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It's Not Just The Catholics

 From the Washington Post: "Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, kept secret database, report says The findings of nearly 300 pages include shocking new details about specific abuse cases and shine a light on how denominational leaders for decades actively resisted calls for abuse prevention and reform. Evidence in the report suggests leaders also lied to Southern Baptists over whether they could maintain a database of offenders to prevent more abuse when top leaders were secretly keeping a private list for years." I particularly liked the Post's prediction of the consequences of this discovery: "The report — the first investigation of its kind in a massive Protestant denomination like the SBC — is expected to send shock waves throughout a conservative Christian community that has had intense internal battles over how to handle sex abuse." No it won't, as the Post's writers know perfectly well, any more than the revelations about the Catholics

Why Is This Guy Not Dead?

 From the Washington Post today: "Kissinger says Ukraine should concede territory to Russia to end war" Precious advice from the architect of the United States' glorious victory in Viet Nam. "Kissinger urged the United States and the West to not seek an embarrassing defeat for Russia in Ukraine, warning it could worsen Europe’s long-term stability." No comment on how allowing a vicious dictator to violently seize part of a European nation might "worsen Europe’s long-term stability." "Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante,” said Kissinger, 98, according to the Daily Telegraph. “Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.” Asking Russia to pay a penalty for its murderous invasion of an innocent country would just be too much.  No, the rules should be, aggressors can keep what they seize, but should immediately get back what they lose.  That's t

UFO's

 With all of the potential disasters facing this country, a House subcommittee decided that today would be a good time to have the first hearings in fifty years about UFO's.  Could there possibly be a more stupid, and really, malicious waste of the country's resources?  Russia is on the verge of precipitating World War III, the Republican party is openly subverting our government, and their ignorant tools are killing people to speed along the process.  The almighty free enterprise system can't even keep an adequate supply of baby formula, we appear to be heading toward a summer of heat-induced disasters that could eclipse what we have already seen, half of the country seems to be descending into literal mental illness, and this is what they decided to do today.  This is an open sign of the willingness on the part of many of our "representatives" to send this country to hell, as long as nothing they do interferes with their meal tickets.

Stochaistic

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 Well, I've been kicked off of Facebook for thirty days for suggesting that Tucker Carlson should be executed as a traitor, just like Lord Haw Haw was at the end of World War II.  Carlson, of course, is free to use social media to effectively campaign daily for violence against non-white people, with results such as we saw this weekend- ten real, dead Americans, slaughtered in the name of Carlson's particular brand of hatred.  That is perfectly fine, apparently, as long as he keeps making money for rich sociopaths.  This brings me to the topic of this particular rant, "stochaistic terrorism." William Joyce, A.K.A. Lord Haw Haw Stochaistic terrorism is a term I only heard of a few years ago, but the concept stretches back at least a couple of centuries into history.  Basically, stochaistic terrorism is what has been called for decades "leaderless revolution," a terrorist tactic in which the powerful manipulators of human events constantly seek to incite viol

The End Game?

We've been pretty well bombarded the last few weeks with stories about Vladimir Putin's supposed bout with cancer- a bunch of new ones have emerged in the last couple of days.  Of course, given the mainstream media's disinterest in really getting to the bottom of any real news, we have no idea of whether these stories have any substance, or are just noise designed to distract from real issues.  Still, I think the newest stories, which are alleged to come from high-ranking people within Russia, are at least worth the following speculation, which of course is absent from much of the media coverage. Experts have generally foreseen two possible scenarios for an end to the failed Russian invasion of Ukraine:  Either a humiliating defeat and surrender, which for obvious reasons most people believe Vladimir Putin could never tolerate, or an escalation to something too terrible to really contemplate- the use of nuclear weapons, which, whatever damage they do to Russia's opponen

A Country Full Of Truly Fucked Up Voters

 At least we can be thankful that we don't live there.  From the Washington Post: "Dictator’s son takes commanding lead in Philippines election... Ferdinand Marcos Jr. looks poised to take the presidency in the country his family once plundered." Why don't they just elect Satan and get it over with?

Roe v. Wade- Dem Leadership About to Make Decisive Move

 Which will consist of this:  Now that Conservatives have successfully destroyed one of the most important liberal actions in the last century, while we did nothing of value to stop them, we can count on all Democratic voters to get really riled up about it and storm the voting booths in November, delivering us a magnificent popular victory without our having to do a damned thing to really stand up to this insane bullying, or even putting on a meaningful campaign.  Goody for us! Think I'm wrong?  Try to convince me.  I've got the last fifty years of American political experience on my side.

Prohibition- a Tale from the Past

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Most of us are familiar with prohibition, one of the stupidest misuses of the Constitution in the history of the United States.  But very few people have a clue where this misbegotten crusade came from.  Today is, I think, a good day to recall its story. What a waste.  Oh well, at least they were only hatcheting whiskey bottles and not women's bodies, as we are likely to get this time around. What nobody remembers about prohibition (it being convenient for us to forget) is that prohibition was a predecessor of Republican abortion mania.  That is, no leader of the Republican party gave a damn about prohibition, or thought it would accomplish much of anything, but it was a way to delude right wing Christians into supporting the Republican party, by pandering to one of their idiotic obsessions.  So, against the will of the great majority of the American people, into the Constitution it went.  And it worked spectacularly for the Republicans: the next three Presidents were all Republica

A Short Note

 Green Eagle has totally tuned out regarding anything having to do with the Supreme Court decision.  I can't imagine that there will be a single person who has anything to say about this abomination on either side that is not one hundred percent predictable.  This has been coming for decades now, and any Democrat who has pretended differently all this time was lying to themselves, just like they have lied to themselves about the Republican party being anything but a criminal, fascist cult determined to destroy multiparty rule.  

Wingnut Wrapup

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 Yeah, I thought I'd shovel along this pile of garbage before the weekend is over.  Sorry, but it's what I do. I thought I would start off with this wonderful graphic: This is from an allegedly American website, showing the noble knights from Russia and China defending the world against the mighty monster that is made up of the US, Britain, Germany, France and a couple of other presumed democracies that I can't identify.  It is just so representative of the smears and lies that are fed to right wingers every single day that I couldn't resist showing it to you. This brings me to something I have only done a couple of times in all the thousand or more Wingnut Wrapups I have written: link to a video.   Here is the graphic that accompanied that video: Apparently, there are two other parts of this execrable pack of lies, but this one was enough for me.  It is a compendium of the falsehoods on which right wingers justify Putin's criminal aggression against Ukraine, and es

Best Ukraine News I've Heard All Week

 "Putin has now taken day-to day-control of the conflict and delegated the running of Russia to the Prime Minister." Just great.  It should only be a few days now before he unleashes Army Group Steiner on his opponents.

Mister Republican

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And who would that be?  Abraham Lincoln, the Republicans' first President, and universally regarded along with George Washington as one of our two greatest Presidents?  Hardly; within a couple decades of his murder by a Southern racist (i.e. what would today be called a member of the Republicans' base,) Lincoln had come to be mister everything-a-Republican-isn't. How about Senator Robert Taft who, in the fifties and sixties, was actually called "Mister Republican," by virtue of the fact that he was a total corporate tool in the mold of later Republican luminaries like Bob Dole or Mitch McConnell, and therefore above reproach?  No, I don't think he would earn the title these days.  Merely selling out to the rich without pandering to the hatred and greed of the Republican base hardly earns that title any more. And what about the obvious choice, the lying, criminal, traitorous bully that they managed to put into the White House a few years ago?  Well, he comes cl

Mainstream Press Turns on Ukraine- Chapter 3

 It's hopeless, don't you know?  Ukraine, just give up, already.  More today, from some jackass named Ishaan Tharoor, at the Washington Post: "Amid talk of World War III, diplomacy is losing steam" Says who? "The specter of nuclear catastrophe hangs over the Russian war in Ukraine, according to Russia’s own top diplomat. Speaking on state television earlier this week, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned NATO countries against sending armaments to Ukraine, suggesting that such support was “pouring oil on the fire” and increasing the risk of confrontation between nuclear powers. “Everyone is reciting incantations that in no case can we allow World War III,” Lavrov said, insisting that Russia in no way wanted to drift down the path of nuclear strife with what he dubbed the Western “proxy” forces battling Russian troops in Ukraine. But he added that the risk was “serious, it is real.” Oh, I see.  The Russian foreign minister says so, while threatening "nucle

A Great Comment

I think, from an article at Daily Kos.   It deals with a guess at the motives behind Vladimir Putin's behavior.  The article transcribes a lecture by Ekaterina Schulman, who is apparently a highly respected Russian political scientist, although I must confess I have never heard of her.  I earnestly recommend that you read this article, which I found frighteningly convincing.  And though she does not mention it in her lecture, to me one of the most frightening parts of the whole thing is that it could be equally applied to Donald Trump and the Republican party as it exists today.  And when you think of the leaders of the two most powerful military forces in the world today both thinking this way, you can get a glimpse of an apocalyptic future which is truly terrifying. I don't recommend things to read very often, but this is one of those times.  Please give it a look.

Things Green Eagle Cares Nothing About

 A. Elon Musk B.  Twitter A+B.  Elon Musk buying Twitter.

Mainstream Press Turns on Ukraine- Chapter 2

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Truth is not stranger than fiction- in the end, they are the same thing. This time, an article from the New Yorker, featuring an interview with John Mearsheimer, essentially promoting the view that, with Russia and Ukraine, might makes right, and besides, it's all our fault anyway.  Here are some excerpts from this piece of trash, along with Green Eagle's usual hostile comments.  And yes, things like this do get the Wingnut Wrapup treatment, because they are just as abominable as any right wing delusion. So here we go.  Where you see Q: and A:, that refers to the interviewer's comments and Mearsheimer's. "what has happened with the passage of time is that we have moved forward to include Ukraine in the west...it includes turning Ukraine into a pro-American liberal democracy, and, from a Russian perspective, this is an existential threat." Which part is an existential threat, being pro-American or being a democracy?  Either way, apparently these things are j

Wingnut Wrapup

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 "Situation Update: Game Over! Trump Won!" Trump won what?  Asshole of the century award?  Anyway, that's what they say.  Before going farther here, I want to add this note:  Anyone who is foolish enough to remember any of the details of my Wingnut Wrapup posts lately, may have noticed that many of the claims below are repeated, week after week after week.  And when they never happen, nobody cares.  They just postpone the date when, for example, Hillary and Fauci are going to be executed, Republicans are going to get all of their taxes back, Trump is going to return at the head of a world-wide military government, and proof of all those thousands of eaten babies is finally going to be published.  I think that it is almost necessary to see this phenomenon play out to realize how little Republicans care about the truth, when it stands in the way of what they want.  And it is not about ignorance; they have all more or less voluntarily regressed emotionally to the state of a