Showing posts from November, 2021

The State of Madness Today

 I have not been posting much right wing garbage lately, because it has seemingly all converged on a single stupid narrative, and there are only so many laughs we can get out of the same jokes over and over again.  However, today I would like to present you with some excerpts from a single article, the contents of which have appeared at a number of right wing sites lately, and which I think is an excellent summation of the current state of their "thinking."  As usual, I cannot resist a few reflections of my own along the way.  So, let's get started: “My Fellow Americans, The Storm is Upon Us.”…John F. Kennedy Jr. 8:30 am EST Thurs. 25 Nov. 2021, (on his 61st birthday)." Because of course it is.  I just wish the storm would hit L.A. already- we could use the rain. "The Earth is now under Military Law – the biggest military operation in history – with troops of 17 Nations under leadership of General Flynn fighting for the liberation of Humanity." Because of c

Headlines We Love to See

 From the Washington Post: "Taliban sends hundreds of fighters to eastern Afghanistan to wage war against Islamic State" I remember the Iran-Iraq war from the eighties being described as a war in which the world was rooting for both sides to lose.  Well, here we are again. 

How the Democrats can Win in 2022 and 2024

Okay, a lot of people are going to abuse me for saying this, but I believe it is true.  Here is my guide to Democratic victory: 1.  No more talk about racism 2. No more talk about trans rights Are these issues not important?  Of course they are important but they have been so poisoned by Republican baiting that, for every person persuaded by talk about them, three or four are turned off.  If Democrats want to win, they have to leave these issues alone for now. 3. Every time a Democrat gets in front of a microphone or on a TV broadcast, they must insist that the conversation be about one thing- the real threat facing this country today, which is the effort by Republicans to turn this country into a fascist dictatorship, which has been their main goal at least back to the time of Reagan.  Republicans are so successful at using this technique of assault in spreading their lies; it is about time Democrats use it to spread the truth.  Because no other issue matters if Republicans succeed in

Is There Really Nothing That Will Be Bad Enough?

Here's a story that our nation's press, which has been willing to publicize such blatant Republican lies as Obama's birth certificate, Benghazi, Critical Race Theory, Hunter Biden's alleged laptop or Hillary's e-mails, has managed to forget almost immediately.  From Newsweek: "Images captured during the January 6 riot showed former Vice President Mike Pence hiding in an underground parking garage, according to the author of a book about the events surrounding the incidents at the Capitol. ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl said while researching his book, he found out that Pence had been with an official White House photographer during the hours of the riot carried out by supporters of ex-President Donald Trump.  "He was in this concrete parking garage...with his family," Karl said. "This is the vice president of the United States and he is, like, holed up in a basement." Why was he in a parking garage while a screaming mo

Why I Have Not Quit Facebook Yet

 Where else am I going to learn about things like this?


 A case study in 21st century propaganda We've seen the right in this country weaponize a propaganda technique that I have rarely seen talked about: the fabrication or adoption of words or short phrases which are designed to stimulate rage toward the propagandists' enemies.  "Benghazi,"  "Her e-mails," "Socialism," "Tax and spend," "weak on defense," and on and on; these phrases have shown themselves to have a powerful effect on the uninformed and unreflective, if repeated often enough, and have contributed in major ways to keeping right wing governments in power around the world. Nothing along these lines has had more effect than the misuse of the term "apartheid" in connection with the state of Israel.  The endless repetition of this term, filled with hateful associations, has swayed millions around the world to turn against the Israeli government, and Jews in general.  And frighteningly, in this incidence, the tacti