Showing posts from October, 2020

How Low Will They Go- Part Infinity

 If you really want to know what to expect from the Republicans over the next week and a half, you might be interested in this story.  It is currently the number one post at Before It's News. an aggregator of far right videos which I follow for Wingnut Wrapup.  The video to which it is linked, which I did not watch, already has 125,000 views. Yes, in their desperate attempt to smear Joe Biden, they have now gone from utterly false claims that he made a billion dollars from deals with the Chinese, which seem to interest nobody, to this- a claim that he engaged in "torture raping" Chinese children, which of course fits in perfectly with the bizarre lies spread by QAnon.   The Republicans have engaged in dirty smear tactics in every election for decades, but in all the time I have been following them, I have never seen anything as degraded as this.  And we now have a promise to vomit up more of this sort of thing every hour for the next 13 days.  God knows what they will be

There Just Is No Bottom

 So today, on national television, Donald Trump demanded that the Attorney General of the United States immediately open an "investigation" into the latest Hunter Biden accusations, and complete the entire thing and announce his "findings" before election day.  And we know exactly what those findings had better be. And let us remember the monstrous crime that Biden committed that was (allegedly) revealed on the hard drive of this laptop.  Hunter Biden was on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company.  Maybe he should have never been there, but we have known about that for a long time, and known that a Ukrainian investigation cleared both Hunter and Joe of any wrongdoing.  So what did we learn from this hard drive?  There is an e-mail on it from another member of the board of this company, thanking Hunter for introducing him to Joe.  That's it.  Not a single suggestion that anything improper in any way occurred, just that a businessman (that would be H

Pushing the Smears

 You've all heard about the latest Rudy Giuliani generated smear of Joe Biden- one of the most degraded and yet ludicrous attacks to come from a party that consistently runs on nothing else.  I don't need to deal with that here; its stupidity and blatant falsehood have been covered thoroughly many other places.  I had thought of doing a wingnut wrapup about the inevitable refusal of Conservatives to take "you are an idiot" for an answer, but really, it would make such boring reading.  So I decided to list the posts that are up about this story at one single website, Gateway Pundit, one of the highest traffic political sites in existence, which was graced by Trump with White House press certification.  I don't think there is any point in getting into how idiotic they are, so let me just note that there are 14 of them. "DAY 2 BOMBSHELL: Newly Released Emails Show How Hunter Biden Worked to Cash in Big on China WITH MONEY HELD FOR HIS DAD, JOE BIDEN!" "

The Deep State Wins Again

 Another crushing blow to the forces of law and order, as just detailed by the Washington Post: ‘Unmasking’ probe commissioned by Barr quietly concludes without charges or any public report..." No charges! Obviously this guy was gotten to by the Deep State, or maybe was a part of the Deep State itself.  Because who could doubt the guilt of anyone attacked by President Trump? "The federal prosecutor appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to review whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents has completed his work without finding any substantive wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the matter. The revelation that U.S. Attorney John Bash, who left the department last week, had concluded his review without criminal charges or any public report will rankle President Trump at a moment when he is particularly upset at the Justice Department." You bet it will "rankle&quo

Trump's Bout with Covid

 Or rather, a comment on the Democratic response to it, which I think displays little understanding of just how serious a blow to Republicans this hospital stay was.  I want to make a great generalization here.  Of course it is not true about everyone, but I think in general, I am correct.  When liberals listen to political discourse, it is in an attempt to learn something.  Conservatives, on the other hand, don't care about learning; they listen to their thought-leaders to have their most vile emotions stoked and given the approval of authority.  This is why, incidentally, liberal talk radio has had such a troubled existence compared to conservatives on the air:  You can only hear the truth so many times before it becomes boring, while it never grows old for these people to have their hatred and greed, and above all, their sense of superiority to the rest of mankind, stoked. And essential to this attitude, as it has always been essential to white supremacy, is the sense that they

A Dog Whistle So Loud That It Could Deafen Anyone

Preparing for another hatefest. Here's an incident that has receded so far into the past that it is almost forgotten.  When Ronald Reagan ran for President in 1980, his first major appearance after he was nominated was in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where he gave a speech strongly supporting "States' rights," which of course everybody knows is a euphemism for segregation.  Philadelphia Mississippi happened to be the location of the KKK murder of three civil rights workers sixteen years before, but of course Reagan denied any connection to that event. Well, today, Donald Trump is reopening his campaign to be re-elected, at a rally in Sanford, Florida.  Some may remember Sanford as the site of the unpunished racist murder of Trayvon Martin. But Los Angeles Dodgers fans have another reason to remember Sanford.  In 1946, Sanford was the spring training home of the Montreal Royals, a Dodgers minor league team.  That year, Branch Rickey, the president of the Dodgers, who was

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Trump Re-Emerges

 After hiding away like a sick raccoon for several days, Donald Trump held a rally yesterday to celebrate his return to the campaign trail.  You would expect that the vaunted Trump campaign apparatus would have pulled out all the stops to make sure that this was a triumphant event, with a totally energized Trump speaking for his usual hour or two about any mean-spirited thing that popped into his head, in front of a crowd of tens of thousands.  That is what any rational person would have done, but he doesn't seem to have pulled it off.  The event, sponsored by a sickening astroturf group named Blexit, which purports to represent a vast number of black Americans who are abandoning the Democrats to support Trump, was held on the grounds of the White House, which one would think would be an inducement for many people to attend, as it is the only chance that most of them would ever have to be there.  And as an additional inducement, several news sources are reporting that a large numbe

Yes, It Really Exists

  It's a real movie, in some respect, and it was just released in the last couple of days, and seems to be just about as good as you would expect.  Just about as much chance of winning an Oscar here as Trump had of getting the Nobel Peace Prize.  As in, those old duffers in the Academy have made some big mistakes over the years, but not that big.  The story seems to revolve around a clone of Donald Trump a thousand years in the future, because, I guess, at this point even his real fans know he can't even beat Joe Biden, let alone a galactic conspiracy of terror.

The Coming Surprise

Think that Donald Trump is so exhausted that he can't get up to one more monument to the destruction of democracy before election day?  Don't count on that- if there is one thing we know about him it is that he is always capable of sinking lower into the mire of his own degradation. Do you really believe William Barr, who has proven to be as big a lying criminal bully as Trump, when he says that he doesn't plan on getting together with his toady John Durham to cook up one more blow to democracy the likes of which this country has never seen? How cute of you. Here is what the criminal Trump has had to say today: "These people should be indicted—this was the greatest political crime in the history of our country. And that includes Obama and it includes Biden—these are people that spied on my campaign," "Barr's going to go down either as the greatest attorney general in the history of the country or he's gonna go down as a very sad situation," Trump

The Vices Duke It Out- Updated

 So, I hope some people watched the Vice Presidential debate.  I've heard from the usual pundits, and as usual, I think they missed a lot of what was going on, so I will shoot my mouth off with my own opinion. First, Kamala.  This was not the fiery prosecutor Kamala Harris who we have seen a number of times in Senate hearings now.  There were a number of times when I know (and I know she knows) that she could have ripped Pence a new one, but she held back.  Why was this?  I believe it is because the entire Biden-Harris team knows that they are running well ahead of Trump, and the worst thing she could have done during the debate would have been to give the Trump team anything they could twist into a subject for videos they could use to attack her.  People know that nothing the Vice Presidential candidate says is going to persuade a significant number of people to vote for Biden, but she could have done the opposite if she really got into trouble.  This is a case where not giving th


  Known as Downfall in English, this is a film depicting the final days of Adolf Hitler's life, as Germany collapsed around him. As far as I can tell, it is a quite accurate depiction of life in the Hitlerbunker, as well as quite a movie. I am sure that there is hardly a person in existence that has not seen at least a couple of parodies of the scene from this film where Hitler dissolves into a shouting maniac, so most people are aware that it exists, but not that many have seen it.  In the film we see the combination of Hitler's descent into delusion combined with his intent to damage the German people in retribution for their having "failed" him.   This was an outstanding historical movie under any circumstances, but in the last couple of days it has taken on a frightening relevance to Americans.  If you have never seen this film, or even if you have not seen it in a long time, I urgently recommend that you watch it.  It is widely available online, in some cases for

He Succeeded

 Well, Donald Trump's dog and pony show at Walter Reed Hospital has succeeded in pushing his disastrous debate performance, his criminal tax avoidance, his appointment of a religious fanatic to the Supreme Court, Republican efforts to destroy Obamacare, his further collapse in the polls, his siding with white supremacists and a dozen other abominations totally out of the news.  Or shall I say that he gave the mainstream media permission to go chasing this utterly ridiculous hoax on a 24 hour a day basis, and in the process ignore everything that the American people need to know about. I know it must get sickeningly repetitive, but I have to say it again:  The mainstream media are not the dupes of the Republicans; they are their collaborators.  The media are owned by the hyper-rich, who use their property to promote their own interests, the same way the use their ownership of the Republican party.  And let me be clear; this is not true in the same way that rich people own practicall

Just Sayin'

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Wingnut Wrapup- Great Debate Edition

I said after the first Biden-Jackass debate that both people won- Biden in the real world and Trump in the disgusting fantasy land in which he and his supporters live.  Anyone who watched this event saw one of the most loathsome displays of egotism and viciousness ever seen on TV, and every one of us knows it. Here's a quote from Hanke Stuever at the Washington Post, that pretty well sums it up: "95 minutes of proof that the nation has slipped into irredeemable darkness...Years from now, we’ll rank this disruptive non-debate alongside terrorist attacks for TV that made us despair." And he wasn't talking about Joe Biden there, who acted like a perfectly normal human being, except for his restraint in not walking over and punching Trump in the face when he attacked Biden's dead son. But of course, that is not how Trump supporters are going to be ordered to see it, and here are their orders.  You could probably guess exactly what sorts of lies are going to be told a

Orange Jerk Claims He's Sick

 So the fat bully claims he has Covid now.  Of course, anyone who remembers the 20,000 lies he has told since becoming President, or the way he lies reflexively, whether it helps him or not, wouldn't believe a word he says without absolute proof; and nobody with any sense, would believe the word of his doctors either, as they have constantly told lies about his supposedly superb physical condition.  So we'll wait and see, but I can imagine several possibilities here. First, of course, is the chance that he actually is sick.  This would hardly be surprising, since he has constantly flaunted the advice of infectious disease experts, and exposed himself over and over again to getting the virus.  Still, as I said above, I will not believe this in any way unless it is vouched for by someone I trust, which is not anyone previously involved with him. A second possibility is that, no matter what he says in public, somehow this delusional orange mango realizes that he made a total ass o