Monday, August 31, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

 President of the United States Donald J. Trump:  “Every day it’s something else, who cares” 

 

And yes, that is a real quotation.  I must say that it is getting hard to write these wrapups lately, because the stupid jackassery that I report on here is coming directly from the President and the Republican party these days, and it is only going to get worse between now and November.  

I want to dedicate this edition of Wingnut Wrapup to Donald Trump and the Republican party for telling one of the most malicious yet ludicrous lies ever, in their claim that the Democrats left the words "under God" out of the pledge of allegiance during their convention.  At this point, anyone who claims that devout Catholic Joe Biden hates God, but Donald Trump, who has shown complete contempt for anything Christ ever said is a good Christian, is a very sick human being.


Donald Trump:  "We achieved together and what we’re doing together is nothing short of an economic miracle and now we’re doing it again. We did it, we built the greatest economy in the history of the world and now I have to do it again. You know what that is? That’s right, that’s God testing me. He said, “You know, you did it once,” and I said, “Did I do a great job, God? I’m the only one that could do it?” He said, “That you shouldn’t say. Now we’re going to have you do it again.” I said, “Okay, I agree. You got me.” But I did it once and now I’m doing it again and you see the kind of numbers that we’re putting up, they’re unbelievable."


God talks to him.  God killed 180,000 Americans so Trump could prove how great he is.  This is the talk of a person with psychotic delusions.  I hardly have to turn to my sadly long list of wingnut websites to find the insanity any more.


Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HUGE INSIDER INFO: “Obama Can’t Stand Biden. He Thinks He’s a Joke...he thinks he’s a moron."


Which Joe knows because he is best buds with Barack Obama, who tells him all his secrets.  This latest lie is totally a product of the fact that a number of Trump insiders have recently openly talked about Trump being a delusional lunatic.  By the way, not a single actual Democratic insider is quoted as saying this, as if that is a surprise.


Before it's News:  "Arrests & Executions of the Deep State for CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY"


Sorry, this dreadful video was just too long to bother watching, so I guess we will never know which deep state traitors Trump had executed this week.


Beth Baumann, Town Hall  Did Biden's Deputy Campaign Manager Accidentally Reveal Why He's Hiding in His Basement?"


The real reason? Apparently he is deadly sick with Coronavirus.  Tht's what Beth claims to think anyway.  Is this the opening salvo of a strategy that worked so well in 2016?




Rebekah Ganter, Town Hall:  "Americans Must Oppose the Tyranny That Is Rapidly Spreading Across US"


Hooray! At last, someone who is willing to speak truth about the Republican party to the wingnuts!  Oh, wait:


"As Adolf Hitler rose to power, he took control of churches, shut down businesses, encouraged neighbors to report each other, and created a public surveillance operation system. If these actions sound familiar, they should. Public officials and bureaucrats are now putting their own tyranny on full display, using the COVID-19 crisis to impose similar draconian tactics in the United States."


Saving lives- just like Hitler.


Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Here Are a Few Common Sense Bills Dems Blocked While Obsessing Over USPS"


The Republicans are not "obsessing," of course.  They are on vacation.  And what are the "common sense" bills designed to do?  A measure to give more money to corporations, further funding for police departments and a meaningless Republican "alternative" to Obamacare, to try to distract from their ongoing attempts to destroy it.


Shipwreckedcrew, Red State:  "Hey President Trump — My Entry Into the VP Harris Nickname Sweepstakes: “Kama-lie-alot” Pronounced “Comma-LIE-alot”


Clever, but no thanks.  Really, here's a suggestion to you:  work on your own nickname, idiot.  And another one:


Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "Kalamity Kamala: a calamity for America"


Nope, we're not in love with that one either.  You still have a long way to go to catch up to our nickname for Trump:  traitor.


Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Trump to Announce 'Breakthrough' Therapeutic Treatment for COVID-19"


We've had the malaria drug, we've had the plant poison, we've had the demon doctor.  What's next? Swallowing Plutonium?  Cutting your own head off?


And now, more Antifa violence!


Victoria Taft, PJ Media:  "Woman Who Stole 7-Year-Old's Trump Hat Is Arrested For That"


The horror!


Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Collusion Is Recycled Bunk"


And Joe would never lie, now, would he?  Reminds me of an old Grateful Dead song:


"Accused him of cheatin', oh no it couldn't be,

I know my uncle he's as honest as me,

And I'm as honest as a Denver man can be."


So I guess we will just have to accept Joe's word for it.


"This committee ‘report’ is nothing but a naked presidential election year ploy, attempting to resuscitate one of the most vile of all malicious political frauds ever perpetrated on a sitting president."


A vile fraud manufactured by a Republican led Senate committee.


Andrea Egger, Washington Post:  "He’s a gay 21-year-old, watching the RNC — and loving its critique of ‘identity politics‘


He's also a student at Oral Roberts University, which differs from Liberty University only in that its President didn't have sex with the pool boy, as far as we know today.  Yet, this jerk is worth being passed off by the Washington Post as representative of some significant part of the populace.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Coronavirus Is Not the First Mass Killing by Dr. Fauci"


He was responsible for not stopping the black death too?


"Dr. Fauci allowed at least 17,000 AIDS victims to die by not certifying an effective drug for treatment back in the 1980s."


A drug which, incidentally, did not exist.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "SILENCE IS CONSENT: Not One Democrat Condemns Vicious Attacks on RNC Attendees"


Perhaps that is because those attacks didn't exist.  Of course a minor detail like that never stopped Jim or any other Republican, so it is clearly a moral failing for Democrats to not adopt the same strategy.


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Kamala Harris, a black woman, is a vice presidential nominee. Is it historic? Yes. Is Harris still trash?  Also, yes."


Republican messaging at its most subtle.


Congressman Tom Rice, Town Hall:  "President Trump Understands That America is the Land of Opportunity"


Opportunity to grift.  For himself and his family.  Opportunity for you, not so much.


Benjamin Fulford:  "That Biden speech, it was pretty good.  It was almost impossible to tell that it was a computer graphic." 


Whatever, Benjamin. 


Red State:  "George Floyd Died of Health Complications from a Fentanyl Overdose — He Was Not Murdered By Minneapolis Police"


And no matter how low they have to stoop, even lying about the dead, they are ready to do it.


Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "What’s to Blame For Key Issues Missing From Trump’s Second Term Agenda?  There was no mention about defending the unborn, or the Second Amendment or putting constitutionalist judges on the bench."


And what must the explanation be?


"I can assure you it wasn’t President Trump. I suspect this was the work of a social liberal or an Establishment figure who thought they could pull a fast one on the president and social conservatives."


Right!  It was liberal moles, because the Trump administration is so full of secret liberals.


Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Antifa Killer of Trump Supporter in Portland Was Arrested in June Drag Racing with Son While Drunk"


Well, there you go- a career criminal.  And maybe it's time for a right wing comedy break:


Bet that gave you a good laugh.


Newsmax:  "Night 1 of RNC attracts 5 times the viewers of DNC opener"


Funny, I didn't notice that when I saw the ratings.


"More Americans tuned into C-SPAN's livestream of the first night of the Republican National Convention than those who watched night one of the Democratic National Convention."


Oh, on CSpan.  No word about the overall totals, which were of course higher for the Democratic convention.  And they are not the only ones lying about it:


Western Journal:  "Fox News breaks ratings record with 4th night of GOP convention coverage"


Oh, Fox News breaks ratings record.  No word about the overall ratings, which strongly favored the Democrats.  Remember this sort of thing when you hear the mainstream press constantly parroting the Republican claims that they are winning the electoral war.  Sure, we all know the polls are likely to come closer together, as the real Republican smear campaign gets into gear, but Biden still has a sizable lead, even in most "battleground" states.  At this point, Republicans are reduced to claiming that Trump supporters are lying to the pollsters. If you really want to see the current state of the polls, try looking here, where you will see that the single "pollster" that has Trump ahead anywhere is the Trafalgar Group, which is nothing but a Republican propaganda factory even worse than Rasmussen.


And now, a return from the grave of a couple of long dead conspiracy theories, as wingnuts struggle with their limited intellects to keep believing their idiotic world view:


Before it's News:  "New evidence points to facts that Walmart is connected to a government scheme: a plan to declare the martial state in the United States. In fact, Walmart stores might have been created for this very reason."


Remember back in the Obama administration when Wal-Marts were supposedly being used as staging bases for Obama's military assault on Americans, and they were all being linked together by thousands of miles of underground tunnels?  You would have thought that delusion would have disappeared, but apparently not- in fact, it has only increased, now including the notion that the entire Wal-Mart retail empire is just a CIA front.


"(A) fact I find suspicious is Walmart’s hiring of 130000 veterans, active duty, and reserve/national guard troops...What is Walmart doing with its new army?"


Well, enough of that delusion.  Here is an even bigger recycled lunacy:  Reverse speech is back.  Remember that from the early days of rock and roll, when people were claiming to play parts of Beatles songs backwards and hearing proof that the Beatles were agents of Satan?  Of course, the "reverse" recordings were all fake, and the whole thing was bullshit from the Christian right, but apparently the idea has come to live a new life, with alleged reverse recordings of Tom Hanks, Madonna and other movie stars saying cryptic things which are obviously meaningless, but are interpreted by these loons to be coded references to taking adrenochrome in the great baby eating scandal.  I am going to break my long standing tradition and provide a link a video promoting this malicious nonsense, because otherwise I fear many people will not be able to believe that anyone could seriously believe this stuff.  So, check it out if you want; otherwise just note it as evidence of how desperate they are to believe that they have not been suckered for three years by one of the most grotesque conspiracy theories of all time.

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And now, I can't end here without some coverage of one of the most malignant demonstrations by Republicans that they have now openly adopted fascism as their governing ideology- the rationalization of the murder of two innocent people by a right wing terrorist in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  This is only a small part, of course, of the material circulating on the right the last couple of days, but I am sure you will get the point.


Red State:  "There is a Body Count in Kenosha Tuesday Night — Armed Civilians Fire on Rioters Leaving Two Dead"


No mention of course that the "armed citizen" was a teenage militia member who was armed with an assault rifle which it was not legal for him to have, or that the "rioters" were also American civilians, who did nothing to deserve being killed.


Nick Arama, Red State:  "As we reported, Rittenhouse came to Kenosha to help defend the businesses from rioters...So the whole premise that he was a white supremacist or the shooting took place due to political disagreements become more difficult to prove"


He came to Kenosha to play out his infantile fantasy of being a member of the white supremacist  master race, exterminating his inferiors, an idea which has been stoked for four years by the President of the United States and his party.  The notion that there was no political element to this killing is nonsense.


"There is absolutely no evidence that he’s a “white supremacist” or doing anything other than trying to defend himself and property."


Other than his own statements and his behavior. 


Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Armed Civilian Tried to Stop Rioters From Destroying a Kenosha Business. Now He's Been Arrested"


Remember the "armed civilians" who tried to stop students from studying in Columbine, or the "armed citizen" who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida, who was just trying to stop the gays, or the white nationalist who killed 23 in El Paso to try to stop the immigrants?  Well, luckily (if you can call it that) this murderous subhuman only killed two, but the notion that he was "trying to stop rioters," or doing anything else but having a great time playing out his Nazi fantasies, is a lie.


"Blaze TV’s Elijah Schaffer reported the first shooting, showing footage of the aftermath. It seems Rittenhouse shot a white man in the head while the victim was looting a car shop."


While the victim was allegedly looting a car shop.  That, apparently, is a legal justification for a deranged right wing teenager to kill him.


"However, the second shooting appears to have involved self-defense... Townhall’s Julio Rosas reported seeing a Black Lives Matter mob chasing Rittenhouse. After Rittenhouse tripped and fell, the rioters shouted, “Get his *ss!” Then the man appears to have shot one of the rioters in self-defense."


Sorry, but once you have killed one innocent person, it is not self defense to kill more to avoid being stopped in your murder spree. 


Before it's News:  "Fight For Your Life!! Stunning Video Shows Moment Armed Security Man Had to Shoot Multiple Rioters from the Ground or Be Beaten to Death by Black Lives Matter Thugs!!...according to multiple reports, the young man with the rifle was running security to try to protect private property from the arson and looting attacks of the Black Lives Matter terrorists."


"Armed security man," otherwise known as a teenage terrorist.  "the young man with the rifle was running security to try to protect private property." "Running security?"  I guess showing up uninvited to protect private property licenses right wingers to murder people.


"At one point, he was being chased down the street by multiple Black Lives Matter terrorists who were clearly intent on beating him to death. For a reason we don’t yet understand, he tripped and fell to the pavement. Once he was on the ground, BLM terrorists rushed in to try to kill him, which is of course what Black Lives Matter stands for: Burn, Loot and Murder."


He was being chased down the street because at that point, he had already murdered one person.  I guess if you are a Trump supporter, killing people who are trying to stop your killing spree is justifiable homicide. 


A fundraising campaign hosted on a Christian crowdfunding website that said it is raising money for Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse has generated more than $200,000 so far...Other crowdfunding campaigns supporting 17-year-old Rittenhouse on GoFundMe and Fundly were taken down shortly after they were created following Rittenhouse's arrest on Wednesday. But GiveSendGo, which identifies itself as "the leader in Christian funding," decided to keep the campaign on its platform active.  Christians, indeed, supporting terrorist murderers.


"Kyle Rittenhouse just defended himself from a brutal attack by multiple members of the far-leftist group ANTIFA—the experience was undoubtedly a brutal one, as he was forced to take two lives to defend his own," the campaign description said. The description went on say that Rittenhouse was "unfairly charged" with murder for an incident that "was clearly self-defense."


Because when you are a right winger, even murder is okay.  That's Trump's world today. 


President Donald Trump:  " And it was something that we’re looking at right now, and it’s under investigation. But I guess he was in very big trouble. He would have been — probably would have been killed, but it’s under investigation."


To see if he can't use this right wing murder to blame the murdered victims.  As I said at the beginning of this post, it's getting hard for online right wing lunatics to beat the President at spreading vicious hatred and lies.  And yet his popularity has hardly budged, after almost four years of this.


And that is enough for today.  More than enough, but for wingnuts it is never enough.



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Green Eagle's Exhaustive Report on Nights Three and Four of the Republican Convention

Or, as Green Eagle calls it, Celebrity Sturmbannfuhrer.


Night Three

I didn't watch.  I hear there were a lot of lies, and that Mike Pence was, as expected, almost lethally boring.


 Night Four

Somehow, I made it as far as Ben Carson's speech, which was perhaps the most extreme example of groveling toadyism I have ever heard.  As for the rest, I hear there were a lot of lies, and Donnie tried and failed to match Fidel Castro or Kim Jong Un for unendurably prolonged recitation of meaningless garbage, and that was about it.  However, he does get an A for effort, as neither of the other two ever managed to deliver their diatribes to an unprotected crowd during a pandemic.  Heck, even Hitler never achieved that memorable feat in the history of oratory, so Donnie at least gets a footnote in the record books.


In the end, Cthulhu decided he had better things to do with his time, and cancelled his scheduled appearance.


Well, that's it, or at least all it deserves.  Thank heaven that's over for four years.


Green Eagle is confidently expecting a Pulitzer Prize for his Republican convention coverage, which he is positive is the most accurate reporting on the event you will hear anywhere, and occupied as little of your time discussing it as it deserved.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Republican Convention- Day 2

 I couldn't take it.  And this is from someone with the stubbornness to have memorialized over ten thousand specimens of wingnut lunacy at my blog.  But this was too much. Every Republican lie ever heard, just repeated more often.  I lasted about half an hour and gave up.  Well, there was a TV going in another room and I happened to walk in on Melania's speech, which I tolerated for exactly eight seconds before switching to the newest episode of Capitaine Marleau.


Anyway, I know this graphic from Daily Kos comes from yesterday, but it so perfectly expresses everything about the Republican convention in one glance, that I can't resist stealing it:


Infidel, I know that you in particular will understand what I am saying here.  Or at least what she is saying.  Thank heaven she apparently didn't get the pronunciation quite right, so we won't have to bear with Cthulhu actually appearing until day four of the convention.


And let me just end by adding that the greatest thing about tonight's Republican Convention lineup was who wasn't there- the lady who was cancelled at the last minute because she linked to a post today approvingly recommending the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  And just to put the cherry on the sundae, she is on the board of directors of the build the wall scam in which Steve Bannon was just indicted for bilking wingnut suckers out of a million dollars.  You just couldn't make this stuff up.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Green Eagle's Republican Convention Review

 Green Eagle, who is toughened up to this sort of thing, listened to day one of the Republican Convention so you don't have to.


So, what was it like?  If you took the last ten Wingnut Wrapups and read them out loud, you'd have it.  Every Republican lie you ever heard in one gigantic heap.


At least I think I can predict that this turgid crap is not going to swing a single vote.  That's the best thing that can be said about it.  

Statements We Never Thought We Would See in the News

 "Giancarlo had a relationship with the couple in which he and Becki Falwell had sex while Jerry Falwell watched."

A Brief Poll Note

 Green Eagle is not one to obsess over polls, but the following seemed significant today, from ABC and the University of Chicago:


"The president heads into his four-night nominating convention with an overall approval rating of 35%."


35%.  Boy, those are numbers to be entering into a re-election campaign with.  Of course, ABC has to try to deny the significance of this result:


"That’s down from 43% in March but still within range of where Trump has been for much of his presidency."


Still within range?  I don't think so.  As you can see here, Trump's approval rating has (unbelievably) been essentially above 40% since February of 2018.


538 is showing today Biden with an 11% lead.  These are not numbers that result in a win for an incumbent.


And yet, let me add my usual caveat:  As I stated months ago, it is impossible for Donald Trump to be re-elected in a fair contest.  The entire outcome of the election will be determined by the success of the usual Republican cheat/smear campaign, which due to the urgent need, will be amped up to an almost unbearable level between now and November.  So, he could very well win, just not in any kind of fair election, which Republicans are determined to see never takes place this year.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

What Happens If Two Hurricanes Hit Each Other?

 We don't know, really, because it has never happened before, but it looks like we may be about to find out:

Grab your gumbo and head for the hills!


In further news, global warming is a vicious conspiracy on the part of ten thousand climate scientists.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

It Was Collusion, and Treason Too

 The following consists of some excerpts from the part of the Republican Led Senate Intelligence Committee's recent report that I have read at this point.  


REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE UNITED STATES SENATE

ON RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION 

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The Committee found that the Russian government engaged in an aggressive, multifaceted effort to influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Parts of this effort are outlined in the Committee's earlier volumes on election security, social media, the Obama Administration's response to the threat, and the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA). 

In this volume the Committee lays out its findings in detail by looking at many aspects of the counterintelligence threat posed by the Russian influence operation. For example, the Committee examined Paul Manafort' s connections to Russian influence actors...


Paul Manafort's connections to Russia and Ukraine began in approximately late 2004 with the start of his work for Oleg Deripaska and other Russia-aligned oligarchs in Ukraine. The Committee found that Deripaska conducts influence operations, frequently in countries where he has a significant economic interest. The Russian government coordinates with and directs Deripaska on many of his influence operations.

 

(U) From approximately 2004 to 2009, Manafort implemented these influence operations on behalf ofDeripaska, including a broad, multi-million dollar political influence campaign directed at numerous countries of interest to Deripaska and the Russian government. ProRussian Ukrainian oligarchs with deep economic ties to Russia also paid Manafort tens of millions of dollars and formed strong ties with Manafort independent of Deripaska.   Manafort hired and worked increasingly closely with a Russian national, Konstantin Kilimnik. Kilimnik is a Russian intelligence officer. Kilimnik became an integral part of Manafort's operations in Ukraine and Russia, serving as Manafort's primary liaison to Deripaska and eventually managing Manafort's office in Kyiv. Kilimnik and Manafort formed a close and lasting relationship that endured to the 2016 U.S. elections. and beyond. Prior to joining the Trump Campaign in March 2016 and continuing throughout his time 6n the Campaign, Manafort directly and indirectly communicated with Kilimnik, Deripaska, and the pro-Russian oligarchs in Ukraine. On numerous occasions, Manafort sought to secretly share internal Campaign information with Kilimnik.


After the election, Manafort continued to coordinate with Russian persons, particularly Kilimnik and other individuals close to Deripaska, in an effort to undertake activities on their behalf. Manafort worked with Kilimnik starting in 2016 on narratives that sou ht to undermine evidence that Russia interfered in .the 2016 U.S. election.


The Committee found that Manafort's presence on the Campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump Campaign. Taken as a whole, Manafort's high level access and willingness to share information with individuals closely affiliated with the Russian intelligence services, particularly Kilimnik and associates of Oleg Deripaska, represented a grave counterintelligence threat. 


The Committee found that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian effort to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Hillary Clinton and her campaign for president. Moscow's intent was to harm the Clinton Campaign, tarnish an expected Clinton presidential administration, help the Trump Campaign after Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, and undermine the U.S. democratic process. 


While the GRU and WikiLeaks were releasing hacked documents, the Trump Campaign sought to maximize the impact of those leaks to aid Trump's electoral prospects. Staff on the Trump Campaign sought advance notice about WikiLeaks releases, created messaging strategies to promote and share the materials in anticipation of and following their release, and encouraged further leaks. The Trump Campaign publicly undermined the attribution of the hack-and-leak campaign to Russia and was indifferent to whether it and WikiLeaks were furthering a Russian election interference effort. 


Trump and senior Campaign officials sought to obtain advance information about WikiLeaks's planned releases through Roger Stone. At their direction, Stone took action to gain inside knowledge for the Campaign and shared his purported knowledge directly with Trump and senior Campaign offictals on multiple occasions. Trump and the Campaign believed that Stone had inside information and expressed satisfaction that Stone's information suggested more releases would be forthcoming. 


The Committee found evidence suggesting that it was the intent of the Campaign participants in the June 9, 2016 meeting, particularly Donald Trump Jr., to receive derogatory information that would be of benefit to the Campaign from a source known, at least by Trump Jr.,. to have connections to the Russian government.


 In September 2015, Trump authorized Cohen to pursue a deal in Russia through Felix Sater, a longtime business associate of Trump.  Cohen kept Trump updated on the progress of the deal. While these negotiations were ongoing, Trump made positive public comments about Putin in connection with his presidential campaign. Cohen and Sater sought to leverage Trump's comments, and subsequent comments about Trump by Putin, to advance the deal. 


By the end of 2015, Cohen reached out to the Kremlin directly to solicit the Russian government's assistance. Cohen made contact in January 2016 with a Russian Presidential Administration aide to Dmitri Peskov, a senior Kremlin official and key advisor to Putin. Cohen discussed the project in detail and reported to Trump that he had done so. 


The Committee found George. Papadopoulos used multiple avenues to pursue a face to-face meeting between Trump and President Putin. Papadopoulos believed that he was operating with the approval-or at least not the explicit disapproval-of Campaign leadership, who he kept apprised of his efforts.   The Committee further found that Papadopoulos' s efforts introduced him to several individuals that raise counterintelligence concerns, due to their associations with individuals from hostile foreign governments as well as actions these individuals undertook. 


 Here, in the clearest possible form, is the evidence of the Trump campaign's successful collusion with the Russian government to rig the 2016 Presidential election, which Donald Trump, William Barr and many others lied about under oath, and which Trump has continued to lie about hundreds of times since.  Coupled with the many occasions when Trump has engaged in actions detrimental to the United States but highly desirable for Vladimir Putin, we have a literal example of adhering to the enemy, giving them aid and comfort, i.e. treason as defined in the Constitution.  Anyone who denies that at this point is a liar or a fool, and is a participant in Trump's treason.


Friday, August 21, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

 A lot piled up here, as of course the liars are going to be out in force for the next couple of months.  Let's just get through this batch of lies, so we can move on to the next batch.


I thought I would begin today with a bit of the self-delusion the wingnuts are dishing out concerning Trump's treachery with the Post Office.  There wasn't as much as I expected- I think even wingnuts know it's a lost cause to explain that away- but here is what I found:


Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "WATCH: CNN's Latest Spin Over Mail-Ballots Takes a Ridiculous Nosedive...The Republican National Committee's Communications Director, Michael Ahrens, on Friday highlighted CNN's blatant media bias when it comes to mail-in voting. The left-wing news organization had an article about New Jersey's decision to utilize voting by mail. Conveniently, CNN left out the fact four men – one of which is a sitting councilman and one that is a councilman-elect – had charges pressed against them for voting fraud."


Four.  FOUR!  FOUR MEN! Out of the 125 million or so that will cast votes this fall!  That is far more important than mass vote suppression by the President of the United States, so shut up, you liberals!


"What's amazing is that it took eight people – Elizabeth Hartfield, Paul LeBlanc, Rachel Janfaza, Ellie Kaufman, Marshall Cohen, Jason Hoffman, Kelly Mena and Nicky Robertson – to write the story. Not one of them mentioned this voter fraud. And the bottom of the concluded in typical CNN fashion:  "In reality, there is no widespread voter fraud in US elections, and nonpartisan experts say neither party automatically benefits when states expand access to mail-in voting."


No widespread voter fraud!  How dare liberals say that?  FOUR MEN!!!!!!!  Just like in Benghazi!  Which reminds me, what about her e-mails?  Were any of them sent to Hunter Biden?


Nick Arama, Red State:  "Protesters Have Now Been Shifted to the New Democratic Conspiracy Theory...Democrats and media have been pushing a crazy conspiracy that President Donald Trump wants to defund the USPS in order to steal the election."


It's a conspiracy theory, despite the fact that Trump has openly admitted that that's exactly what he is doing.


"Democrats are literally trying to undermine the confidence in the election."


Something that our great Republican President openly does every single day.  Just one more example of blaming the Democrats for what Republicans do with impunity.


Nick Arama, Red State:  "Joe Biden Dives Headlong Off the Deep End With the Wacky Postal Conspiracy Against Trump"


Nick seems to be Red State's go-to guy on the Post Office issue.  Same crap here, just tied to Biden.  Good luck with that, Nick.


Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "J. Christian Adams Explains Why 'Voter Suppression' Is a 'Fantasy Concept'


In case the name J. Christian Adams is not familiar to you, he has been one of the Republican party's greatest experts on implementing voter suppression for decades, and a right wing religious lunatic to boot.  Under George W. Bush he was "a Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights election lawyer" who spent his whole time fabricating ways to eliminate civil rights suits involving minorities, and focus the entire department on "discrimination" against right wing Christians.


“I’ll give a $500 gift card to anybody who can find a federal law that mentions voter suppression,” Adams told PJ Media. “It is a term invented by the left to blend the legal with the illegal, the acceptable with the unacceptable.”


Green Eagle will give a a five million dollar gift card to anyone that finds a law mentioning "causing someone to die by eating their liver when they are alive," but it is still murder.  


“There’s no rule that says everybody must be encouraged to vote. Campaigns build strategies around discouraging people from voting. It’s legal and it’s what everybody does,” he explained."


REPUBLICAN campaigns build strategies around discouraging people from voting.  I have never heard of a Democrat doing that.  In plain English, to paraphrase Richard Nixon, "It's legal when a Republican does it."  And in further news:


Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "EXCLUSIVE: Trump Turns the Tables on Civil Rights Commission With Appointment of J. Christian Adams...This week, President Donald Trump appointed J. Christian Adams to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.  Adams’ willingness to defend white plaintiffs against black defendants in civil rights cases contrasted with the Obama DOJ’s interpretation of civil rights law"


He sure did "turn the tables."  He appointed a known racist who has fought for years to destroy the Civil Rights Commission's mandate and turn it into a propaganda factory for right wing Evangelical Christianity.  Way to go there, Donny.


CNN’s Jake Tapper: “There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.”


White House chief of staff Mark Meadows: “There’s no evidence that there’s not, either. That’s the definition of fraud, Jake.” 


No evidence of fraud is proof of fraud.  When Republicans are making the charges.  Of course, when the tables are turned, infinite evidence of Republican criminality is proof that they are innocent.  Case in point: one Donald J. Trump.


Jeff Davidson, Town Hall:  "Biden and Harris Are Incapable of Steering the Economy Effectively"


No 33% drops in one quarter for them! That takes steering beyond their capacity, that's for sure.  Only the business genius and six times bankrupt Trump could accomplish that.  Jeff makes his argument by quoting Henry Morgenthau, FDR's Treasury secretary in 1939:


"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises, I say after eight years of this administration -- we have just as much unemployment as when we started. And an enormous debt to boot!”


Jeff conveniently forgot to include what Morgenthau, a life long opponent of deficit spending said (in the same speech) that the solution was:


"We have never begun to tax the people in this country the way they should be ... I don't pay what I should. People in my class don't. People who have it should pay."


Higher taxes on the rich to cut government debt in a time of economic hardship.  Funny Jeff didn't mention that.  And  by the way, let's just examine Morgenthau's claim in light of known facts.  Here is the unemployment rate during the great depression:



If you count the depression as having started in 1930, you could make the claim Morgenthau did.  However, Roosevelt did not take office until 1933, at which point Republican policies had driven unemployment up to close to 25%.  By 1937, Keynesian policies had reduced the unemployment rate to about 14%, in four years.  That is when Roosevelt made the biggest mistake in his Presidency and allowed people like Morgenthau to convince him that the danger was over, and he could stop what had worked so well.  The unemployment rate began immediately rising again,until it reached about 18%, at which point Roosevelt reverted to Keynesianism, and the unemployment rate began its long term drop once again, reaching a low of about 2% during World War II.  Like all fiscal conservatives, Morgenthau was just lying about the facts.


"Prior to the pandemic, President Trump's economic policies worked enormously well."


That should read "Prior to the pandemic, Obama's economic policies worked enormously well, until the economy hit its first roadblock under Trump, and then it collapsed into a depression under his leadership."


Scott Hounsell, Red State:  "COVID-19 is a Deadly Virus … to Free Enterprise"


Yeah, that's it.  That's what Americans are worried about.  Dying themselves?  Who cares? Remember, corporations are people, so maybe the 170,000 people who died were really corporations, which would be far more terrible than if mere humans had died.


Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "No, Trump Never 'Promoted' the Birther Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris"


Yes he did, you lying dick.  From NPR:


"Twenty-four hours after entertaining and amplifying a false and racist birther conspiracy aimed at Sen. Kamala Harris, President Trump had an opportunity to correct the record. He didn't. Neither did his son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner.  For Trump, this is a return to familiar territory."


It's familiar territory to all of us.  Except Matt, I guess.


Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "HUGE: Joe Biden Alienated Black Voters by Choosing Kamala Harris"


Hah.  A huge but undetectable group. Talk about giving in to wishful thinking.  


Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "The Media Is Absolutely Wacko for Claiming Kamala Harris Is a 'Moderate’


Coming from someone who undoubtedly thinks Mitt Romney is a Leninist.


Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "BREAKING: Trump Brokers Peace Deal Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates"


I've just got to get one story about this in here today.  This deal has been worked on by Israel and the UAE for years, and Donald Trump had sod all to do with it.  You know that is true because if The World's Greatest Deal Maker had gotten involved, it would have blown up in everyone's faces, just like his "deal" with Kim Jong Un did, and his trade negotiations with China and his diplomacy with our European (former) allies. The only person he can negotiate with is Putin, with whom his negotiating strategy is, "What do you want, Vlad?  Okay, you got it."


Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "New Trump Ad Will Make Voters Ask Why Joe Biden Picked a Black Woman to Be His Running Mate"


No dog whistles there.  No, really.  Rick is just asking the question that is on everyone's lips- everyone who is a racist.  Curiously, Rick never answers his own question in this column.  Maybe that's because the real answer, that she is about ten thousand times more qualified to be Vice President than Mike Pence, regardless of her race or sex, is something he would never allow himself to say out loud.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Garbage DC Website Known for Promoting Conspiracies Attacks Gateway Pundit After Crashing White House Press Corps Coven"


How dare they?  And what garbage DC website would that be?


"On Saturday the far left garbage website Washington Post wrote a hit piece on The Gateway Pundit, The Epoch Times and OANN for crashing their White House party."


Far left garbage website  the Washington Post!  Oh, and did Joe mention that they are a "garbage website?"  Oh yeah, he did, four times in his article.  And hundreds of thousands of people who would never read the Washington Post or any other mainstream news source rely on things like Jim's, dare I say it, garbage website, for their information.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Two Boys Robbed at Gunpoint at Their Lemonade Stand in Peoria, Illinois"


All the news that's fit to print.  I'm not sure, but how much would you like to bet that the robbers were black?  And the following story is circulating all over the place today:


Danielle Haynes, UPI:  "Trump donates $100K paycheck to National Park Service"


Just to be clear, he did not just donate the $100K paycheck to the National Park Service.  He donated it for the sole purpose of restoring Confederate monuments taken down or damaged by the recent protests.  Let no chance for a racist outrage go unused.


Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Congressional candidate takes on Soros...As “a conservative wife, mother, and businesswoman who stands with President Trump and against the left-wing socialists who want to wreck our country,” she dared to call billionaire left-wing money bags George Soros the “enemy of the people.”  But Google the name of Marjorie Taylor Greene and you will be bombarded with stories designed to create the impression this Christian woman is a crazy conspiracy theorist."


No comment needed.


Tucker Carlson:  "Most compelling voice against abortion is Kanye West"


How unique.  At once, the most compelling voice against abortion and the most compelling argument for it.


Andrea Widberg, American Thinker:  "Barack Obama is meddling in the upcoming election"


Because he has no right to express his opinion about American politics.  And we know why, too.


Eric Mack, Newsmax:  "Stephen Baldwin to Newsmax TV: 'Trump's Going to Win'


Let me just state my opinion on this as politely as I can.  I got to know both Stephen and Pauly Shore (who was a very nice guy, by the way) when working on the movie Biodome.  Stephen made Pauly seem like Albert Einstein in comparison.


Marlo Safi, Daily Caller:  "Here’s What We Know About The New Bubonic Plague In China"


Plague in China!  Ooh, scary!  Here comes another disease from China!  Only Trump can save us!  Apparently, we don't know much, since here is the entire content of this post:


"While the coronavirus pandemic has occupied most of the attention in 2020, the cause of the deadliest epidemic in human history has also appeared on medical radars: the bubonic plague."


Oh wait, to see the rest of the article, you must be a "Patriot," which presumably means that you have to give these assholes money.  Forget it.


In fact, after his usual half hearted internet search, Green Eagle has discovered that China, population 1.4 billion, has detected one case of plague, in a shepherd in inner Mongolia.  On average, there are seven detected cases of plague in the United States every year.  But CHINA!!! Be afraid, people, be very afraid!  CHINA!!!!  ONLY TRUMP CAN SAVE US!


Jared Kushner, Washington Post:  "The historic deal between Israel and the UAE shows Trump’s strategy is paying off"


Trump's strategy of taking credit for things he had nothing to do with.  A skill he has perfected through constant practice.


Dan Baltz, Washington Post:  "Democrats head to convention united against Trump, but expecting conflict once the election is over"


Here it comes, right on schedule! "Democrats in disarray," even when they are amazingly united.  Expect to hear a lot more about this in the coming three months, along with maybe a couple of articles about how it's all good for John McCain.


Before it's News:  "The United States Justice Department, on behalf of President Donald J. Trump, has finalized a sealed indictment naming Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the coronavirus taskforce, a traitor to America, according to a Washington sources familiar with the issue...The indictment, which currently sits on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, charges Fauci with numerous high crimes and misdemeanors, many of which could see Fauci stripped of his medical license and deported to GITMO for the rest of his natural life. Those charges reportedly include treason, conspiring with the enemy, and fraud."


This is the sixth or seventh time this indictment has been "finalized," that I have heard, "according to a Washington sources familiar with the issue."  Meanwhile, seems like every time they repeat this idiotic story, another one of their own people gets arrested.


"Sources close to the Fauci probe said Trump became suspicious of Fauci’s intentions after reading Tweets linking the doctor to a “Deep State” coup designed to cripple his reelection campaign. These Tweets alleged Fauci and none other than Barack Hussein Obama had orchestrated a “hoax” to tank the economy...Moreover, Fauci has been a frequent guest of CNN and MSNBC, networks that often criticize Trump’s pandemic response endeavors. He has used his status as one of America’s most notable physicians to directly contradict Trump’s messages."


Contradicting Trump's lies is treason, because of course it is.


Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Tlaib Slams DNC and Votes 'No' on the Party Platform"


I like to run stories like this periodically, because they illustrate how absolutely inconceivable it is to Republicans that a party could tolerate any disagreement in its ranks.


Bonchie, Red State:  "Joe Biden Spreads Wild Conspiracy Theories, Shows the Ridiculous Hypocrisy of Democrats and the Media"


What wild conspiracies?  That Trump is damaging the post office to help his reelection.  


Nick Arama, Red State:  "Trump Supporters Going for World’s Record Boat Parade In Florida"


Just a sign of how desperate they are to come up with any good news about Trump.

Do they actually think that jackass stunts like this are going to change a single vote, or is it all nothing but an attempt to keep Trump from degenerating into a psychotic rage when he realizes that nobody except fools like this wants him around any more?


Mike Miller, Red State:  "Dazed & Confused: Media Reports 150 Times More Negative News on Trump Than Biden"


That's called reporting the truth, buddy.


Wayne Dupree, LifeZette:  "WATCH: Antifa showed up at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and were instantly clobbered by bikers while crowd chanted ‘USA! USA!’


There have been a number of stories about this alleged incident online lately- the first time I remember a major political party cheering the fact that people were beaten up by motorcycle gangs.  And the very next story on this blog:


Drew Berquist, LifeZette:  "WATCH: Squad member Ayanna Pressley boldly calls for more ‘unrest in the streets’


I guess bikers beating peaceful protesters is not 'unrest in the streets' as long as Republican bikers are doing the beating.


Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "(The Democratic Party's) concern – or disgust, depending on who you ask – was ratcheted up when Biden tapped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate."


Did you notice the Dems being that disgusted?  Me either.  We must not be as sensitive to emotions as Beth is.


"Harris continued on, saying that "they" – the Republicans – want to strip Americans of the right to vote because it can and will change the course of our nation. Of course, that's not the case. We want fair and secure elections."


Sure you do.


"Let's see how this impacts voters. Will people despise Biden-Harris more than Trump, to the point where they cast a third party vote?"


Starting to count on some pretty remote scenarios, aren't we, Republicans?  If you really want to win, I'd suggest sticking with the cheating, and forget the self-delusion.


Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Everything the Left Touches It Ruins. Now Add Science."


I may have said this once or twice before, but fuck you, Dennis.  This miserable lying schmuck is talking about Hydroxychloroquine here.  The left ruining science apparently consists of believing what scientists find out.


"Forthcoming columns will deal with more areas of life ruined by the left, including, most troubling of all, America itself."


Fuck you, Dennis.  Oh, did I say that already?  Well, it was worth repeating.


And of course, now a little wingnut coverage of the first night of the Democratic convention.  More of this to follow next time, as they desperately try to hang on to their main campaign claim that it is Joe Biden and not Trump who is a doddering, ignorant old fool:


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Is This Real? Why Some Are Calling the DNC Outro Monday Night 'The Moment Trump Won Re-Election'


"Some" being three random people on Twitter that you never heard of before.


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "You Can Tell That Bernie Can't Muster the MoJo to Give Biden a Full-Throated Progressive Endorsement"


Whereas every single Republican leader can muster the "mojo" to give their criminal traitor in chief, who just ruined the economy and the health of the country, a ringing endorsement.  I leave you to decide which is a better option for our country.


Before it's News:  "How Many First Ladies Were Actually Men?"


We'll never know, because I couldn't take thirty seconds of this video.  I did hear enough to learn that the Antichrist will be transgendered.  Who knew?


And a little more "Democrats in Disarray:"


Washington Post:  "Democrats wonder: Does the party have a unified vision for America?"


Anyone who thinks the mainstream press is going to give the Democrats a fair break this time around, despite every one of them knowing what it means if Trump cheats his way in there again, had better think again.  No matter how qualified he is, and how abominable Trump is, Biden is going to be swimming upstream against the spillage from a broken dam of lies.


Dinesh D'Souza:  "Dinesh D’Souza: “Michelle Obama Knows Trump is Morally Superior"


How he can even say that without lightning striking him dead is beyond me.  Criminal, sexual pervert, liar, bully, traitor...boy, that really defines morally superior to me.


And the Obama scandal of the day:


Michael Thau, Red State:  "Obama Let Windmill Biz Kill Endangered Bald Eagles."


No word about a President who let a virus kill 170,000 American human citizens.  Michael's answer? Ban wind energy, and go back to fossil fuel. Because of course that's his answer.   Michael continues by bringing up one of Donald Trump's biggest hits:


"it might be a good time to revisit some remarks about windmills Trump made last April at a fundraiser.  “If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer."


Of course, nothing sends the ever-vigilant guardians of the establishment narrative known by that quintessential piece of Orwellian doublespeak, “fact-checkers,” scurrying to their keyboards faster than when Donald Trump points out something nobody’s supposed to be noticing."


Something nobody's supposed to be noticing because it is a preposterous lie. 


Well, that clears the decks for the next round of malicious idiocy, coming soon to a website near you.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Because Of Course He Was

 

We hear today that Steve Bannon was just arrested for conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, in connection with a multimillion dollar extortion of wingnut suckers who contributed money to supposedly build Trump's wall, but instead contributed to Steve and his friends.

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I think it's pretty safe.



From Daily Kos, the following amusing story:

"The indictment is in conjunction with “We Build the Wall,” a private organization supposedly raising donations to build Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border. Also indicted were We Build the Wall frontman Brian Kolfage, serial fraudster Andrew Badolato, and real estate broker Timothy Shea."

And just to compound the fun, there's this, which I learned from Atrios:

"Kris Kobach is the general counsel of the Build the Wall PAC that Steve Bannon was just arrested for being involved in as chairman. The advisory board includes Erik Prince, former CO congressman Tom Tancredo, Sheriff Dave Clarke and former pitcher Curt Schilling."


A whole raft of familiar names, huh?  I said a few days ago that I could not imagine Trump making it to November without more huge embarrassments.  Well, here is the first one; more major players in Trump's election, including perhaps the biggest one of all, indicted. How long before the pardons  start flying around the country?



And a little addendum:  From Phillip Bump at the Washington Post:  "Each of the three people who led Trump’s 2016 campaign has now faced criminal charges"


Because of course they were.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Is Nobody Going to Even Ask This Question?

 What in the entire earth leads people to think that, because Trump and his stooge at the head of the Post Office said they are going to stop rigging the mails to get him re-elected, he actually has a shred of intention to keep his promise?


This is a criminal deviant who has ignored multiple actual court orders on things as malignant as throwing children in concentration camps to hurt their parents- surely a sign of end-stage dictatorship if ever there was one.  This is someone who has told over 20,000 documented lies over his time in office.  How could anyone believe that he is going to do what he promises?


And how beaten down by some sort of political Stockholm Syndrome do people have to be to believe for a second that he will give up anything that he thinks will help him stay in office?


Maybe a minor issue, as a thousand die every day thanks entirely to his deliberate, self serving malfeasance, but a sign of how impossible it still is for the majority of even informed Americans to face what he is, and what his party has become.  Meanwhile, an absolutely staggering procession of criminal, treacherous, vicious, and yes, treasonous, acts as our President have managed to reduce his committed base by two percent.  Two percent!  The rest are just fine with his criminality and viciousness.


This is a sign of a country as lost to hope as the Weimar Republic was in its waning days, when right wing rich guys conspired behind the scenes to install the most horrible government in modern history.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Play List

 I just saw a post featuring Barack Obama's summer 2020 play list, so I thought I would publish Green Eagle's own summer play list:


Buddy Guy


Things pretty much just like Buddy Guy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_4UmAY852I



Bad Convention Timing

 At least three important stories are getting stepped on by the Democratic convention this year.


First, coverage of the convention is giving the press a great chance to let the postal service scandal, potentially the worst received of all of Trump's corrupt activities, to recede in to the past.


Second, it has virtually disappeared the latest example of Trump's lunatic corruption, advocating the deadly chemical oleandrin as a cure for the Corona virus.  He did this out of a mixture of greed, enabling a company in which his friend had millions invested, self service, as he is desperate to tell the American people that the Corona Virus problem has been solved, whether true or false, and grotesque stupidity.  


And now we hear the following story:


"President Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman posed a “grave counterintelligence threat” due to his interaction with people close to the Kremlin, according to a bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday that found extensive contacts between key campaign advisers and officials affiliated with Moscow’s government and intelligence services...In its report, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee states that Trump’s then-campaign chair Paul Manafort worked with a Russian intelligence officer “on narratives that sought to undermine evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election,” including the idea that purported Ukrainian election interference was of greater concern.


It found that a Russian attorney who met with Manafort, along with the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law Jared Kushner at Trump Tower in 2016, had “significant connections” to the Kremlin."


So, it was all true, despite Trump and Barr and Lindsay Graham and every other Republican denying it a thousand times:  Trump did collude with the Russians to rig the 2016 election.  But will anyone notice?  Do you think it is an accident that Senate Republicans managed to delay the release of this report until it could hide in the shadow of the Democratic convention?


Three issues, any one of which should be enough to result in Trump's immediate ouster from the Presidency, sadly obscured by the coverage of the Democratic convention.  Sure, Michelle Obama gave a great speech, but was it really worth helping to cover up treason, criminality and terminal stupidity from Donald Trump?

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Evidence

 A map of places where mail sorting machines are being removed, overlaid on a map of where Hillary had a lead in the 2016 election.  Solid blue dots are where Hillary was ahead, solid red dots are where Trump was ahead:


I think this makes things pretty obvious.  Impeach the bastard.



The Idiot Bastard Is At It Again

 

Some more news from Doctor Trump:


"To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.


  The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It's embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product."


To the alarm of some government officials?


"Oleandrin is a toxic cardiac glycoside found in oleander...


Symptoms of oleandrin poisoning can cause both gastrointestinal and cardiac effects. The gastrointestinal effects can consist of nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting, as well as higher salivation and diarrhea (which may contain blood). After these first symptoms, the heart may be affected by tachyarrhythmia, bradyarrhythmia, premature ventricular contractions, or atrioventricular blockage. Also, xanthopsia (yellow vision), a burning sensation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, and gastrointestinal tract and respiratory paralysis can occur.[2] Reactions to poisonings from this plant can also affect the central nervous system. These symptoms can include drowsiness, tremors, or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death. Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergy reactions characterized by dermatitis when administered topically."


But a Trump backer might make money from selling this poison, so that weighs heavily in favor of approving it.  


There has rarely been a world leader in history with as toxic a combination of mental derangement and sheer pleasure in doing evil as Donald Trump.  And yet forty percent of likely voters still want him as President.  This is a very sick country.  Maybe a dose of oleandrin would help out. 




A Note About What Is To Come

 A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that every time a mainstream news outlet did a story about Joe Biden's strong lead in the polls, the writers had to add the obligatory observation that "there is still plenty of time for Trump to turn things around."


What none of them seemed to even be able to imagine is that there was an equal amount of time left for Trump to make things even worse.  And really, which one of those is more likely, given his record so far?


Now we have seen the next move in Trump's charge over the cliff- the totally unforced Postal Service debacle- something which he thought he could easily get away with, but which has backfired on him as badly as anything in his Presidency.


We still have about 80 days left, and Trump's polling doesn't seem to be improving to any significant degree.  You know that this means that he will be boiling toward panic more and more as the days go by.  I think that there is a strong chance that we will see more self-inflicted wounds before November, and these currently unpredictable disasters (who could have imagined the Postal Service doing so much damage to him?) may well turn out to be the most important events that we will see before election day.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Huge Storm Destroys Grain Silos in Iowa

 


And when I saw this picture I thought it was the newest Frank Gehry building.

Impeach the Bastard, Already

John Lewis: "When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something.” 



Donald Trump, by his own admission, is engaging in open, pervasive and deliberate attempts on every front to rig the 2020 election.


This is by any definition a high crime against the United States.  His individual actions, such as deliberately wrecking the post office to limit Democratic votes, are also crimes, and an existential threat to what is left of democratic government in the United States.  


It is Congress' responsibility to the nation, not an optional exercise, to do what it can to remove this person from his position, regardless of whether his corrupt party can frustrate that action.  It is not an optional choice; it is their duty.  


So, do your duty and get on with Trump's second impeachment.  The nation's survival is at risk.

Friday, August 14, 2020

They're All Nazis, yeah, That's the Ticket!

 Here is a distilled form of a Covid delusion that has taken crystal clear shape over the last few days.  Many of its elements (Soros, Fauci, Bill Gates, for example) have floated around the Republican world for months, but it is nice to have it put together in all its devious glory.  No link, of course; you will just have to take Green Eagle's word for it that I have seen all the elements together several places today in my perusal of right wing "thought."


"The vaccine that is coming…


As many of you heard Moderna is in stage 3 of their vaccine testing.

If all goes well it’ll become federal law to get the vaccine.

Here’s something many of you don’t know,"


"guess who the first CEO of Moderna was?

A Cornell graduate by the name of Anthony Fauci, who was a roommate with none other than

Bill Gates.


Are you paying attention?"


I am.  Bill Gates went to Harvard, and is fourteen years younger than Fauci, who went to Cornell, and graduated when Gates was still in middle school.  Neither Bill Gates nor Anthony Fauci has any monetary involvement with Moderna, which was only founded in 2010. 


"It was at Cornell that Bill Gates designed the RFID (Radio-frequency identification) and patented it under US2006257852.


Are you awake yet?"


That claim is totally false. 


"Now let’s really go down the rabbit hole."


Let's go down the rabbit hole?  I thought we were already at the Mad Hatter's tea party by now. 


"Moderna was a pharmaceutical company that started in Germany under the name IG Farben.


As I mentioned, Moderna was founded in 2010.  IG Farben was not a company at all, but a cartel of German chemical companies, among them Bayer, BASF and AGFA.  IG Farben actually stands for "Dye industry syndicate," or something of that nature, "Farben" being the German word for dyes.  Virtually the entire German chemical industry grew out of dye companies- Bayer having first achieved success through its development of the blue dye used in blue jeans- thus the name.  It played a very malignant role in Nazi rule.  If you are interested in the development of the German chemical industry and its collaboration with the Nazis, I would like to recommend the book, Hell's Cartel, by Diarmuid Jeffreys,  which is a fascinating account of what happened.  IG Farben was broken apart immediately following World War II, 65 years before Moderna was founded, and had absolutely nothing to do with it.


IG Farben is infamous for it’s mass production of Zyklon-B, the primary gas used to kill millions during the Holocaust."

 Heinrich Himmler and various other Nazis, touring an IG Farben manufacturing facility


As a note which you can just put in the "but of course it happened" file, the executives of IG Farben were largely let go without punishment, as a result of the intransigent refusal to convict them of a right wing American judge at their war crimes trial.


"After Germany fell, IG Farben was dissolved and its assets sold off by a Nazi turned American by the name of, you guessed it, George Soros."


Soros, who was fifteen years old at the time, having been born in 1930.  No wonder he is so rich today; he was already making earth shattering financial deals as a teenager, according to this account.* Soros, a German Jew, was never a Nazi, although that easily disprovable claim is repeated constantly on the right.  


"Soros rebranded the company as Moderna."


Pure nonsense, of course. 


"And who was the primary stockholder of Moderna until his death?


Jeffrey Epstein.


There is absolutely no evidence that Epstein ever had any stake in Moderna. 


His role in Moderna is where he made his fortune and established his connections."


He made his fortune, whatever it was, as a partner at Bear Sterns.  Since Epstein had been a wheeler dealer since at least the 1990's, it is a little hard to understand how he could have gotten rich from a company that was founded in 2010. 


"Let that sink in.

Wake up people!

You are being conditioned and controlled."


Well, there you have it: all the way from Adolf Hitler to Anthony Fauci, in a series involving only nine blatant lies. Although I guess I have to agree with the conditioned and controlled part.


*That was sarcasm, in case you are already so outraged that you missed it.