Monday, June 29, 2020

The Storm Is Here, I Guess

For those of you not familiar with wingnut jargon, "The Storm" is when President Trump finally unleashed the forces of justice against the Deep State and begins serving those 165,000 secret arrest warrants that have been issued against his opponents.  (by the way, no wonder he never gets anything done.  How can he work with 165,000 pieces of paper on his desk?) I guess the legions of QAnon followers out there must be getting tired of being told every single day now for three years that justice is going to come raining down within a couple of weeks, only to be endlessly disappointed, because today, the following list of people that have already been arrested by Trump and the "Justice" department has appeared online.  Get ready for it; it's a doozy:

Robert Downey Jr. ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
James Clapper ARRESTED & AT GITMO 
Hillary Clinton ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Diane Feinstein EXILED TO CHINA 
James Clapper ARRESTED & AT GITMO 
Rita Wilson Hanks ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Harvey Weinstein ARRESTED & IN PRISON 
Queen Elizabeth ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Phillip Windsor ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Charles Windsor ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Michelle Obama (Big Mike) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz ARRESTED & AT GITMO 
Maxine Waters ARRESTED &; AT GITMO 
Joel Rogosin (writer) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Matthew Seligman (musician) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Charles Gregory ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Hal Wilner (producer) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
John Prine (singer) ARRESTED &a EXECUTED 
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Troy Sneed (singer) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Fred the Godson (rapper) ARRESTED & EXECUTED 
Loretta Lynch ARRESTED & AT GITMO 

I was going to make fun of some of these entries.  For example, why was the producer of Knight Rider and Magnum PI included on the list, or some middling-famous English rock bassist?  And John Prine or Roy Horn?  But what really made me wonder is what the idiots who propagated this list are going to do when a large number of these people show up within days, going about their business?

Well, never fear.  An answer is ready for all of this:

"If this is remotely accurate I say  ‘In come the Clones like never before’ What a sad announcement for all Humanity this actually is. 

God Bless"

Yes, what we will be seeing will be nothing but clones, something unknown in the real world until now, because cross my heart and hope to die, all of the above people are out of circulation, arrested for eating babies or something.  And that will be far more believable to the blind hordes who still support Trump, than the notion that they are all being played for suckers.

And that is why our country is teetering on the brink of oblivion.

Wingnut Wrapup

Down we go.  And I mean down:

The Herland Report:  "George Floyd Was Not Killed By Police, autopsy show died from overdose of Fentanyl?  The US media, Democrat Party, white liberals, and the sorry excuse for a leftwing are so primed for “white racism” that they jumped to their desired conclusion..."

A new high in self delusion, given that we see him being killed on video by police. Notice even they had to put a question mark at the end of their claim.  They know it's a lie, but that won't stop them from trying to get the rubes from believing it. This comment is intended for anyone that still believes that the people who produce this hateful crap really believe any of it. 

The above opinion is the product of one Paul Craig Roberts.  Here are a few of his other contributions to modern American thought:

The Anti-American Universities Are a Much Greater Threat to Us than Putin and China 
Ignorant Thugs Destroy Statue of Abolitionist Hans Christian Heg  
Seattle’s Idiot Mayor Makes an About Face  
If it is the Whites who are Racists, Where are the Videos of White Men Beating up Black Girls? 

Roberts lists himself as the John M. Olin fellow at the Institute for Political Economy, an entity for whose existence I could find exactly zero evidence outside Roberts' own multiple websites.  He did, however, have some involvement in the past with the Hoover Institution and the Cato Institute, both major right wing propaganda factories, the latter primarily funded by the Kochs.  I guess of late he has become an expert on forensic medicine.

I must say that the Herland Report is a new one to Wingnut Wrapup.  Here's a couple of other specimens of serious analysis from them:

The Herland Report:  "Why the total silence on White Slavery? White slavery was normal in the Bysantine Period"

Well, let's just get past the fact that the experts who wrote this article on the Byzantine period don't seem to know how to spell it, and focus on the fact that the Byzantine Empire came to an end in 1453.  It is apparently inconceivable to these writers that people might be more concerned about oppression that is still going on right here in America, than about something that happened 600 years ago, halfway around the world.

Herland Report:  "Interview Judicial Watch director Chris J. Farrell: Hillary Clinton ran criminal enterprise from the White House"

Well, Judicial Watch.  I'm not going to get into a discussion about this idiotic organization, which is so lawsuit happy (they always lose) that their founder once sued his own mother. I'm not sure- he might have won that one.  I have covered them so many times before, but if you want to know more, you can look here.

Needless to say, they have absolutely zero evidence, other than a number of endlessly discredited conspiracy theories about the Clinton Foundation, Huma Abedin, the e-mails (of course) and even a claim that there was massively illegal "Obama and Clinton collusion," as though it is a crime for a Democratic President to cooperate with his own Secretary of State.*

The Herland Report:  "Communist Antifa “Red Army Faction” use brutal force to implement US Marxist anarchy"

Red army faction?  Why not just come right out with it and call them Satan's Legion of Hate?  The report bases its claims on the following:

"Soeren Kern at Gatestone Institute writes (excerpts): Empirical and anecdotal evidence shows that Antifa is, in fact, highly networked, well-funded and has a global presence. It has a flat organizational structure with dozens and possibly hundreds of local groups.
A common tactic used by Antifa in the United States and Europe is to employ extreme violence and destruction of public and private property to goad the police into a reaction, which then “proves” Antifa’s claim that the government is “fascist.”

Empirical and anecdotal evidence.  Translation from wingnutese: no evidence at all.

And what, you are asking, is the Gatestone Institute? Or more likely, you are not.  Whatever. I'm going to tell you anyway.  From Wikipedia:

"Gatestone Institute is a far-right think tank known for publishing anti-Muslim articles...Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former national security advisor, John R. Bolton, was its chairman from 2013 to March 2018."

John R. Bolton.  Hmm- I think I've heard that name somewhere recently.  If you have still not made your mind up about this story, here is the testimony of another well-known impartial expert:

"U.S. Attorney General William Barr has blamed Antifa — a militant “anti-fascist” movement — for the violence that has erupted at George Floyd protests across the United States."

Well, okay, then.  Bolton, Barr...Somewhere they probably had a juicy quote from Idi Amin too, but it didn't make the cut. 

And here is a probably delightful interview:

"Leading US podcast TradCatNight features Hanne Herland and New Left Tyranny"

Leading US Podcast TradCatNight?  That's another new one on me.  Here's their own description of themselves:

"TradCatKnight is a traditional Catholic website that covers: the apostasy in the Catholic Church, the coming one world religion/ New Age, False Prophet & Antichrist, prophecy, real 3rd secret of Fatima, Zionism, Islam, patriotism, various endtime subjects, DAYS OF LOT, latest earth changes, health, GMO’s,  prepper/survivalism, geopolitics, economics, geo-engineering, illuminati, freemasonry, mainstream media brainwashing, Agenda 2030, new world order, Planet X/Niburu, FEMA Camps, Mark of the Beast, phony alien disclosure forthcoming, project bluebeam, HAARP/SCALAR weaponry, weather wars, chemtrails, Vaccines, global depopulation and MORE!"

Did they miss any right wing delusion there?  Oh well, I just want to welcome the Herland Report to Wingnut Wrapup.  I am sure we will be hearing more from them in the future.  And as for TradCatNight, here is a little more from them:


Boy, they really do specialize in wrapping it all up together- Jeffrey Epstein and the Covid pandemic are all the same thing.  And I can't leave them behind without one more contribution from them:

"TRADCATKNIGHT: The Eagles Are Coming (Part Five)"

I am not sure if they are referring to Green Eagle there, because of course I didn't read the article, but if so, they are right to be worried.  He is a vicious biter. 

Before it's News:  "The True Story of Barack Hussein Obama, the Spear Chucker - Without an Authentic Birth Certificate"

No right wing lie ever dies.  Nor any racist smear.  A small sample of this well reasoned analysis:

"Obama does not have the spirit of Moses and is possessed by demons.  1 John 2:18 tells us there are many antiChrists. Barack Hussein Obama is an antiChrist but not the “The Main AntiChrist”. Barack Obama, a Black Jew, is just a warm up to the star attraction.   Barack Obama is a dog which is a description of a homosexual in the bible."

Apparently, it is now far worse to be a Jew than to be a Muslim.  Anyway,

"Barack Obama is the beast that comes up out of the abyss and will be an integral part in the assassination of Trump and Pence as per Revelation 11:7.   And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.  (Revelation 11:7)"

I never heard Hawaii referred to as the abyss.  I've lived there twice, and I just don't get the similarity.  And here is where I gave up on this one:

"Will Donald and Barron Trump Be Declared the Two Messiahs for the Jews?"

No, they won't. I can pretty well assure you of that.  The world has gone crazy, but not that crazy.

Before it's News:  "Agarthians Issue Urgent Coded Message As They Emerge From Inner Earth To Walk With Us On The Surface"

I mean, how do you discuss anything with people who claim to believe things like this?  And now, encouraged by our President, they are giving up any pretense of decency:

Before it's News:  "Blacks Are Not Equals to Other Races"

We gave them such a wonderful life since bringing them over from Africa, and they still are a worthless underclass, because they are subhuman.  That's pretty much the gist of this article.

Before it's News:  "Revealing The Satanic Serpent Race Based On A Book In Which The Author And His Entire His Family Were Killed For Exposing This Truth"

I made it far enough into this post to see a picture of its author speaking in front of a Nazi flag, in case you hadn't figured out yet who the "Satanic serpent race" was.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Conservative Principles Never Require You to Submit to Tyranny"

Well, maybe except for that thing in 1930's Germany.  And a few dozen others I can think of.  A list which we here in America will be joining if Kurt gets his way and Donald Trump is re-elected.

"Weaponizing principles is one of the left’s favorite tactics, and it’s right out of Alinsky 101. Rule for Radical No. 4 is "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."

Because it is a gross injustice to expect Conservatives to actually do what they claim to believe in.

Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "Soccer Team Dumps National Anthem for Song Written by Communist Sympathizer"

That would be a semi-professional soccer team in Oklahoma, who are now playing "This Land is Your Land," by legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, instead of the Star Spangled Banner.  I suspect what really angers right wingers about Woody Guthrie is that he once wrote a song about evil slumlords entitled "I Aint Got No Home/Old Man Trump," that was indeed about Donald Trump's father.  Not kidding; here it is:

And another great example of Republican Projection:

Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Where Did Biden Get the Idea to Investigate Flynn Under the Logan Act? Undercover Huber Has a Theory"

It couldn't possibly be that Joe Biden, unlike Donald Trump, actually knows something about our government's legal system, no.  According to Elizabeth, Biden got the idea from watching an episode of a television show, West Wing.  This evidenceless speculation is particularly intolerable because we all know that Donald Trump gets virtually all his ideas from watching Fox News.  A similar tactic to getting some lying tool to accuse Biden of sexual harassment because we all know Trump has abused women for decades.  The article continues:

"To fans of the long-running show “The West Wing,” however, the scene had an eerie familiarity. They may have noticed Obama’s goal of curing cancer matched a similar goal put forth by Josiah Bartlet, the fictitious Democratic president in the show, which ran from 1999 through 2006."

West wing was for curing cancer, and so was Obama.  Obama must have stolen the idea from the TV show.  How else could someone come to be against cancer?

Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Activist Suggests Replacing Our National Anthem With the Worst Possible Alternative"

Freebird?  I must confess here that, during the George W. Bush administration, Green Eagle did indeed attempt to replace the national anthem with a composition of his own, entitled "I am a monkey from the moon."  It just seemed to fit Bush so well.  Despite Green Eagle's earnest efforts, the proposal did not succeed, something which continues to be a mystery to him.**

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "NYT Editor Defends French Revolution as America Lives Through a Small Taste of the Reign of Terror"

About 50,000 died in the French Revolution, leaving out the Vendee Civil War, which was related but not directly connected to it.  That is tens of thousands less that Donald Trump's corruption, incompetence and narcissism have killed in the current covid epidemic.  And by the way, the "Reign of Terror" was run by the then in power French government, not those opposed to it.  Maybe Tyler is engaging in a bit of wishful thinking.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Cheering Supporters Line the Streets to Greet President Trump as He Arrives in Wisconsin"

Ha.  The picture accompanying this article shows maybe a hundred of them. 

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "EPIC! Biden Emerges From His Basement to be Greeted by Line of Pro-Trump Supporters and a Trump Truck Outside Lancaster Event"

And the picture of this event shows fourteen of them!  As well as a truck!  With Trump signs on it!  Man, the support for Trump is booming.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Far Left Companies – Pepsi, HP, Doritos, Paypal, Adobe, BMW – Pull Ads from Facebook"

Just thought you would like to know that giant corporations – Pepsi, HP, Doritos, Paypal, Adobe and BMW, are far left organizations now. They will be marching on the White House with pitchforks and torches any day now.

Frank Louis, Renew America: "It looked full enough to me: Tulsa, a great success for 'The Don'

One third full- enough for Frank to wait a few days, and then come and lie about it:

" Word is that around 12,000 people went through the metal detectors."

Word from whom?  Frank doesn't say. The official count was under 6,200.  As I said in an earlier post, the only problem Trump's people had with the Tulsa rally was not waiting for a few days, like Frank, until short-attention-span Americans' recollections had become a little hazy, to start telling their lies.

World Net Daily:  "Paramedic Joshua Kupelian: The surprising truth about 'chokeholds'

They couldn't even find a single doctor to make the claim that George Floyd was not choked when a policeman put a knee on his neck until he died; all they could find was some attention-hungry paramedic.

C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal:  "D.C. police union boss: 70% of members are considering quitting the force"

And we thank them for their voluntary contribution to the defunding of the police.  'Bye now.  See you soon, when you are working as security guards at Target.

World Net Daily:  "Trump: he's in office 'for such a time as this'

He sure is.  He caused it.

Elle Reynolds, The Federalist:  "BLM CO-FOUNDER APPEARS TO VIOLATE IRS LAWS ON CNN...Patrisse Cullors told CNN she wants to ‘get Trump out,’ but the IRS prohibits nonprofits such as the BLM organization from making such political statements."

The President is turning the Justice Department into a corruption factory, their own Fox News Network does nothing all day long but try to keep Trump in, and this is what Conservatives are coming up with in the way of left wing crimes.  By the way, anyone who doesn't want to 'get Trump out' is betraying our country.

The Federalist:  "How Our Mass Dishonor Of Elders Helps Destroy Society"

I am not about to tell you what this stupid article says, but about what it does not say.  It does not mention, among its list of dishonoring of elders, the Republican party's willingness to kill them all off in order to protect the profits of their donors.

And now, the Democratic scandal of the week:

Missy Crane, Pro Trump News:  "Census Records Show Man With Same Name as Joe Biden’s Reported Great Great Great Grandfather Owned a 14-Year-Old Slave"

Really.  That's a real article.  It really is.   Count on this one to be a big story with the wingnuts come election day.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Excuse Me, FBI Director Wray, Did You Withhold Exculpatory Evidence From Michael Flynn?"

I think I pointed this out earlier, but whenever right wingers pose their claims as questions, you know that they are lying, and are trying to provide themselves a loophole if they are called on it.  "I mean, I'm just asking.  Its what they are saying."  "They," of course, never being named.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "It Looks Like the Anti-Flynn Judge Could Defy Appeals Court and Keep This Clown Show Going"

It is a clown show for a judge to sentence a criminal to a term well within the sentencing guidelines after the criminal has twice pled guilty.  If the criminal is a Republican, of course.

Jennifer Van Laar, Red State:  "Woke Media Claim Black Lives Matter “Protests” Didn’t Cause Coronavirus Spike"

That is what the scientific evidence says at this point, but of course to wingnuts it is just one more malicious lie, because they don't like the facts.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Communism Comes to America’s Shores: Michigan Woman Urges Voters Not to Vote for Her Republican Father"

In an entirely predictable move, Jim Hoft manages to come up with the piggish wingnut remark of the day.  It is apparently now Communism to favor the election of a Democrat.

Fox News:  "AG Barr tells what he's 'going to do to bring back law and order'

Hint: it was tried before, by Heinrich Himmler.  Worked, too.  For a while.

Newsmax:  "Rep. Liz Cheney Tweets Photo of Dick Cheney Wearing a Mask"

Dick Cheney is an 80 year old man with a history of heart disease.  He may not have that much of his life still in front of him, but apparently despite being a massive criminal, he is not stupid enough to want to give up what's left to help Donald Trump out of the hole he dug for himself.  That is apparently a vicious betrayal of the country.

Newsmax:  "Mueller Report Witness Gets 10 Years on Child Sex Charges"

Mueller report witness.  This is presented as an indictment of the Mueller investigation.  No comment on the fact that he was a Mueller report witness because he was a close associate of Donald Trump.  No, this reflects badly on Mueller.  Sort of like, if a prosecutor gets one mob guy to testify against another mob guy, that proves that the prosecutor is the real criminal.

Theodore Bunker, Newsmax:  "Study: Severe COVID-19 Cases Can Cause Brain Damage, Psychiatric Problems"

No wonder Trump is holding rallies again.  And who says that he isn't trying to expand his base?

Patrick Buchanan, Newsmax:  "Basement Strategy Lets Biden Avoid Tough Questions"

See, it was all so simple.  Trump could have saved himself so much trouble if he had gone down to the bunker and stayed there, instead of having to appoint a criminal to be Attorney General.

Mark Vargas, Newsmax:  "Roger Stone's Crime Was Supporting Donald Trump"

Accessory to treason.  Yup, I'll buy that one.

Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Journalist Says Don’t Sweat the New Polls, ‘Democrats have gone stark raving baying-at-the-moon bats**t crazy’"

That would be "Journalist"  Bryan Cates, a writer for the Epoch Times, a right wing propaganda rag owned by a murderous Chinese cult, who also writes for Breitbart.  Another example of wingnuts manufacturing their own "experts," who are, of course, expert at nothing but brazenly lying.

"Cates starts with rumors that the Democrats will replace Biden after he receives the party’s nomination in August. Cates reminds us that Trump’s campaign has been setting up their ground game for the past two years. The Biden campaign is still working on theirs."

And how is that "ground game" doing, Trump guys?  Maybe if you keep up your current strategy, Trump can go from 14% behind to 18 or 20% behind.

"Democrats, said Cates, ‘have gone stark raving baying-at-the-moon bats**t crazy.”

Not crazy enough to say that windmills cause cancer, or stopping covid testing will make it go away. And certainly not crazy enough to do nothing for three months while Vladimir Putin pays bounties for killing American troops.  But still, there is Democratic crazy, and Republican crazy.  The first one consists in thinking the rich sociopaths that own the Republican party are going to cooperate in building a fair society, and the second consists in...well, just look around you.

Reverend Mark H. Creech, American Thinker:  "Is violence the way to advance racial justice in America?"

No, according to Reverend Mark.  The correct way is to politely ask white people for equality and then shut up when you don't get it. And come back twenty years later and try the same thing again.

J. B. Shurk, American Thinker:  "Conservatives Are Treated like Second-Class Citizens, and That's Dangerous"

It is dangerous.  They should be treated like rabid dogs.

Tadas Klimas, American Thinker:  "Flynn never pled guilty...we hear belligerent lost souls screaming out:  “But Flynn pled guilty.”  To which one should reply,  “No, he did not.”

You know what?  I was going to describe to you the grotesque twisting of the law and the English language necessary to arrive at this conclusion, despite the fact that Flynn did plead guilty twice, but I won't waste your time.  Things like this are intended for people who are willing to believe that Hillary Clinton eats dead babies, not for rational human beings.

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "Carly Fiorina Betrays America...How on earth can Fiorina vote for Joe Biden for president?"

Because voting for a Democrat is treason.  And don't kid yourselves, a lot of them believe that.

Ted Noel, M.D:  "What good do the masks do, really?"

They keep people alive.  Next question?

RichieFromBoston, Before It's News:  " Are you ready to Die for what you Believe, Honestly?"

You know what, Richie, I am sure as hell not willing to die for what right wing lunatics like you believe.

And now this news:

Before it's News:  "The Thing" Found in Antarctica Is a Monster's Egg"

Okay, then.  At least it wasn't another kid of Donald Trump.

*Please note that it is illegal for a President to collaborate with his own Attorney General, when the point of the collaboration is to subvert prosecution of criminal acts committed by themselves.

**A true story.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Capacity Issues

This story is certainly worth a minute of your time if you are at all interested in Republican political humor:

"Georgia voting rights activists push back on claims that absentee ballots cause ‘capacity issues'

Capacity issues!  Let's stop people from voting because too many of them want to vote!  And would you have trouble guessing which ones will be eliminated due to "capacity issues?" 

Apparently, it never occurred to Republican Georgia legislators that the answer to this problem is to increase the "capacity" until every voter has a right to cast his ballot, as is required by law and common human decency.  No, the answer is to use this ludicrous claim as one more excuse to limit voting to only those they want to vote.  Republican corruption never ends, and extends to every single thing they can get their hands on.  There is no real salvation for this country until this criminal conspiracy, which used to be a political party, is eliminated.

A Mississippi Proposal

Those stupid, neanderthal racists in Mississippi have finally decided to take the Confederate battle flag off of their State flag, 165 years after their treasonous rebellion was finally beaten down.  But don't worry- they aren't going to go away without trying to replace a shout of hatred with a dog whistle.  The number one candidate to replace the current Mississippi flag is something called the "Magnolia flag."  Mississippi white people are hoping that nobody (except their fellow racists, of course, all of whom will be in on the joke) notices that this flag was first raised over Mississippi in 1861, when it seceded from the Union, and is as much a symbol of hatred as the one they proudly fly now.

So, Green Eagle has a proposal to make himself, to honor the greatest cultural contribution to the world to ever come from the State of Mississippi:

There. Isn't that something that all Mississippians can be proud of?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Impeachment 2.0?

God knows Trump has earned it a hundred times over, and in light of the Republican party's corrupt refusal to hold him responsible for his crimes, it may be the only real tool the Democrats have to set him apart in history from all other Presidents.

I have always made my position clear:  Impeachment is a responsibility of Congress when a President is as treasonous and lawless as Donald Trump.  It must be done because it is the right thing to do, regardless of Republicans' malicious refusal to face reality.  However, I have a warning, and a proposal:

If a second impeachment becomes necessary (something which I think could very well be occurring now) the Democrats in the House must carry out their hearings in the midst of the electoral campaign, regardless of the screaming of Republicans, but they must not actually pass an impeachment resolution until after election day.  And here is why:  I am afraid that, if Democrats impeach Trump before election day, the Republicans in the Senate may just be cynical and self-serving enough to go ahead and remove him, a week or two weeks before the election.  That will leave them with Mike Pence as their replacement candidate, who will be supported by a multi-billion dollar, massive ad campaign which will portray him as Just Like Joe Biden, only with added racism.  And I believe that strategy might work.

Trump fully deserves a second impeachment, but he also must be removed at the ballot box.  If the actual impeachment vote is put off until after the election, we can have both.  Which will still be far too good for the guy; nothing short of spending the rest of his life in prison will be close to good enough, but it would be something.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Perfect Candidate

We may be privileged to witness in the coming months, one of the most cosmic jokes ever played out on a government.  And it's name is Joe Biden.

Sleepy Joe.  Hapless Joe.  The soft guy who allegedly stands for nothing and will fight for nothing.  The "get-along" guy.  The old guy who is too tired to get excited about anything.

Virtually nobody I know wanted him as the Democratic nominee a few months ago.  And yet a bizarre quirk of fate gave him the nod, and it may be the best thing that could have ever have happened to the Democratic party.

Because, who just a short time ago could have imagined that this country would be torn by a plague killing tens of thousands, a destroyed economy, massive civil strife supported by a significant majority, and a collapsed role in world affairs, all presided over by a bloated demagogue who knows no response to all of this but to curse and bellow and brag and threaten, night and day?

It is my belief that people are just damned tired of this vicious clown and his circus- oh, not all of them, but enough.  And for these people, nothing seems as appealing as a quiet, polite, peaceful man who can be counted on to trust the experts and not see the Presidency as his personal property.  The ideal candidate for our time: Joe Biden.

I sure never saw myself ever saying that.  What bizarre combination of fate and circumstances brought us this result we may never really know, but right now, it looks like we can thank the gods for this prank they have pulled on the Republicans.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

I've got to get rid of a lot of this garbage before I end up on the political version of Hoarders.  Or maybe "My 600 Pound President."  I'm still having trouble posting pictures, for which I hope you will forgive me.

Before it's News:  "Zionist Mafia World Dictatorship Exposed in 1998 By Kay Griggs, Former Marine Colonel’s Wife."

1998.  Hmm, seems like its taken a while for this story to catch fire.  Could it be because it is a pack of hateful, vicious lies? 

"The man who started the OSS (William Donovan) was recruiting German-Jewish existentialists who are now running our nation."

German-Jewish existentialists?  Man, they sure have been a threat over the years.  On the other hand, one of these middle European Jewish existentialists was Franz Kafka, who possibly did have a great deal of influence on the Republican party.  Let's just be clear here: William Donovan recruited a number of actual Nazis to work in our government.  No objection to that in the article. 

"Griggs said murders were often carried out by “flamers” (a mixed-American and Israeli-homosexual kill team), who would go to other countries and blame their crimes on Arabs. Assassins are actually boys that are brought in because they have a certain psychological profile: no money, no father and often no parents. Think Timothy McVeigh."

Yes, of course Timothy McVeigh, a disciple of some of the highest Aryan supremacist leaders in the history of our country, was an Israeli plant.  Conservatives will do anything to deny responsibility for the harm they have caused, no matter how horrible and no matter how clearly they were behind it.

And the dumbest political statement of the month:

Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post:  "Trump must reach out to black voters. His Tulsa rally is the place to start."

As if he would ever do that.  Why do mainstream publications like the Post and the New York Times publish this sort of disgusting crap?

And talk about not getting it:

Bradlee Dean, Before it's News:  "White, Black We Are All People of Color"

Okay, Bradlee.  You're a person of color- just a very pale color.  Of course, people of your color were never slaves in America.  And let's just move on:

Before it's News:  "Every European government on earth has been hijacked and mutinized by the “SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN” aka “ZIONIST BOLSHEVIK COMMUNIST FAKE JEWS”


They have hired their “CONTRACT KILLER SOROS” to enforce their “KALERGI PLAN” “HERBERT APTHEKERS NEGRO REVOLTS” and “CLOWARD AND PIVEN” in every European nation on earth."

Just the usual hate, but more popular on the right every day.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "The Silent Majority Can Be Silent No More"

Ha.  The silent majority.  What century is this again?  After Tulsa, I think they are talking about the invisible majority.

Julio Rosas, Town Hall:  "Protesters View Rayshard Brooks as Another Victim of Police Brutality in Atlanta"

Let's see...police shot him twice in the back.  But that doesn't make him a victim.  In reality, it was all his own fault.  For being...well, you know.

And now an overview of Conservative commentary on the incipient release of John Bolton's new book, and the revelations of Trump's incompetence, stupidity and criminality contained in it.  I really thought that the wingnut web would be awash in stories about this book, but surprisingly, they are pretty much pretending it didn't happen.  Here are most of the few stories I found:

Bonchie, Red State:  "Cancel the Resistance Coronation, Almost Everyone Still Hates John Bolton"

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "John Bolton's Shameful Tantrum"

Jack Davis, The Western Journal:  "Trump returns fire as Bolton book excerpts come out: 'He broke the law'

Please note that, nowhere in the above, was there any discussion of the contents of Bolton's accusations; the entire conservative coverage was devoted to smearing Bolton.  Not that he doesn't deserve to be smeared, but so far this is a sterling example of hiding from the obvious.

Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Trump Campaign Launches Brilliant Website Documenting Joe Biden's Cognitive Decline"

Anyone who has watched Biden speak in the last couple of months knows this story is a total smear, but Republicans are telling it over and over again.  Why?  Because the whole world can see that there is something wrong with Donald Trumps mind, so they'd better tell the same story about his opponent.  By the way, the only thing "brilliant" about this website is the scope of its lying.  That's what Republicans take for brilliance these days.  Remember Karl Rove?

Strephen Cruiser, PJ Media:  " Polls Are Getting Worse for Trump, Which Probably Means He Wins in a Landslide"

Yup, that's what they claim.  Put a pot of water on the stove, and in a few minutes it will freeze.  Here's another sample of that kind of thinking:

Michael E. Hammond, American Thinker:  "The Polls Put Democrats in a Trap of Their Own Making...The polls show President Trump losing big to Joe Biden in November. That's actually good news for Trump."

Losing big is good news.  Up is down, green is orange, la la la, don't bore me with facts.

J. Christian Davis, PJ Media:  "Liberal Opinions from Conservative Supreme Court Justices: What Went Wrong?"

Unfortunately, Republicans did not succeed over the last four decades in completely stamping out human decency on the Supreme Court.  They tried, though; you've got to give them that.

World Net Daily:  "Trump administration condemned China's Muslim concentration camps a year before Bolton says Trump approved them"

Yet we know he told the Chinese that he was fine with them.  Of course, the guys at World Net Daily claim his public statement a year before, proves that he was against the concentration camps; what it really proves (as if we didn't know this already) is that you can't trust a thing Trump says in public.

And what would a Wingnut Wrapup be these days without a little Fauci-bashing?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "It's been a long way down for Anthony Fauci, M.D. — from virtual dictator of a nation under virtual house arrest to laughingstock caught lying and blaming the public for his fall."

From virtual dictator to laughingstock caught lying.  Hmm, remind you of anybody else you hear about these days?

Anders Hagstrom, Daily Caller:  "Here’s How Cops Are Responding To Calls To ‘Defund The Police’

Who fucking cares?  Stop acting like animals, or quit.

Breitbart:  "Report: Hong Kong Police Abused ‘Mentally Incapacitated’ Protester"

They did not, however, choke him to death or shoot him in the back.

Newsmax:  "Trump Rally Gives Scientists a New Virus Laboratory"

Hey, another wonderful benefit from Trump's brilliant scientific mind:  Let's expose 19,000 people to a deadly virus, let them go all over the country and see what happens.

"Trump himself will be at lower risk of infection."

Well, duh.  You can't expect the bunker baby to actually risk himself, can you?

Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Democrats’ Tactics Come Straight Out of an Insurgents’ Playbook; They’re Baiting Trump to Force a Major Blunder"

You know, he doesn't really have to take the bait.  Notice that enraging this out of control five year old is strictly impermissable.  In fact, the only Democratic strategy that people like Elizabeth accept is abject surrender.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "MUST SEE: This Ain’t Your Typical Liberal Hellhole — Trump Supporters Cheer National Guard as They March into Tulsa to Keep the Peace"

Not a liberal hellhole like Southern California or Manhattan, no.  Tulsa, Oklahoma, the paradise that everyone imagines living in.  Everyone stupid enough to vote for Trump.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Black Lives Matter Mob Rips Down Two Confederate Statues in Raleigh, Drag Statue Through the Street, Hang One from a Street Pole — People Next?"

Of course, left wingers are going to move from hanging statues to people any day now.  Not noted by Jim: in the last three weeks or so, five black men have been found hanging from trees on city property around the country.  The police in every case declare them to be suicides.

Rev. Mark H. Creech, Renew America:  "Father's Day: One of the holiest days of the year"

A chance for businesses to make money from an invented holiday.  Making money- the holiest thing in America.

World Net Daily:  "Trump doubter now says prez governs like 'constitutional conservative'

That would be Berkeley law professor John Yoo.  Yes, that would be the same John Yoo who wrote the Bush Administration legal opinion declaring that torture was Constitutional.  Keep that in mind when deciding how much credibility he deserves now.

Mercedes Schlapp, Trump advisor:  “There were people and families that couldn’t bring their children because of concerns of the protesters.”

Or maybe because they were afraid of infecting them with a deadly virus in order to worship their demigod.

Branson Stocking, Town Hall:  "Millions Watch Trump Campaign Kickoff Rally in Tulsa...President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign on Saturday with a packed arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma."
More lies.  They are shameless.
"Following the rally, the Trump campaign announced that over 4 million people tuned in for the rally across all of the campaign's digital media channels...These numbers represent unmatched enthusiasm behind the President's re-election and a massive audience That Joe Biden can only dream of," said Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director."

"The Trump Campaign  announced..."  Well, that should be proof that it is true.

"The president and vice president had planned to deliver additional remarks to supporters who gathered outside the arena, but left-wing rioters forced the campaign to scrap outdoor speeches."

Left wing rioters? No, nobody bothered to show up outside. 

Mark Levin:  "No wonder the media don’t want the president to speak at rallies.  He’s truly dynamic and compelling.  A 2 1/2 hour captivating speech."

He was as boring as fuck, Mark. 

Dan Bongino:  "It’s Sunday June 21st, 2020, and Barack Obama was the most corrupt President in US history."

Right, asshole.

Ryan Fournier:  "Barack Obama was the worst President in American history."

I guess they are going to bang away on that malicious lie.

Jeff Sessions:  "President @realDonaldTrump displayed tonight his incredible drive, understanding of the history and principles that made America great. Masterful! Unleashed! Winning message!!   cannot match this. Game on!"

He drank a small glass of water with one hand!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "RALLY RECAP: MASSIVE TRUMP CROWDS Inside and Outside Tulsa BOK Center...THOUSANDS were inside the BOK Center despite Black Lives Matter goons blocking the entrance.  And THOUSANDS more were outside the arena."

1.  There were not  " MASSIVE TRUMP CROWDS" there, unless you regard a prediction of 80,000 and a turnout of 6200 is your idea of a gigantic success.  P.S.- there was basically nobody outside the arena.

2.  There were no Black Lives Matter "goons" of any kind there; on the other hand, there were a bunch of right wing jackasses strutting around with assault rifles.

"They want to condemn President Trump for holding such a large rally during the coronavirus pandemic.  They also want to lie to Americans that it was a failure and no one showed up.

It must be very difficult being the fake news media these days."

You tell us, Jim.  You seem to be having no trouble at all thinking up new lies every day.

Scott Morefield, Town Hall:  "...statues and monuments are simply there to acknowledge that, right or wrong, the person being remembered did something impressive, something noteworthy, something that history ...Take the Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest"

That would be Confederate traitor and founder of the KKK, Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, Scott.  And can I just point out that your line of reasoning would be a perfect excuse to erect statues of Adolf Hitler and Joe Stalin all over America.

Larry O'Connor, Town Hall:  "Time to Tear Hillary Clinton's Name from State Department Pavilion"

They just can't give her a rest.  Larry explains:

"In the final days of the Obama Administration, Clinton's name was slapped up on the walls of the just-finished U.S. Diplomacy Center at Foggy Bottom. The Hillary Rodham Clinton Pavilion was an obvious slap in the face of the incoming administration."

It was "slapped" on the building.  And obviously to insult Donald Trump, because that is what everything is about. 

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Obeying The Law Is For Suckers"

Stunningly, this article is not about Donald Trump and William Barr.

Mark A. Morgan, Town Hall:  "200 Miles of Border Wall and Counting"

Well, just one more Trump lie, but at the rate of 200 miles in four years, the 2200 mile border will be totally walled in by the year 2060.  Great work there, Donny, the World's Greatest Builder.  And general.  And scientist. And doctor. And...well you get the point.

Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "New Coronavirus Cases Have Reached Record Highs in 12 States; Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter...“So what,” says the Issues & Insights editorial board."

Hey, who cares about a couple hundred thousand more needless deaths, if it gets Trump re-elected?  For your information, "Issues and Insights" is of course one more right wing propaganda site.

Victoria Taft, PJ Media:  "Seattle's Clueless Mayor Blames Everyone Else but Her For Problems"

Boy, I can't think of a Republican politician that routinely blames everyone else for his problems, can you?

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Trump's Disaster

Well, of course, Green Eagle has to get in his punches about the utter failure in Tulsa that was supposed to open Trump's triumphant return to the campaign trail.  Just to get the facts clear, the arena in Tulsa holds 19,200 people, and Trump's staff were predicting 40,000 more outside the arena, where they had set up jumbotrons, and a stage at which Trump and Pence were scheduled to speak after the address inside. 

In actuality, the Tulsa authorities report that attendance inside was a mind-numbingly low 6,200 people, and as for outside, it would be kind to report attendance higher than a few hundred, if that.  In fact, the campaign cancelled the outdoor speech and disassembled the stage for it while Trump was still speaking inside.

And here is something that I have not seen anybody commenting on, which was noticed first by my son:  The audience, predicted to be a cheering, wild mob, looked grim faced in practically every crowd cutaway.  These people, the most fanatic Trump supporters, who risked their lives to be there, were utterly disengaged from Trump's stale, two hour rant.  There was hardly a smile in the place, and even Trump's best lines got hardly more than a couple of polite claps.

What is the takeaway from this?  At this point it is justified to assume that the Trump campaign has grossly exaggerated not only the number, but the enthusiasm of his supporters.  It's like a comedy routine that was hilarious the first time you saw it, but is nothing but boring the tenth time around.  It's old, and he's old.  And he knows it; if you saw the video of his arrival back at the White House, you rarely have seen such a dejected person in your life.

So, of course the lies started almost immediately.  In his speech, Trump blamed imaginary violent agitators for not letting people in, totally contradicting what TV viewers could see in the news coverage from outside the hall.  When that claim was discredited almost within minutes (lesson to Donnie: don't tell your lies until its too late to instantly prove you are wrong,) a new story sprung up, seemingly cribbed from an old Scooby Doo cartoon:  Those meddling kids wrecked his rally by snapping up all the tickets and then not coming.  Leaving aside the fact that anything Trump says about this failure is 99.9% likely to be a falsehood made up on the spot, this hardly explains why the crowd of 40,000 expected outside, who didn't need tickets, completely failed to materialize.

Sorry, Donnie, there is a real message there, and as you clearly know, it's not a good one for you, although it is a great thing for the country.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Trump Takes the Credit Again

Here's a remarkably tone deaf remark from Donald Trump today:

"I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous.  It's actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it."

He made it famous.  HE made it famous.  In other well known remarks from history, Adolf Hitler is reputed to have said the following:

"I did something good: I made the town of Oswiecim, Poland very famous.  Before me, nobody had ever heard of it."

And no, that is not a real quotation.  But the Trump one is.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A Note on Trump's Bolton Lawsuit

So, of course, Donald Trump is filing a lawsuit to prevent the publication of John Bolton's book about his time in the White House.  The lawsuit is the usual Trump belligerent crap, totally distorting the existing law and containing tons of non-lawyerly insults thrown it.  So, the reaction to Trump's move is pretty much in line with this headline at the Washington Post today:

"Why Trump’s lawsuit against John Bolton will fail"

The article cites, quite correctly, a number of reasons why this lawsuit is totally without merit.  However, the headline is dead wrong.  Trump's lawsuit is almost guaranteed to succeed.  It's just that the author of this article doesn't understand what "success" is.  In this case, all it means is seeing to it that the book is not published before the election.  And given the glacial pace of the Federal judiciary, aided by a bit of strategic stalling by Republican judges, that should be one of the easiest feats in the world to accomplish.

Just to be clear, I think John Bolton is one of the most contemptible people on earth.  I thought that long before he refused to testify in Trump's impeachment trial, putting the welfare of the country behind the welfare of his own wallet.  Not that it was likely to change the vote of any corrupt Republicans, but at least Bolton would have done his duty to the country.  No chance of that, of course, so taking Bolton's side against Trump is a little like siding with Mussolini over Hitler, but still, doing the right thing is always better than doing the wrong thing.  If you are a decent human being, of course, which leaves both Bolton and Trump out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

It Was For Their Own Good

I am sure you have heard the following story today:

"3 cops allegedly ingest bleach in their milkshakes at Shake Shack"

The cops accused employees of the Shake Shack of trying to poison them with bleach.

Now, people are claiming it was all an accident, but I do not believe this for an instant.

What really happened was that the altruistic employees of the Shake Shack, in solidarity with the police, were only trying to follow Donald Trump's guidelines and protect them from covid19.  This is unquestionably the explanation of this incident.

A Million People

Trump and all his toadies are bragging that a million people requested tickets to his rally in Tulsa this Saturday.  Of course, that number is undoubtedly as close to reality as his claims about the number of people that showed up for his inauguration, but I thought I would remind you of what a rally with a million people looks like:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, I discovered the following from an article at Newsmax:

"Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is open to discussing changing the names of U.S. bases named after Confederate leaders."

You need hardly think too deeply to guess the outrage that possibility is raising on the right.  I won't get into the text of this article, but I thought you might like to see some of the comments this has elicited.  So, here goes:

BigSkyTexan:  "Makes me want to puke. Our military is clueless to the internal Marxism they bend the knee to with this renaming. "against all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC" What a joke. Our military has become the enemy."

So just what kind of enemy of our army were the Confederates?  Foreign or domestic?  Mr. BigSky never makes that clear.

Watcher:  "leave the names as they are, their contribution to the Nation and the Army at large is why these installations were named for these soldiers in the first place"

Their "contribution" to the nation and the army consisting of murdering 350,000 patriotic soldiers in order to preserve the most degraded human practice on earth.

tribuneoftheplebes:  "So now we are going to rewrite and revise hundreds of years of American History in order to cowardly APPEASE a bunch of arrogant, radical vengeful REVERSE RACISTS?"

I think the rewriting happened a century ago when muddleheaded people allowed Southerners to pretend that they were anything but murderous traitors.  Time to set the record straight, once and for all.  And that does not include treating people who betrayed our country as heroes.

Louis:  "The bases were named after great military minds and strategists, not to honor the confederacy."

Then maybe we should name one after Erwin Rommel.  No, don't answer that.  I'm afraid what you would say.

And now, let's move on from these jackass commenters to the usual professional liars:

AWK News:  "All this corruption coming out against the democrats,, will most likely cause Trump to win all 50 states…."

Corruption coming out against the Democrats.  Too bad they couldn't think of any to back up that claim.  Well, here's an answer to our problems from AWK News:

'About Time these Reporters were Arrested for Sedition."

Don't worry people, your Attorney General is on it.

"The riots have shown how quickly the left-wing mob can mobilize and how far their reach has grown in the past few years."

Again partly right.  The crowds arrayed against you, Matt, are massive.  Of course, you are lying when you talk about riots and mobs, and even with the looters, unless you count getting a new pair of sneakers as being "ready for war," in which case you have a strange idea of what war is.

"Protesting to re-open is grounded in white nationalism, but protesting against racism, which I've been told is just as bad as this COVID pandemic, is good. That's pretty much the baseline. It's appallingly biased, transparent, and pandering."

"Protesting to re-open" means showing up at State legislatures with assault rifles to terrorize legislators into doing what you want, on behalf of rich guys who paid for you to be there.  Spontaneous protests against racism all over the country are hardly the same thing.  And no, they were not financed by the all-powerful George Soros, or Hillary Clinton, or anyone else.  But right wingers just will not see the difference between protest of injustice, and manufactured, violent tantrums if wingnuts don't get their way.

Katy Kiefer, Town Hall:  "Why Do So Many Christians Vote Democrat?"

She doesn't understand that.  Katy, it's because there are still some Christians left who have read the words of Jesus and  believe in them.  The real question is how people calling themselves Christians can vote Republican without being struck by lightning.

“I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation,” President Trump said on June 1 before visiting John’s Episcopal—and holding up his Bible"

"Visiting," being Katie's term for tear-gassing the priests and driving them out of the church before having the property seized by troops so he could stand in front of it and pander to his base.

Salena Zeto, Town Hall:  "Revisiting William McKinley's Victory Through the Lens of 2020"

Ha.  Who would waste time reading that?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "While there should have been protests, that has long passed.  It’s time to put the mob down and restore law and order."

See, it is possibly okay to hold a brief protest about racism or murderous police, but enough is enough already.  You have no right to keep it up until something actually changes.  No, time to forget about it and get back to letting Republicans rape the country.

"It’s becoming clear that more and more black voters are not happy with the Democratic Party and are starting to ask why they should support them."

A Republican line that we are hearing a lot these days:  It's actually the Democrats that black people don't like.  Never a shred of fact to support that blatant lie, unless you count that Rasmussen poll a few days ago that "showed" Trump's support among black voters was actually higher than his support among all Americans.  But when you have been trained since birth to believe that the world is 6,000 years old and a man lived inside a fish, you have been primed to believe anything.

And now, the bad historical analogy of the day:

Clint Fargeau, Red State:  "Antifa and Black Lives Matter: The Return of the Spanish Inquisition"

Clint's argument has something to do with Antifa and Black Live Matter being products of the failure of liberalism and the triumph of Conservatism.  Not really clear how that relates to the Spanish Inquisition, unless you buy this nonsense:

"These two interrelated organizations crusade to clease the country of racial evil and whip up suggestible persons into declarations of faith, public demonstrations of orthodoxy, and cooperation in the defeat of a dubious heresy epidemic (“systemic racism”). Paranoia and hysteria obtains everywhere one turns."

Because, of course, cleansing Spain of racial evil was exactly what the Spanish Inquisition was about, and if it were, it would apparently be a very bad thing.  And Cliff ends with a masterful act of Republican projection: 

"Liberalism in the United States shows every sign of decadence and collapse: a growing tolerance for corruption and hypocrisy, an appetite for authoritarian tactics of suppression, and wholesale manipulation of the public’s reality to keep them in the dark."

Well, at least we haven't yet elected a human-toad hybrid to run the country.

Mike Ford, Red State:  "Opinion: We Didn’t Hire Donald Trump to Be a Uniter"

That's for fucking sure.  Unless Mike is talking about uniting with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.

Jack Dunphy, PJ Media:  "There's More to the Story of the 'Elderly' Protester Knocked Down by Buffalo Police Than You're Being Told"

Of course there is: more Republican lies.  Which we will probably still be hearing decades from now, like the Clinton death list, or Benghazi.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Justice Is Coming: 'As Many as 16-17' Obamagate Criminal Referrals Headed to DOJ"

QAnon schizophrenia moves into the mainstream Conservative press.  Unfortunately, despite there being zero truth to these charges, it may well be happening:

"As America reopens from coronavirus lockdowns and protests and riots engulf American cities, Attorney General William Barr is hard at work on Obamagate."

What a constructive use of his time in this era of multiple national disasters.  I have suggested before that in the runup to the election, we are likely to see multiple false indictments of Democratic leaders coming from this unrepentant criminal.  Get ready for it, as surely as we are going to hear in October from a number of women paid to accuse Biden of sexual predation.  That's their only hope to win the election, and no matter how disgusting it is, that is what they are going to do.

Jeff Reynolds, PJ Media:  "INSURRECTION: Civil Rights Leader Shelby Steele to Mark Levin: 'Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed'"

"Civil rights leader" Shelby Steele.  Here are a couple more quotes from Shelby Steele:

"In the end, black power can claim no higher moral standing than white power"
"For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle.
"The left’s unspoken terror is that racism is no longer menacing enough to support its own power...[T]he left gets power from fighting white evil, not black despair."

Another example of taking their own miserable sellout tools like Jonathan Turley and Alan Dershowitz and claiming they are liberals when they spout right wing lies.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "New York Police Boss Goes Off on Media: ‘Stop Treating Us Like Animals and Thugs and Start Treating us with Respect’

Stop acting like animals and thugs.

Mychael Massie, World Net Daily:  "I'm sick of the 'black lives matter' blather"

I bet you are.  Too bad.  We're sick of pigs like you lying to the world every day.

World Net Daily:  "Deep State continues to hide its dark, anti-Trump scheme"

WND can't find a shred of evidence that this "anti-Trump scheme" exists, which doesn't mean that it doesn't exist, just that those evil liberals are so good at hiding it.  By the way, there is indeed a massive "anti-Trump scheme" going on in this country, which is led by the Democratic party, and currently has their candidate up by double digits in this evil plot to remove him from office by defeating him in November.  An evil plot, because not wanting Trump to be President is treason.

And of course, haven't you just been waiting for this story?

Mike Adams, Natural News:  "FALSE FLAG ALERT: Obama Foundation tweeted about George Floyd on May 17th, a week before his supposed murder"

Well, of course, no they didn't.  But Mike isn't done yet:

Mike Adams, Natural News:  "PSYOP? George Floyd “death” was faked by crisis actors to engineer revolutionary riots, video authors say...

at least one of the “police officers” was actually a hired crisis actor who has appeared in other staged events in recent years.
the black man depicted in the viral videos is not, in fact, an individual named George Floyd. 
the responding medical personnel were not EMTs but were in fact mere crisis actors wearing police costumes.
The person who took the first viral video from directly behind the vehicle reportedly driven by George Floyd was a “camera man plant” who parked suspiciously close to Floyd’s vehicle in order to get video footage that would later be released to the public to spark the riots."

Those damn crisis actors.  They're everywhere.  And a "camera man plant."  A new species to me. I wonder if it will grow in my area.  If you need more specific information:

Before it's News:  "Actor Ben Bailey Played Derek Chauvin in Arrest"

Because of course we believe that.  Anyway, back to Mike Adams:

"Yet another video says that the name “George Floyd” was faked. It is an anagram for “Edge of Glory,” the title of a Lady Gaga album that promotes globalist messages against humanity. Lady Gaga is also pushing covid-19 vaccine mandates along with Bill Gates and the WHO."

Lady Gaga.  Mike ends with the following, which I am not sure follows from the above:

"A dangerous obedience cult is now rapidly sweeping across America, resembling Nazi fanatacism"

It sure is, buddy, but it's not coming from the left.

A technical note:  For an unknown reason, blogger is refusing to allow me to place any photos in my posts, even the one from Monty Python I was going to use to illustrate the comment about the Spanish Inquisition.  I have contacted them about this, but have heard nothing in return.  Hopefully it will not last long, or I will have to switch to another platform.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A New Day For Jingoism

Want to hazard a guess who said this today?

“It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom...The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations. Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”

It is, of course, respecting our military to name its bases after guys who killed 350,000 of them.  And let us be clear; these ten Confederate generals do not have a history of winning; they have a history of losing. They do not have a history of victory; they have a history of defeat.  And they do not have a history of freedom; they fought and betrayed our country for the exact opposite. 

What they do have a history of is hatred, violence and treason. 

And that is what Trump really wants to be a part of.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


I just want to suggest you read this Washington Post article about Attorney General Barr having been a sadistic, and apparently anti-Semitic bully in middle school:

"Back in 1991, during Barr’s confirmation to be George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, lawyer Jimmy Lohman, who overlapped with Barr at New York’s Horace Mann School and later Columbia University, wrote a piece for the little-known Florida Flambeau newspaper about Barr being “my very own high-school tormentor” — a “classic bully” and “power abuser” in the 1960s who “put the crunch on me every chance [he] got.”

And his behavior continued:

"Historian Paul Cronin, in Politico this week, says Barr was part of the “Majority Coalition” at Columbia that fought antiwar demonstrators. Barr had told the New York Times Magazine he was part of a “fistfight” in which “over a dozen people went to the hospital.”

That is the kind of person that Republicans now see fit to place in charge of our nation's justice system.  And don't even pretend that he was appointed and approved by the Senate in spite of this vicious behavior; he is there because they can count on it.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Comic Book Villain

While the country has been gripped by the authoritarian violence that has gripped the country the last few days, here are two actions of Donald Trump that have been almost unnoticed.

First, attack the fish:

'Selling off the future’: Trump allows fishing in marine monument...The protected area is about 130 miles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and it contains endangered right whales and sensitive deep sea corals. It is one of five marine monuments in the country.

...ocean experts caution that the rollback to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine national monument will hurt the environment and won’t help fishermen"

And if killing fish for nothing isn't bad enough, how about killing birds too:

"The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.

More than 1,000 species are covered under the law, and the changes have drawn a sharp backlash from organizations representing an estimated 46 million U.S. birdwatchers.

The 1918 migratory bird law came after many U.S. bird populations had been decimated by hunting and poaching...It was one of the country’s first major federal environmental laws, enacted just after the conservation movement embodied by President Teddy Roosevelt had emerged as a new force in American politics."

Wanton destruction of our world for absolutely no gain.  This is like the behavior of a cartoon villain or the bad guy out of some grade d movie- causing destruction just because he can. Even the world's great historical villains- Hitler, Genghis Khan, Sargon the Great, acted out of some sick view about what was in the interests of their people, not just for the love of causing pain to the innocent.

Donald Trump is deeply mentally ill.  Anyone with sense has known this for years, but his sick, subhuman base continues to cheer him on because they share his sickness, his love of causing pain to others, his love of hatred.  And they are threatening the whole world, but nothing can make them change.

And More:  This story, from the Washington post, a couple of days later:

"Trump administration makes it easier for hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in Alaska"

These animals are clearly Antifa provocateurs.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Before It's News Predicts the Future

Too big for Wingnut Wrapup!  Listen in Shock as the people who told us that Barack Obama is Jewish and also Hitler's grandchild, and who broke the story of Bill Clinton's unknown sister, who is the Zodiac killer, and also helped Hillary and Nancy Pelosi kill and eat Vince Foster, now reveal what is about to happen in our country:

"So-called conservative political leaders (fence sitters) are now being primed and lined up to demand President Trump resign from office–most likely will demand that Pence also resign, handing over the Presidency to Nancy Pelosi for the reamaing six months before the election. We see this with former President Bush (evil shit-bag), Mitt Romney (Mormon child molestor), Senator Murkowski, General Mathis (direct descendant of Benedict Arnold) and that have already come forward and other that will later come forward at the right time on CNN and the network feeds pleading a case for resignation in a psy-op designed to appeal to conservatives. I also believe that TPTB are lining up military generals (with payoffs, promises of promotions, etc.) to support President Trump’s removal and possibly even to stage a ’7 Days in May’ scenario.

This all to coincide with mind-blowing, massive protests that are planned in DC (and other major cities) this weekend that will assuredly turn into a raging, violent mobs."

Just to be clear, I could not find a single source online claiming that General Mattis is a descendant of Benedict Arnold, other than this one. I am guessing that he is a descendant of Benedict Arnold in the same sense that Obama is a descendant of Hitler, whatever that is.

"I will bet any amount of money that these ANTIFA terror squads are being shifted across country to the DC area in preparation to stage and deploy for violent actions. This time it is a good chance we will see them use firearms"

I looked for a way to take this guy up on his bet, but curiously he failed to provide a way to contact him to make the arrangements.  However, never fear, patriots; the author of this political comment has the solution to all of this:

"Should these scenarios unfold, Trump should immediately invoke the “Insurrection Act” and then move into DC with the 82 Airborne–giving them orders to ‘shoot to kill’ any and all rioters, looters, arsonists and other types attempting to overthrow the government. President Trump should then Federalize all National Guard units across the nation and deploy them to the major cities that are out of control–along with removing any and all local officials that stand in the way (mass arrests). President Trump should also call upon ‘the unorganized milita’ of the several states (under Title 10–meaning the citizens) to put down civil disturbances, looting and rioting."

Let's see there:  The army shooting to kill protesters, the militia being seized and used at will by the head of State; mass arrest of any political leaders that oppose him; mobilizing armed "militias" to attack any public display of opposition to his rule.  Hey, where have we ever seen something like that before?  Hint: The guy who did it also hid in a bunker.

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Insurrection Act of 1807

Thomas Jefferson

It's all the rage the last few days for Republicans to maunder on about the Insurrection Act of 1807, to justify Donald Trump's use of force against peaceful demonstrators.  I am not a lawyer, so I am not going to try to make any definitive statement about this law, which has been used many times in the intervening 213 years, but I thought I would provide some resources for people who want to know more about it.

First, here is the text of the original law, as it stood in 1807:

Insurrection Act of 1807An Act authorizing the employment of the land and naval forces of the United States, in cases of insurrections

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws, either of the United States, or of any individual state or territory, where it is lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia for the purpose of suppressing such insurrection, or of causing the laws to be duly executed, it shall be lawful for him to employ, for the same purposes, such part of the land or naval force of the United States, as shall be judged necessary, having first observed all the pre-requisites of the law in that respect.

APPROVED, March 3, 1807.

Well, okay.  The law has been amended several times since its initial passage.  Here is a link to the full law as it stands today.

Trump's current justification for the use of the law depends, as far as I can tell, on the following amendment:

Sec. 332. Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.

Here is a photo of possibly the most famous use of the act, other than the despicable use of it to disperse the Bonus Army by President Hoover and General Douglas MacArthur in 1932, which you can read about here, if you are not familiar with it. This photo is of US troops in 1957, ordered out by President Eisenhower to protect black students against a white mob enraged by the desegregation of schools in the south:

Before commenting further, I want to recommend some resources for those who want to know more.  Here is an article from NPR, and here is one from the Washington Post.  Between them, they provide, as far as I can tell, a pretty fair explanation of the meaning and history of the act.  And if you want to know more, and feel up to it, here is a more technical discussion of the act from the Berkeley law school.

I won't occupy your time with my own comments on these articles, but I do have some thoughts about section 332.  I am not a lawyer, so the following relies on a common language reading of the text, just to be clear.

Section 332 permits the President to use Federal troops in the United States "Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States."

Given that the Constitution guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," I wonder what kind of mental gymnastics are necessary to convince one's self that a peaceable protest in a public area outside the White House makes it in any way  "impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States."  In fact, that peaceful protest is a direct application of the laws of the United States, as enumerated in the Constitution.  Is it not, in reality, Donald Trump and his troops who are making it  "impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States?"

Of course, Trump and his criminal administration, abetted by numerous Republican toadies, have already fabricated a host of lies to pretend that these peaceful demonstrators were up to some abominable crime.  However, even if those lies were true, can anyone seriously propose that this small demonstration made it "impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States," in any meaningful way?

Like just about everything Trump has done in the last three and a half years, his actions against these protesters have twisted American law into an attack on the American people and their right to live a decent life.  Hey, maybe someone wants to make the argument that the law allows its application "Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States," and that Donald Trump actually believes that this threat exists.  But in that case, he is clearly far too deranged and ignorant of our history to be allowed to continue for one more day as our President.  In all other readings of the current facts, he is nothing but a would-be dictator trying to claim the right to use the military to protect himself against the revulsion of his own people.