperation of Republican run States, would simply resort to massive lying about the true death toll.  Calculating the deaths from an epidemic is a fairly complicated process that not very many people know a thing about, and a lie is so easy to tell, particularly given the extreme unlikelihood of our pathetic excuse for a mainstream press doing a thing to arrive at the real numbers.  Here, even intelligent and highly informed people at Talking Points Memo seem to have accepted numbers from Republicans; God, shouldn't they know by now not to do that?


Trump probably correctly perceives that he cannot be re-elected unless he makes people think he has handled the covid epidemic.  Actually handling it, of course, does not mean a damned thing to him; just getting people to believe that he has.  And it has been obvious to me for some time that the most straightforward way to accomplish his goal is to simply spread massive lies about the extent of the damage.  Well, here it comes. 

The Greatest Country on Earth

Today, the United States, which has about four percent of the world's population, has just over a quarter of all reported Corona virus deaths.

Are you tired of winning yet?


By the way, did you see any of Trump's appearance at the White House today?  I only saw a couple of sentences of it, but he looked terrible.  I wonder how much he is dwelling on the ultimate humiliation that may very well be coming to him, what has haunted his thinking his whole life: that he would be stripped of all pretense of worth in front of the entire world; a fate to earn which he was willing to throw away every scrap of human decency he might ever have had.  Even more than Nixon, this is the stuff of tragedy.  But like the fate of Boris Goudonov, there will be nobody to mourn his passing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

American Bushido



I am disturbed by Donald Trump's attempt to militarize people's thinking about the Corona virus, claiming that all Americans are now "warriors," and that he is a wartime President.  Sure, a lot of this is just to try to make himself into more of a hero to his ignorant base, but I think it is a dangerous move.  And what it reminds me of is the Japanese notion of Bushido, as warped by its government in World War II.


I am sure that virtually anyone that reads my blog is familiar with the concept of Bushido, which was the code of the Japanese Samurai.  For those who are not, here is an excerpt from Niitobe Inazo's seminal 1899 book on the subject, Bushido.


"Bushidō, then, is the code of moral principles which the samurai were required or instructed to observe ... More frequently it is a code unuttered and unwritten ... It was an organic growth of decades and centuries of military career. In order to become a samurai this code has to be mastered.

The samurai of thirty years ago had behind him a thousand years of training in the law of honor, obedience, duty, and self-sacrifice ... It was not needed to create or establish them. As a child he had but to be instructed, as indeed he was from his earliest years, in the etiquette of self-immolation."


And remember that during all those long centuries, the code of Bushido applied only to Samurai, a caste of warriors that were born into that role, were trained in it from early childhood, and had no responsibilities to society other than fulfilling that role, but in return were expected to be willing to sacrifice themselves for the people if necessary.


This changed in the runup to World War II.  At that time, the Japanese government began systematically propagandizing their people into thinking that every Japanese citizen was required to follow the code of Bushido, with its demand that all people must be subservient to the military goals of the state.  War was presented as glorious, and death as a duty, not just for the Samurai class (which in any event hardly existed by that time, in any meaningful way,) but for everybody. 


The result of the success of this brainwashing was the slaughter of millions of Japanese people, for years after the time, marked, I think I may say, by their loss at the Battle of Midway, a mere six months after Pearl Harbor, when it was clear that Japan could not win the war.


This is the price of encouraging mindless militarism in large segments of the population.  It is a price that Donald Trump is willing to pay, if it keeps him in the White House and out of prison.  It is, however, hardly an appealing price for the rest of us.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

I think we'll just start out with a little Conservative "humor" today:

You see, coverage of the miserable failure of Donald Trump to deal with an ongoing crisis that has killed 90,000 Americans is actually a way for Democrats to distract people from a nonexistent scandal based on Republican smears.

This would be one of the great examples of projection of all time, if it were actually a Republican psychological problem, rather than one part of a systematic strategy of denying the monstrosity of their own crimes by calling their opponents the actual criminals.

So, I have been spending more time with Wingnut Wrapup lately, after having not posted much of this sort of thing for quite some time.  This is because, in this material, we can see the Republican party forging the lying smear campaign that is (other than their usual electoral cheating) the only hope they have of retaining the Presidency in November.  So it is worth looking at, as a prelude to what is to come in the next few months.  And here we go:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Attorney General William Barr has been kicked in the teeth many times since he took over the Justice Department. He’s done an excellent job. For liberals, he’s a nightmare. He’s a political puppet. He’s a traitor. He’s usurping the rule of law. And all of these allegations are lobbed because Barr is exposing the bad behavior of Obama’s Department of Justice that was engulfed in Russian collusion delusion."

William Barr is a monstrous criminal.  Let's just get that straight.  And Trump did collude with the Russians to win the White House.  That is literal, Constitutional treason, but it is fine with Republicans as long as it gets them what they want, or what their sociopathic rich backers want, which is everything.  What Obama did was refuse to ignore a threat to our democracy.  That was his job, but it apparently also made him a criminal.

Bronson Stocking, Town Hall:  "McEnany Shreds Reporter Asking All the Wrong Questions About Obamagate'

Because it is up to Trump what the "right" questions are.

"White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany schooled a reporter about Obamagate on Friday. The smug reporter asked the press secretary to name the specific elements of the crime that members of the Obama administration may have committed."

What was Obama's crime?  A perfect example of asking the wrong question.  How dare the reporter ask that?  Dear leader has spoken! McEnany's answer was of course the usual Trump bullshit, so I will just move on without wasting time on it.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  Well, This Disturbing Statistic on False Guilty Pleas Shreds Liberal 'Flynn Pleaded Guilty' Talking Point...The fact is that it’s by no means rare for persons to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. Some are scared. Others confused. Some lack the intestinal fortitude or financial wherewithal to stand up against the warnings or threats from the prosecutors."

Yeah, ill educated juvenile thugs and people like that do sometimes confess as a result of police mistreatment.  Not a former lieutenant General and Trump's national security advisor.  What, was he "scared," or "confused?" Did he lack the "intestinal fortitude" to stand up to a bunch of FBI questioners, or the "financial wherewithal?"  This whole excuse is beyond pathetic.  But, of course, it's all they have.

William Marshall, Town Hall:  "Attorney General Barr as Ulysses S. Grant"

Well, if Trump is Lincoln, I guess Barr could be Ulysses S. Grant.  Did I ever mention that Green Eagle is Napoleon?

"So what is Barack Obama so afraid of? As the saying goes, you know you’re over the target when you’re taking flak."

Well, considering that Obama has been "taking flak," i.e. being lied about almost daily by Trump for five years now, maybe Mr. Marshall has a point there.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Fauci vs. Trump - Who's Right?"

Ha ha.  Who is a better basketball player, LeBron James or me?

"Moreover, while Fauci and Redfield are specialists in epidemics, Trump's portfolio goes far beyond that.  He is chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, responsible for the security and defense of the nation. His portfolio is broader and deeper than those of Fauci and Redfield."

He is also a delusional psychopath with the intelligence of a ten year old.  And he knows absolutely nothing about epidemiology, even after it being the major issue he has had to deal with for months.

"Ultimately, Fauci is not "The Decider" here. Trump is."

Yeah, that is the problem.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "It’s On: Graham Announces ‘In-Depth’ Hearings on Obama Administration Abuse"

Despite being as gay as Liberace, Graham is petrified Trump will out him to his voters,who don't seem to be able to figure that out, and who are already close to dumping him in the garbage chute.  So he will kiss Trump's ass just as hard as he can.  And may I say, I hope he does call Obama to testify.  You think Hillary made Senate Republicans look like fools.  This will be TV for the ages.

Red State:  "Devin Nunes Announces Members of Mueller’s Team Will Be Subjects of Criminal Referrals"

Letting crooks run things; here is where it ends up: using the Federal judiciary to persecute decent people for daring to be honest.

"On May 13, 2020, Caitlin Yilek at the Washington Examiner had a bombshell story that got lost in the breaking news about the Obama Administration “unmasking” scandal, and the orders from Judge Sullivan in the Gen. Flynn case.  Yilek’s bombshell came from an interview with Devin Nunes during which he said that the GOP Minority Members on the House Intelligence Committee would be making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice on individual members of the Special Counsel’s Office headed by Robert Mueller."

The Washington Examiner- one more right wing propaganda rag.  And the bombshell is that Republicans will continue attempting to make prosecuting them for their crimes a crime in itself.  Tell me again how the Republican party is not trying to turn the United States into a Fascist dictatorship.

Bonchie, Red State:  "Roger Stone Speaks Out, Doesn’t Hold Back"

Who gives a fuck?  I mean, really, who is going to listen to a guy with Richard Nixon tattooed on his back?

Which brings us to a break for just a little more Conservative humor:

And there you have it, all in one gigantic conspiracy theory.

Megan Fox, PJ Media:  "Every Karen on Facebook is shaming her neighbors for not wearing a face mask...But now, there’s another doctor weighing in—besides Dr. Fauci, bonafide sex god and ruler of us ...Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, has written an editorial saying that “masks pose serious risks to the healthy.”

Well, before we bother with this any more, Dr. Russell Blaylock is a former professor of "alternative medicine" who has been active for years in the anti-vaccine movement and in promoting chemtrail conspiracies.  From Wikipedia:


"Blaylock has called the American medical system 'collectivist' and has suggested that health-care reform efforts under President Obama are masterminded by extragovernmental groups that wish to impose euthanasia.  According to Blaylock, the former Soviet Union tried to spread collectivism by covertly introducing illegal drugs and various sexually transmitted diseases into the United States. Schwarz characterized these positions as "conspiracy theories."

Conspiracy theories.  No shit, Mr. Schwarz. Well, so much for Dr. Russell Blaylock, I guess.  I think I will stick with Dr. Fauci, if you don't mind.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Acting DNI Ric Grenell Announces the FBI Will No Longer be Giving Intelligence-Based Threat Briefings to Candidates...The FBI was frozen out.  This is huge."

It sure is huge.  It makes sure Trump can tell any lies he wants without fear of being contradicted by his political opponents.

Cassandra Fairbanks, Gateway Pundit:  "Fresno County Sheriff Mims Says She is Not Enforcing Stay-At-Home Orders, Too Busy Trying to Re-Arrest Freed Criminals"

If she can't do her job, maybe she should move on and let someone else do it.

Kristinn Taylor:  "Trump Warns McConnell on Failure to Hold Democrats Accountable for Russia Collusion Hoax"

Has there ever been such a brazen liar as Donald Trump?  And of course, McConnell, having failed to do his duty and remove Trump for massive criminality, will now undoubtedly "hold Democrats accountable" for the crimes he and Trump committed.

Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Flynn Judge Ignores Supreme Court and the Constitution...Which part of United States v. Michael Flynn does Judge Emmet Sullivan not understand?"

Well, at least he understands the part where when you plead guilty twice, you are pretty clearly guilty.

Deane Waldman, M.D., American Thinker:  "Release Free Market for Affordable, Accessible Medical Care"

Ronald Reagan released the free market for medical care forty years ago, idiot.  Where did that get us?  Huh?  I'm waiting to hear how Americans spending twice as much as anyone else on earth, in order to have the 37th best health care in the world, is a great victory for the free market.  Affordable, accessible medical care indeed.  And don't forget this:
Yes, free enterprise has certainly given us a wonderful medical system in the good ol' U.S. of A.  Yes, sir!

Susan Daniels, American Thinker:  "How did Osama bin Laden really die?"

Any lie about Obama is so in these days:

"From the evidence, the case could be made that if President Barack Obama had terrorist Osama bin Laden killed in May 2011 at the latter's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, Obama would have had to bring him back from the dead to do so.  On December 26, 2001, the Egyptian newspaper a-l Wafd posted a death announcement for bin Laden, citing as its source "a prominent official in the Afghan Taleban movement."

Well, here we are- if they can have a chance to smear Obama, they will believe a report from an unnamed member of a fanatical Islamist party rather than the combined assessment of our own military and intelligence community.  And here, I thought they hated Muslims.  You know, there is actually an Arabic proverb, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."  This kind of thinking is responsible for a lot of the misery in the Arab world today.  Apparently, the Republican party is bringing it here to the US, now.

Frank Friday, American Thinker:  "Coronavirus panic provides Trump a great opportunity to make a deal on pensions...The president has a once-in-decades financial opportunity with virtually no downside."

An opportunity to cut pensions.  A perfect use for a medical crisis.  With no downside, except for the millions of people who worked their whole lives only to have the government stab them in the back.  Of course, everything that ever happens is an opportunity for Republicans to steal more money for the rich, so why should a deadly pandemic be any different?


And now, today's Conservative history lesson:

Before it's News:  "America derives from Al’Morocco."

Yup.  I guess the whole Amerigo Vespucci thing was a gigantic lie.  America is named after Morocco.  For some reason.  Whatever it is, it undoubtedly is something bad about Democrats.

Wayne Allyn Root, Town Hall:  "Obama and Me: How I Knew Obama Was a Bad Guy Before Anyone Else"

Wait...before I continue I just want to remind you that Wayne Allyn Root has been one of the biggest right wing smear merchants for a couple of decades now.  Here's a sample, from Wikipedia:

"Root is known for spreading conspiracy theories and false information. 

Root was a leading proponent of the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Root falsely claimed that Obama was not a student at Columbia University.  He has repeatedly described Obama as a "Marxist, anti-American, anti-Israel, globalist, middle class-hating, Muslim sympathizer". In 2017, he claimed that Obama was gay, called him "Bathhouse Barry" and said that he had info from Obama's "friends in Chicago" about his "sordid past". In 2014, he described Obama as a "Manchurian candidate", possibly hired by the Bilderberg Group to destroy the United States and "kill all of us". 

He promoted conspiracy theories around the murder of Seth Rich, and at various times suggested that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, Bill Clinton, Eric Schneiderman and John Podesta were involved in the murder. 

During the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, Root falsely claimed that blaming white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. for killing Heather Heyer was "such B.S. Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I've ever met commits violence. EVER. 

On the night of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, in which 58 people were murdered, Root tweeted: "Clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack." Police later determined only one shooter—a non-religious American—was involved." 

Root argued that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is motivated by "penis envy", because "Mueller's is smaller than Trump's."

And that is what passes for an expert political commentator on the right.  Anyway, here's what he says today:

"Obama and Me: How I Knew Obama Was a Bad Guy Before Anyone Else...I've been writing about "Obama the bad guy" for many years. I was the first to name former President Barack Obama the head of the Obama crime family. I coined the phrase "Obamagate" to describe his reign of crimes against candidate and then President Donald J. Trump.  Obama was the capo di tutti of the Obama crime family. He gave the orders. He gave the approval. He was in the room as each crime was hatched.

I was Obama's classmate at Columbia University, class of 1983. We were both pre-law and political science majors.  During the campaign, I was asked in hundreds of media interviews: "Were you two friends at Columbia University? What was Obama like?" I always answered honestly: "I never met him, never saw him, never heard of him."

Well, that certainly gives Wayne Allyn Root a firm basis for spending years smearing Obama.  Because there's nothing like never having heard of someone to make you the perfect authority to declare that they are an inhuman monster.

Sister Toldjah, Red State:  "Acting DNI Richard Grenell Shuts Down Adam Schiff After He Erupts Over More Organizational Changes"

"Organizational changes" apparently being the Republican term for firing all the independent counsels.

Eric A. Blair, Gateway Pundit:  "‘I Exaggerate When I’m Angry’: PAC Releases Scathing Ad Showing Biden Flat-Out Lying In 1987"

1987!  Biden told a lie in 1987!  No word on the 18,000 documented lies Trump has told in the last three and a half years.  But Biden told a lie 33 years ago. That should end Biden's campaign right there.

Before it's News:  "The Continued Attacks On The American People As Convicted Criminals Released Onto The Streets"

Michael Flynn?

Ted Cruz, US Senator, attacking Joe Biden:  "Remember simpler times when corruption was just $10,000 in a paper bag handed secretly under a table in a smoky bar in Washington? Corruption sadly has gotten much more sophisticated in Washington"

So sophisticated that nobody on earth can find a crime there.  What clever criminals Democrats are. Unlike Donald Trump, who is corrupt right out in the open, confident in his power to destroy anyone who opposes him before he can be held responsible.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Eric Trump’s Claim That Coronavirus Will Disappear In November Isn’t Wrong"

Being totally contradictory to all known epidemiological fact is not, in fact, being wrong.  How could that be?

"As I’ve written previously, it’s clear that keeping places in lockdown at this point is a waste of time and that the left’s enthusiasm for it has less to do with keeping people safe and healthy and more to do with the fact that keeping the economy in a state of arrest is hurtful to Trump’s chances at reelection"

Oh, I see.  Even though it might vastly increase the eventual death toll, it is still right to say this because pretending that the virus is going away by itself is a help to Republicans.  Nice of you to be so upfront about this, Brandon.

Davenj1, Red State:  "Don’t Reform the FBI; Kill It"

They found bad things about Trump!  Off with their heads!

Victoria Taft, PJ Media:  "Attorney General Barr Just Made Major News on 'Obamagate.' You'll Want to Sit Down for This...In just the past few days it’s been publicly disclosed that both Obama and Vice President Biden were in an Oval Office meeting in which the investigation into Trump National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn was discussed."

Unbelievable!  The President and the Vice President were in a meeting where a foreign threat to our national security was discussed!  Off with their heads!  Oh wait, didn't I just say that?  Anyway, they were Doing Their Job While Democrat (and in one case, while You Know What.)  The worst crime in American history!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  “The People of the United States Need to Know They Have a Brilliant President” – TX Doctor"

I agree with Jim here.  The American people do need to know that we have a brilliant President.  Unfortunately, in our hour of need, we are stuck with a clearly mentally deficient one.  Not that Republicans treated the last President, who was brilliant, all that well.  Times change, I guess.  Back then, we needed a really stupid President.

Cherie Zaslawski, Renew America:  "Welcome to the Fourth Reich...The plethora of new and ever-changing dictatorial edicts in many states today strikes me as eerily reminiscent of the Nazi’s series of escalating mandates that targeted the Jewish population. However, in our own case, we’re all the targets."

Nazis!  No word about her side's collaboration with real Nazis.  And with that, I believe Wingnut Wrapup has sunk about as low as it needs to today.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Thalidomide

The thalidomide disaster might have happened so long ago that the great majority of Americans know nothing about it.  If you are one of them, I urgently request you to read this article, or one of the many similar accounts you can find online.  Here is an excerpt:


"Thalidomide is a sedative drug discovered at the end of the 50s, which caused a worldwide tragedy. The drug has been prescribed to many pregnant women in order to relieve pregnancy nausea. It was later found that thalidomide caused irreversible damages to the fetus and thousands of children were born with severe congenital malformations. Many of them did not survive more than a few days after they were born."

“What the public did not know is that Grünenthal had no reliable evidence to back up its claims that the drug was safe. They also ignored the increasing number of reports coming in about harmful side-effects as the drug was being used. In fact, starting in 1959 Grünenthal was flooded with complaints from doctors about mild to severe and sometimes permanent nerve damage, especially by elderly people who had used the drug as a sleeping aid.

The company was equally dismissive of concerns related to deformed babies. The drug was widely promoted as an anti-nausea drug for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness. When the company was confronted with reports on malformed babies and suggestions that the malformations could be possibly linked to Thalidomide, they didn’t react. Instead of taking all those reports seriously Grünenthal responded with measures to keep the drug on the market.”

I have spared you any photos of the horrible results of the use of this drug without adequate testing. This dreadful episode in our history is in large part responsible for the strict testing guidelines required before drugs can be sold on the open market.


With our current HHS Secretary bluntly stating that the Trump administration intends to have hundreds of millions of doses of a Covid drug available by the end of the year but that "they may not prove to be safe and effective,"  people had better realize what this sort of thinking can lead to.  Sorry to inflict this story on you, but I think it is important.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Safe and Effective?

So what?

Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, speaking today:


"Is the pledge 300 million Americans will be able to get a shot in their arm by the end of the year?" Brennan asked.

"That's a goal," Azar explained. "What happened is these drug companies and vaccine makers said it's all going to take this amount of time because they're using their traditional approaches."

"The president said that's not acceptable," he continued. "We're going to scale up commercial manufacturing and produce hundreds of millions of doses at risk. They may not pan out, they may not prove to be safe and effective but we'll have it so we can begin administration right away."

Well, then, we will have a vaccine!  But it may not work and it may not be safe.  Thanks, Trump.

I guess we should have just stuck with injecting bleach into our lungs, or taken a drug meant for an entirely different disease.  Because we so trust Donald Trump, the brilliant medical mind, to tell us what medicine is good for us.

"I really get it...People are really surprised I understand this stuff.  Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability.”

 If you believe one doctor ever said such a thing in the entire history of the human race, you are stupid as a goat.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Lunacy or Lying?

Will we ever know?

Donald Trump, yesterday:

 "When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn't do any testing we would have very few cases."

Cases that we are not allowed to hear about do not even exist.

Can Trump and his sycophants really have degenerated into such magical thinking as to believe that if you don't look at the numbers, the cases aren't there?

I sort of hate to quote Max Boot, but he has this to say:

"This is akin to FDR saying that if no one reported the attack on Pearl Harbor, it wouldn’t have happened."

Lunacy.  Or are we seeing the next step in the Republicans' answer to the coronavirus epidemic?

All along, Trump has essentially done nothing to really address the crisis.  All he has done is to try to make people think that it is not really a major issue.  As is his normal behavior, he has lied about it from day one, and this is likely to be the next step in his barrage of lies.

We have already seen signs that Trump intends to drastically mangle the way that covid deaths are calculated, to reduce the numbers to whatever he thinks the American people will accept.  He has suggested this in public several times now, and you can be sure that he is resorting to his usual bullying behind the scenes to make it happen.  This is liable, I am afraid, to be the Trump administration's prime response to the pandemic between now and the election:  lie about the facts in order to sucker people into believing it is under control.  And a major part of this, I am afraid, is convincing people that the epidemic has caused far less damage than it really has.  Get ready for this, because it is in line with his approach to everything: lie about it and then beat people into agreeing with his lies.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trump Revenge Strikes Again

Read any stories about Richard Burr, the now former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee?  They are all over the news today, relating how the Justice Department has launched an investigation about likely insider trading violations that he committed, which resulted in Mitch McConnell removing him as head of the Intelligence Committee.  Well, hooray for the Justice Department!  All of a sudden they have made a 180 degree turn and are just so concerned with Republican corruption!  Here is a section from the Washington Post story dealing with this development:

"Sen. Richard Burr is stepping down as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, following the seizure of his cellphone by FBI agents investigating stock trades made before the coronavirus crashed financial markets...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement that Burr informed him Thursday morning “of his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the investigation. We agreed that this decision would be in the best interests of the committee and will be effective at the end of the day tomorrow.”

The decision to step aside acknowledges the awkward, ethically fraught dynamic that would have existed if Burr (R-N.C.) had continued to lead a committee with oversight responsibilities for an agency conducting a criminal investigation of his conduct."


Wait, how can that be?  We all know that somehow this cannot be the real story, and of course it's not.  Donald Trump does not give a God damn about Republican corruption, as we all know, but from what I have read, the mainstream news is not going to bother to report on what actually happened.

Here is the truth:  Burr, as head of the Intelligence Committee, has been about as bipartisan as any Republican gets these days.  Weak tea, admittedly, but it is something.  Well, in early March, Burr allowed his committee to release a report that, at least on some level, confirmed every fear that decent Americans had about Trump conspiring with the Russians to steal the Presidential election in 2016, an act that could not go unpunished.  You can read the press release from the Intelligence Committee here, but this is the essence of it:

“The Committee found no reason to dispute the Intelligence Community’s conclusions.

“One of the ICA’s most important conclusions was that Russia’s aggressive interference efforts should be considered ‘the new normal.’ That warning has been borne out by the events of the last three years, as Russia and its imitators increasingly use information warfare to sow societal chaos and discord. With the 2020 presidential election approaching, it’s more important than ever that we remain vigilant against the threat of interference from hostile foreign actors.”

The Committee finds the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) presents a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case that Russia engaged in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election."

A complete contradiction of the mass of lies that Trump has been telling about his treasonous collusion with the Russians, ever since he was sworn in.  Well, we can't have that, and most particularly we can't have a Republican chairman of a Senate committee who would dare to tell the truth about Donald Trump.  And that is the real reason that Barr is gone.  Of course he deserves to be booted out of the Senate for his profiting from inside information, but if that were the standard practice, two thirds of the Republicans in Congress would be out in the street.  You can be absolutely positive that whoever replaces Burr will be a William Barr level sycophant, and no information will ever emerge from that committee on a bipartisan basis that tells the truth ever again.

Mission accomplished, Trump and McConnell.




A Little Note:  I just heard Rachel Maddow say the same thing I am- that this was all about punishing Burr for daring to release an honest, bipartisan report about Trump's collusion with Moscow, and to see that no Republican ever does anything like that again.  Hooray for you, Rachel.

We're Doomed

Here's a comment from Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post this morning:

"President Trump’s handling of the pandemic is getting lousy ratings. (CBS News reports: “President Trump’s handling of the outbreak continue to drop from March and are now the lowest he has received. Today, 43% say he’s doing a good job"

In other words, President Trump's incompetent, murderous, corrupt handling of an epidemic that is killing tens of thousands and destroying the economy has left him with an approval rating of...exactly what it has been during his entire term in office.  There is basically not a Republican voter in the country that has been awakened by the last three and a half years of criminality and dirty self-dealing. Not a single one.

Well, I can hear people replying that 43% is not enough to get re-elected.  But remember that all that it takes is to convince 8% of the rest of the voters not to vote for Biden (and the smear campaign is already in full force,) and he wins.  For the Democrats to win, they have to convince 51% of the voters to vote for sanity.

This is why I say that of all the crooked, abominable, traitorous things the Republican party has done in the last fifty years, by far the worst is building a voter base that is utterly immune to reason or common human decency, and can be manipulated into voting based on hatred, rage and greed.


And More:  I want to link to an excellent article along these lines at No More Mister Nice Blog.  Well worth a read.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

FAUCIGATE!

I reported in my last post about the greatest crime in history, Obamagate.  But now, perhaps an even more sinister plot has been discovered-

FAUCIGATE


So of course it is the responsibility of Green Eagle to bring you details of this latest abomination.  This comes from a long article at Before it's News, which contains so much ludicrous misinformation that I could not possibly cover it in a single post, so I am taking the unusual step of linking to this piece of rubbish, in case any of you want to view it in its full glory.  It's quite a read; I will try to cover the major points here.


May I just say first how absolutely appalling it is that the right wing in this country is able to manufacture the most disgusting and detailed lies about anyone who threatens their psychotic world view, even as innocent and well-meaning a figure as Dr. Fauci, and then almost instantly spread these hateful smears around the entire country.  We can only imagine with dismay what Joe Biden is going to face between now and November.   Anyway, on we go.  And no, I did not make any of this up.  It's all real.

"The Most Corrupt Career NIH Criminal Ever to Head the NIAID 

Just wondering, how many corrupt career criminals have headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases?  Seems to me that if they were so power hungry, they would have gone into crooked real estate deals and then worked with a foreign dictator to become President, or something like that.  But no, apparently, allergy and infectious diseases was a big enough criminal world for the evil mastermind, Dr. Fauci.

FauciGateIt doesn’t get any bigger that FAUCIgate.  How so? 

Just look at what this capo di tutti i capi of the Medical Mafia — Dr. Anthony Fauci — has gotten away with since the beginning of this manufactured coronavirus pandemic and meticulously staged panic.

An accurate accounting of the countless deaths, widespread disease and community destruction, damage to the national and state economies, societal collapse and citywide devastation, bankrupted businesses and ruined families, etc. is simply too long to list here.  Nevertheless, when the damage is finally assessed, few individuals on the national stage will be found as culpable as Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci.

Only the Godfather of the Medical Mafia could have gotten away with such a catastrophic crime spree against the American people—IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!"

And believe me, they are talking about the real Mafia, not just a figure of speech.  Fauci has an Italian name, so of course he is a vicious Mafia leader.  But that's just the beginning:


"Not only is Fauci a super-loyal Democrat operative, he’s an extremely dangerous Cultural Marxist and communist Manchurian Candidate."

Not just a made man, but a Communist too, and a cultural Marxist- something that doesn't even exist.  That's how evil he is.


"He had to be brainwashed that way; after all, it’s all about enacting Medical Martial Law, collapsing of the American Republic and ceding national sovereignty to the United Nations via the WHO.

Medical martial law.  There's a new one.
Really, how did Fauci’s grandparents coming from Sciacca, Sicily and Naples, Italy — two of the poorest areas on the Italian peninsula — ever accumulate the substantial funds necessary to send Anthony’s father to Columbia University.

More significantly, how did Fauci’s parents ever acquire the considerable capital to set up a pharmacy in that day and time?

We’ll tell you how.  The Mafia"

And how did his parents get that money to start a pharmacy?  I mean really, if the Mafia was really behind them, why didn't they start a hedge fund or a venture capital company, where they could get really rich, or maybe run gambling casinos like Donald Trump?  No, this Fauci family is a strange combination of malevolent power and modest goals.  A pharmacy.  Sending their kid to medical school. That really is a sign that they were a part of a Mafia plot to destroy the country.


"Factoid & Commentary: The Italian name “Fauci” translates to “Jaws” inEnglish.  Remember how scary the movie Jaws was; and how much it keptpeople off the beach?  Fauci’s COVID-19 op is yet another case where “truthis stranger than fiction”.

Jaws!  Decades before the movie came out, but somehow related.  But now, let's be clear about the real powers behind the whole thing:


"Really, who are the perps at the peak of the pinnacle of the pyramid of worldly power that have pulled this thing off since January? 

That’s easy: it’s the very same warmongering tribe that has run the world ragged for millennia. 

And don't you know what's coming?

This fearmongering tribe is also the same one responsible for all of these fastidiously engineered cataclysms, by the way: 

The Armenian Genocide, 
World War I, 
Bolshevik Revolution, 
Spanish Flu Genocide, 
The Great Depression, 
World War II, 
The Holocaust, 
9/11 Terrorist Attacks, 
The War on Terror, 
and COVID-19 Pandemic

the Khazarian Mafia — whose reign of terror has no end."

The "Khazarian Mafia," the "fearmongering tribe,"  a.k.a. the Jews!  Bet you didn't see that coming.  The Mafia is just a tool of the Jews, who have done every evil thing in the last century, with apparently no significant gain to themselves at all. Well, who knows, maybe it made them enough money to open a few pharmacies.


Well, there you go; a perfect example of the efforts the right will go to in order to destroy even the most minor participants in today's events, if they threaten the psychotic world view which has been created to keep their supporters in line.  Spectacles like this are laughable, until you remember that half of the American voting populace has fallen for them, and consequently these benighted people have come to support a true cabal, which is openly wreaking exactly the kind of murderous plot against us all that their followers hallucinate onto their opponents.

Obamagate



PHILIP RUCKER: "You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do?"
TRUMP: “Obamagate.”
RUCKER: What is the crime?
TRUMP: “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody.

Four days ago, virtually none of us had ever heard of "Obamagate," a crime which apparently involves Barack Obama's having ever existed, judging from the name.  Now, the right wing propaganda apparatus is filled with hundreds of stories about it.  How does this happen so fast?  It couldn't be that what pass for hundreds of news sources on the right are actually the limbs of a single thousand-armed octopus that is essentially centrally run by the Republican party, could it?  Well, here is a Wingnut Wrapup that concentrates almost exclusively on this gigantic lie, which this week appears to be the issue around which Republicans are going to rally this summer and fall.

And let me just add that it now appears that something that I have spoken about with fear in the past is about to come true:  William Barr, a man who is by a thousand times the most corrupt Attorney General in the history of our country, seems to be preparing to use the power of his office to fabricate a gigantic false case against top Democrats, accusing them of the most abominable crimes.  None of this, of course, will be resolved by election day, and it could very well give Trump another four years, to complete his destruction of the United States, given the way the mainstream press has handled Republican smears in the past.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Did Hillary Clinton's Campaign Manager Know About Trump Dossier? Dem Lawyer Says He Sent Receipts"

And?  So what if he did know about it?  What, exactly, is that supposed to prove, that Hillary's campaign manager knew that Trump was a traitor?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Did James Clapper Brief Obama on the Flynn-Russia Calls?"

And was it a "crime" for an intelligence head to brief the President of the United States about a threat to our country?  Apparently it was, if the threat came from Republicans.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Truth, Not Politics, Is at the Root of the Left-Right Divide"

Truth.  Dennis Prager.  Give me a break.

And now for a Conservative humor break:

Well they think it's funny.

Katie Pavlich:  "Grassley: It's Time We Find Out What Biden Knew About Targeting General Flynn"

Why?  Why should we find that out? What would it prove?  The vice president knew what the Executive branch knew?  Boy, that sure is a crime.

Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Senate GOP Focusing on Susan Rice’s ‘By the Book’ Email...“Move over Russiagate, Make room for Obamagate.  How brazen they are sitting in the Oval Office on January 5th and saying they might not share intelligence with the incoming administration."

Because they had evidence that Trump was a traitor, which he was and still is.  That's the reason they didn't want to share intelligence with him.  Is that wrong?

Nick Arama, Red State:  "Senate Throws Down the Gauntlet, Wants Big-Name Obama Officials to Testify on Russia Probe"

Senate Republicans, that is.  Of course:

"Looks like #ObamaGate is heating up with the release of documents related to Gen. Michael Flynn as well as the other transcripts released by the House Intel Committee."

Not that there is a thing in these documents to demonstrate this, but so what?

"Fox News reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose investigation is separate from the one being conducted by U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham for the Department of Justice, may issue subpoenas for the Obama officials to get to the bottom of how the narrative started that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election.  Put these guys under oath and ask them the right questions and let’s see if they start jumping shit and talking with enough pressure."

Because there is not one scrap of evidence now to support this lie, and anyone with any sense knows it.  And that is because Trump did collude with the Russians, and everyone knows it.  And by the way, isn't that exactly what Democrats are accused of doing to General Flynn, putting him under oath and seeing if he will talk with enough pressure?  Isn't that, by the way, what all prosecutors do with criminals?  Except of course that honest prosecutors only do it with people they believe are guilty, which is not what Republicans are up to here.

"Sen. Chuck Grassley has made it clear that he’s going to go there, asking that question about Obama and Biden.  Can we anticipate that they would be put under oath? That would make the summer."

Oh boy, would it.  That could make Benghazi and the e-mails look like nothing.  Which they were, and so is this.  But the likelihood of the mainstream press biting on it anyway and running with it until the election is about 99.9%.

Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Was Obamagate a Rogue Operation of the White House?"

Well, that's the story, isn't it? And they're sticking to it. Trying to stop treason is a "rogue operation."


And now, time for some more Conservative humor:
Yeah, "as if."  Of course, all of those things are just Republican lies, while Michael Flynn actually pled guilty to his crimes twice.  Other than that, exactly the same.

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Time to Perp-Walk Barack Obama and Joe Biden"

Yeah, time to arrest the opposition candidate for President.  That's the answer to Trump's problems.  And it is certainly a tried and true solution in many countries.  Like Zimbabwe or Nazi Germany.  And sad to say, with Barr acting the way he is, it just might be the answer the Republicans come up with.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Mexican Government Demanding Answers About 'Fast and Furious' Gun Smuggling"

Because no fake Republican smear ever goes away.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "The Real Reason Trump Didn't Name Obama's Specific Crime in 'Obamagate'...The full scope of the Obama administration’s effort against Trump has yet to be revealed, but recently uncovered evidence suggests a whole host of crimes have been committed...Trump did not name a specific crime against Obama because the scope of the malfeasance is so vast that any one named crime seems insufficient to capture the horrifying nature of the story."

Not that Tyler, Trump or anyone else can name one of the crimes.  Trump refused to name a single crime because there aren't any.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "IT’S HAPPENING — Trump Tweets Tucker Carlson’s Devastating Breakdown on Why Obama is PANICKED #Obamagate"

And of course, Jim Hoft has to get in on the act.

Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "“President Obama’s Hands are Dirty. They Are Beyond Dirty. He Has Judicial Blood On His Hands.” – Former US Attorney Joe diGenova"

Joe diGenova, most recently a key figure in the Trump Ukraine hoax, one of the chief smearers of Bill and Hillary Clinton, back to the 1990's, and a man never known to tell the truth in his life.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "The dirty wars behind Obamagate...“Obamagate” is the name being given to Barack Hussein Obama’s role in the Michael Flynn case, in which Flynn was framed for wrongdoing then cleared by Trump’s Attorney General William Barr."

Flynn was not "framed," as he twice pled guilty.  And he was not cleared by William Barr; Barr mangled the justice system to let him off, in perhaps the worst illegality ever committed by a sitting attorney general.  Don't worry, though- Barr appears to be preparing things that will make this crime look like nothing.

"Looking back, we can safely conclude that Russia-gate was designed to divert the public’s attention away from Obama’s involvement – and the involvement of the CIA – in supporting terrorism in the Middle East."

You can "safely conclude."  You can conclude that lie, safe in the knowledge that your ignorant, stupid base will eat it up.

World Net Daily:  "List of Obama officials who unmasked Flynn declassified"

You may have already forgotten "unmasking," as a result of the ten thousand lies Trump has told since then, but let me remind you that it did not exist.

"It is now up to Attorney General William Barr to release the names of the officials involved in the unmasking."

Oh, that's a comfort. It's up to William Barr.  That's like saying it was up to Heinrich Himmler to see that the Jews were safely resettled in other countries.

World Net Daily:  "Is Twitter suppressing the hot new #ObamaGate hashtag?"

Hot! New!  A hot, new lie!  Just what the Republicans need!

World Net Daily:  "Limbaugh hammers Obama for 'directing' collusion coup to oust Trump...Says former prez now complaining about coronavirus to deflect attention from Russia scandal"

What would a Republican smear be without Rush on board?  And I think that calls for one more dip in the Conservative humor pool:

Another real side-slapper there.

Ron A. Y. Rich, American Thinker:  "Who Has It Worse: Donald Trump or Abraham Lincoln?  Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Today, Trump's character is assassinated daily."

First of all, Trump has no character to assassinate.  Relating his endless string of criminal activities is not character assassination, it is telling the truth.  But anyway, if you think people saying bad things about you is really worse than being murdered, Ron, why don't you try both and get back to us about which was worse.  But Ron might still not agree:

"an argument can be made that the blind hatred of President Trump, which has been diagnosed as Trump Derangement Syndrome, is even more invidious than the widespread hatred against President Lincoln in his day.  This is so because the people who hated President Lincoln at least had rational reasons to do so...many believed that President Lincoln not only caused the Civil War, but also prolonged the Civil War because of some of the military decisions he made"

Trump being a criminal and a traitor is not, apparently, a good enough reason to "hate" seeing him in the White House, while a lie about Lincoln causing the Civil War was.

Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker:  "Will There Be an Obamagate Reckoning? You Betcha!

You betcha!  Trump has so wrecked the country that a gigantic, all inclusive lie about Democrats is all they are going to have to run on.

"a plot of this magnitude had the blessing of the big boss, the capo di tutti capi, as the Mafia like to say, the boss of all bosses, President Barack Hussein Obama. Hence the name ObamaGate."

Sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but the President is sort of the capo di tutti capi.  That's his job.  Not in the actual mob sense like Trump seems to believe, but apparently Obama being in charge was a massive crime.  Because, I presume, it was a crime for that sort of person (if you know what I mean) to be President in the first place.

John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist:  "‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It’s The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time"

BIGGER THAN TRUMP'S TREASON AND CORRUPTION!  AND IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT, JUST SHUT UP!  SHUT UP! SHUT UP!!!!!!!  There, I guess I told you, libtard.


Well, that's enough of that, huh?  Just get ready, because the Republicans appear to be preparing this monstrous lie to be the centerpiece of their 2020 electoral campaign, and after their success with Benghazi, Hillary's e-mails, the Swift Boats and on and on, there is no reason to think the press won't buy every bit of it.  And with corona virus deaths on a pace to equal the number of Americans killed in World War II by the end of this year, they are going to be screeching their lie out 24 hours a day.



Update: Because of course.  From Alternet this morning:

"The media is taking the bait on Trump’s fake scandal...It’s not surprising, but it’s utterly disappointing.

Much of the media certainly knows that there’s no basis for President Donald Trump’s recent allegations around the nebulous and fake scandal he is preposterously calling “Obamagate,” but they seem determined to play along in the farce anyway."

If you still think that the media are the Republicans' dupes, it is about time that you faced reality.  The media are not the Republicans' dupes, they are their collaborators.  As I have said so many times before, the Democrats could destroy the Republicans without hardly trying, but what they cannot stop is the Republicans and the Press working together.  And, regardless of the damage, they are setting the table for a replay of the abomination that gave us the last four years.