Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Wingnut Wrapup Note

Anyone who cares may have noticed that it has been a while since my last Wingnut Wrapup.  I just want to say that this is not because I have given up on them, or that I haven't been looking at the wingnut sites.  Something very strange is going on in the right wing world.  I'm not sure why, but I'm going to guess that it is likely because even they are stunned by the childish behavior of the monster they elected.  In any event, I've seen a real listlessness over there; an inability to rise to anything close to their normal level of laughable viciousness and delusion.  I'm sure they will recover their hateful mojo soon, and I'll be there to report it, but at the moment, there's just nothing there to take much interest in.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Emergency

Listen, Trump's treatment of the press us abominable.  But really, let's have some perspective on things.

A typical response to his excluding some mainstream press outlets from a briefing, from Dan Rather:

"The time for normalizing, dissembling, and explaining away Donald Trump has long since passed. The barring of respected journalistic outlets from the White House briefing is so far beyond the norms and traditions that have governed this republic for generations, that they must be seen as a real and present threat to our democracy...This is an emergency..."

An emergency.  As, apparently it is not an emergency when Trump acts to steal health care from thirty million people or so, or when he destroys Social Security, casting perhaps fifty million or more people who are too old to work into abject poverty, or when he begins the process of creating a national police force responsible only to him, or when he casts his eyes abroad, obviously looking for a war to start.

None of these things is an "emergency," like the rudeness involved in not inviting the New York Times along to hear more of what we all know will be nothing but lies anyway.

The mainstream press has spent decades playing along with the Republican party as they marched openly toward exactly where we are now.  They apologized for a war of aggression and for torture.  They did everything they could to hide the theft of our national wealth to give to the rich.  They averted their faces while the Republicans forged an electoral coalition built on hatred and greed.  But interfere with their precious access to powerful Republicans, and all of a sudden the country is in an emergency.

So I say this to these guys:  You built this monstrosity, which is going to make tens of millions of Americans suffer, while you keep your high paying jobs pumping out irrelevant, false narratives, and going home on the weekends to Long Island or Nantucket.  It's been decades since we could get the truth from your reporting anyway, so don't expect us to feel that sorry for you when Sean Spicer, someone who you should have never listened to for one second, leaves you out of a briefing.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Shout Them Down! Shut Them Up!

So, our President has now banned the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times (the three best remaining newspapers in the country) and CNN from White House press briefings.

This is an act of such unbridled viciousness, lawlessness and stupidity that it is bizarre even for the traitor who currently lives in the White House.  So why did he do it?

I'm going to make a big prediction here.  I could be dead wrong, and Trump could be even more crazy and out of control than I've given him credit for, but I believe something else is going on here. I am going to predict that, in the next few weeks, we are about to learn things that make it impossible for any rational person to deny that Trump is a willing tool of Putin.  He and his people know this, so there is only one strategy left open to them: to attempt to so discredit the press that, when things really go south, they hope that the people who put him in the White House will simply deny the truth of anything the press reports.  He is maniacally trying to get as many Americans as possible to simply refuse to believe anything negative about him.

As I said, I could be totally wrong here, but this is the only reason I can think of for this sudden massive increase in his attacks on the press.  Well, we will know soon enough.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trump Panics

He's being nice to Jews!

He's being nice to black people!

Is there anyone on earth who thinks that this is how he really feels?

For once, the guy has figured out that he is hanging on to his job by his fingernails, and the crocodiles are waiting below.  It'll last two or three days or so, and then his outrage at being challenged will get the better of him; or at least that's the way that it always has gone before.

We've got the bastard on the run.  Keep digging into him.  It's going to be a fun ride.

And some day soon, some one in the intelligence community, or maybe some Democratic Congressman will be so outraged at what is being hidden from the American people, and they will spill the beans.  Then, good bye Charlie.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ukraine

Traveling today, so I am not going to give this story the attention it deserves until tonight or tomorrow, but this is an explosive development, the significance of which will be ignored as much as possible by the mainstream press.

We learn that agents of Trump, including his personal lawyer, have delivered a proposal to Russia that the current government of Ukraine be removed, in favor of one led by a pro-Russian party created by Russia, which will enter into an agreement allowing Russia to stay in Crimea.  This would, in some perverted reasoning, provide a justification for claiming that there is no reason to maintain the sanctions on Russia which were imposed when it invaded Crimea.

Russia and our absolutely not self-serving Secretary of State Tillerson get their $500 billion dollar deal, Putin gets the big payoff from Trump, and the only losers are the people of Ukraine and the United States.  Winners all around!  Are you tired enough of winning yet?

How much more of this do we need to see before everyone understands that Trump is a traitor in league with a foreign dictator?  And what kind of impossible level of proof will Congressional Republicans demand before getting rid of him?

And how long will this take, while Trump goes on having "campaign rallies" designed to fill his base with such fury and lust for revenge, that removing him really does pose a risk of a right wing bloodbath?

And how many Democratic politicians, some of whom are already demanding an end to impolite talk of impeaching a traitor, will decide that it's just too, too risky to remove this malignant character and all of his minions from the White House?

As I have sagely pointed out before, we are so screwed.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

Tomorrow is a travel day for me, so I thought I'd get this out today.

And off to the races!  What a time we're having; aren't you excited to see how they try to lie their way out of this one?

Donald Trump, President of the United States: "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine."
 Right, Donald.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  " NYT: Trump Aides Had Contact With Russian Intelligence, But No Evidence Of Collusion Found"

If you are a totally brain-dead wingnut.  Otherwise, the evidence is everywhere, Matt.  And Matt gives the whole game away later in his article:

"None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier."

We are talking about pee pee gate here, just to be clear, not high treason.  No evidence for the golden shower story, according to Matt.  The evidence for the rest of it is right in front of your face, but is apparently not important enough to worry about.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Texas AG Files Amicus Brief in Support of Travel Ban"

Whooppee.  The Texas Attorney General would be one Ken Paxton:


"Today's ruling marks an end to Mr. Paxton's almost yearlong attempt to avoid being judged by a jury of his peers. We look forward to going to trial and seeking justice on behalf of the people of Texas," special prosecutor Brian Wice said Wednesday."

Oh, THAT Ken Paxton.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Krauthammer on Flynn: 'This Is a Cover Up Without a Crime'

Well, except for treason.  Other than that, nothing to see here folks.  Why don't we all just move along, and have a couple more hearings about Hillary's e-mails?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "It Is Unclear Whether Flynn Misled White House On a Number of National Security Issues"

Yeah, but not the way that Katie is pretending.  The only thing "unclear" is the smoking gun evidence that Trump was in on the whole thing from the very beginning.  And if you can't see that from the way Trump has treated Russia, you are a fool.  Katie puts it like this:

"On the trust issue and eroding of trust, last night in General Flynn's resignation letter he said he inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information."

Inadvertently..."incomplete" information...if you fall for that, you are one poor excuse for a sentient being.  Anyway, some more Republican speak for "I lied my ass off, and I'm still doing it.  And you can't do a thing about it, sucker."

Streiff, Red State:  "Trump Needs To Either Shutdown the Pro-Obama Leakers Or He Needs To Resign"

Pro-Obama leakers.  Yeah, that's what they are.  It's "pro-Obama" to think the American people have a right to know that there is a traitor in the White House.  Well, he's probably right, because there sure aren't any Republicans that believe that.  Here's a little sample of Streiff's "reasoning:"

"I have no doubt that Kredo is right in linking Ben Rhodes’s merry platoon of Obama fellatistos to the operation. The leaks on Trump’s calls to foreign leaders can only have come from within the so-called (haha) professional staff of the National Security Council... there is zero doubt that a war is underway against the Trump administration and it is being carried out by part of the US government. Yesterday, Eli Lake had a story in which he pointed out that it is illegal for the government to wiretap US citizens without a warrant"

Man, that is just pathetic.  "Fellatistos;" "So-called (ha ha) professional staff of the National Security Council"...Streiff used to be at least somewhat creative in coming up with his Republican alternative truths.  Come on, guy, get it together- cheesy fourth-grade level insults really aren't enough any more.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Report: Obama Loyalists, Led by Ben Rhodes, Orchestrated Flynn Ouster"

Continuing the above theme.  I BLAME OBAMA!!!!  Boy, it's going to be tough to get them to abandon that one.  No word, by the way, on the way Republicans openly and proudly orchestrated their endless attempts to destroy Obama.


And I bet you didn't know this:

PJ Media:  "'People in America Are Getting Tired of the 24/7 Pile-On' of Trump"

Are you kidding me?  This is the greatest thing since Snakes on a Plane came out.

Ryan Saavedra, Gateway Pundit:  "Los Angeles Driver PLOWS THROUGH Pipeline Protest...
On Wednesday, pipeline protesters standing in the streets of Los Angeles were greeted by a driver who was determined to get to his destination. The driver made it through the protest line by driving straight through the mob, literally."

The mob:


How frightening!  A mob!  A mob of, apparently, sixteen people, standing still and holding signs. The liberals have destroyed democracy forever!!!!  Ryan continues:

"If you watch closely towards the end of the video it appears a person in a yellow shirt reaches into the car and starts to throw punches at the driver."

Abominable!  Someone tried to stop a right wing loon from running down innocent people! And if he actually had run them down?  Hey, nothing wrong with that.

Is there anyone out there who can't see where this licensing of violence on the right will take us?

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "College Students Wear White Pins to Remind Themselves of 'White Privilege'

The horror.  Maybe we need some wingnut driver to run them down too.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump GOES OFF on Intelligence Community After Continued Leaks By Far Left Agents"

Far left agents, who you can clearly identify because they told the truth- an irrefutable sign.  If that doesn't immediately mark them as far left, I don't know what would.  And by the way, the intelligence community is so well know for being filled with "far left agents," right?

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "The left's campaign to "Bush" Trump will fail"

Sorry, Lloyd.  It's already gone way beyond that, and he has only been in office four weeks yet.  Deal with the real world for once.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Why is anyone going along with the 9th Circuit COA's illegal ruling?"

Ignore the courts.  Sher becomes one more rooter for dictatorship- the exact thing she has been screaming about Obama being up to for eight years.

And now a rather lengthy passage from an article revealing just how deeply Republicans have to sink into delusion, in order to lie away Trump's treason:

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "Explosive new hacking scandal has Democrats' fingerprints...Remember the hue and cry raised by Democrats over the “Russians” hacking their computer systems during the 2016 presidential election?

How there should be investigations? How someone – a Republican – must be at fault? How whatever interaction Donald Trump ever had with Russia was viewed suspiciously?

And now there are Democrats’ attacks on Trump over Michael Flynn, his national security adviser who was forced to resign this week over conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Investigate, they demand. Not just Flynn, but Trump, too.

Yet the Democrats are mum over their own explosive hacking scandal, which could overshadow Watergate, Filegate, Travelgate and dozens of other Washington scandals.

The allegation is that Democrats hired tech staffers who were Pakistani nationals, and they likely gained illegal access to secret congressional information."

No sense getting too caught up in this nonsense too deeply; let me just point out that, first of all, when a Republican says that someone " likely gained illegal access to secret congressional information," that means that they have exactly zero evidence that any such thing ever happened, and secondly let me tell you (and you will not be surprised at this) that the article does not mention one source for this information.  "DEMOCRAT HACKING SCANDAL!!!!!"

Oh, and let's not move on here before pointing out that in the Democratic Russian hacking "scandal," the Democrats were the victims; in the Trump scandal, the Trump people are the criminals.  That is a subtle distinction that Bob failed to notice, for some reason.

And more from Bob.  Man, he's on fire today!

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "EMERGENCY HEARING SOUGHT TO STOP NSA 'SPYING' ON TRUMP...'Our own gov't has committed biggest violation of constitutional rights in history'

And who is seeking this emergency heareing?

"Attorney Larry Klayman, the chief of Freedom Watch, is asking a federal court to hold an emergency hearing on the NSA and “likely” CIA “spying” on President Donald Trump."

Larry Klayman.  I guess he's got a lot of free time on his hands, now that he is not trying to organize a mob of two million people, to break into the White House and lynch Barack Obama.  That, of course, would not be a violation of Constitutional rights, just an expression of the righteous anger of real Americans at the idea of, well, you know what, in the White House.

Ron Jager, American Thinker:  "Trump-Hatred of Sanctimonious Jews Empowering Anti-Semites"

It's the Jews' fault that right wing savages hate them.  Not really a new argument.  They used that one somewhere before.  Let me try to remember where...

Andrew Solomon, American Thinker:  "Trump's new strategy: Hulk smash...We are in a street fight.  No more apologies.  It's war.  It's time to smash the opposition."

Hey, that is consistent with American values, right?  Andrew explains the details of his proposal:

"Trump's policy should be simple.  If the Deep State's Obama leftovers and their rejects take out a Flynn using felonious actions via illegal leaks, replace him with a Navy SEAL.  If they take out the SEAL, go get a shovel and dig up General Patton's dead body and slam him into place."

Okay, I mean, that should work.  And if that doesn't work, maybe the Russians would be so generous as to loan us Hitler's skull.

E. Jeffrey Ludwig, American Thinker:  "Democrats fear Trump's success with Russia"

You mean we fear Trump's ongoing sellout of the country to the Russian dictator?  You bet we do. Got a problem with that, E. Jeffrey?

Christian Datoc, Daily Caller:  "Trump: ‘This Country Was Seriously Divided Before I Got Here’

Well, at least we aren't divided any more, Donald.  We all hate you.

True Pundit:  "VIDEO: President Trump Crushes Mainstream Media; Our Country’s Military Strategy is None of Your Business"

Huh.  No need to comment on that one.

And this horrible news:

Freedom Daily:  "MANHUNT: Trump’s Motorcade Just Came Under Direct Attack From Assailants Yelling Death Threats... Eyewitnesses to the frightening attack said that the protesters were yelling death threats, using crass language, and were about the age of middle school children."

Crass Language!  Middle school children!

And of course, who is behind it all?

"I lay this entirely at the feet of Obama."

Now he's getting middle school chidren to use crass language.  Will the outrages never stop?

S. White, Freedom Daily:  "ITS BEGINNING: Free Tuition, Free Housing And No Fees, Including Former Inmates… If Your Skin Is This Color!"

No need to let you know what color they are talking about.  Anyway, what an outrage, spending government money on sending poor kids to college, when it could go to subsidize coal companies, or just get stuffed into the pockets of the Koch brothers, where it rightfully belongs.  But don't worry, America, this diabolical plot isn't even really happening; it was only proposed by a few students at one university.  But better get ready.  The horror of black kids in college could become a reality any day now.

Marr, Freedom Daily:  "Look What Trump Was Just Caught Doing In The White House That Hasn’t Been Seen In DECADES!"

Getting peed upon by Russian prostitutes?

Prissy Holly, Freedom Daily:  "HOLY CRAP! Ted Cruz Just WRECKED The Lives Of MILLIONS Of Muslims"

Wrecked the lives of millions.  And right wingers are really proud of him for doing it.  Thank heaven, of course, that Ted didn't do any such thing.  He just made some more belligerent threats.  But still, it's interesting to hear from people who would be really happy if that had happened.

And let's just go out with this:

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Media hysteria in week three of Trump presidency leaves little room for escalation...What’s left for next week?  Denouncing President Trump and his family as shape-shifting aliens?"

Let's not forget that right wingers have spent years accusing the Clintons and Obama of being exactly that.
 One of a series of pictures proving that Hillary is a lizard person.

And here is Obama shapeshifting right before our eyes, in an ABSOLUTELY NOT PHOTOSHOPPED picture.

Oh God, can it get any worse?*





*Yes it can.  Sorry about that.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rally

I listened to a few minutes of Trump's speech at his Nuremberg rally down in Florida today.  It is virtually an endless succession of lies, except when he promised to do things that benefit the rich, like doing away with regulations against oil and coal companies or unilaterally violating existing trade agreements.  Just every single Trump lie, one after another.

Well, what do you expect?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Vacation Time!

Hey, I guess it doesn't mean very much, but Donald Trump is not only taking his third weekend vacation in three weeks, but this time, by virtue of giving a few minutes' speech about two miles from the airport in Charleston, he's managing to expand to a three day weekend.

Things That Must Happen

The people who have seen the real evidence of what Trump and his toadies have been up to with Putin, which includes a large number of intelligence officers, and many members of Congress, are faced with a painful dilemma.  On the one hand, revealing this information to the public will be treated as a monstrous crime, for which they will be savaged.  On the other hand, their clear duty to the Constitution, and any concern they have over the survival of our country, demand that what they know be made public.

At some point, we are going to need a Daniel Ellsberg, who was initially charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property, for revealing information which every American needed to know about the conduct of the Vietnam war.  As the monstrous nature of what he revealed dawned on people, the charges were dropped, but that does not mean that the far more corrupt Republican party we have today will have the same concern about the horrors perpetrated by their own members, and far more taste for revenge on anyone who reveals them for who they are.  That is why I have suggested that these revelations should come from all of the Democrats in Congress acting in concert. It would be an interesting spectacle to see the Republicans, faced with clear evidence of their own treason, to try to charge the entire Democratic congressional delegation with the same crime for alerting the American people to the danger.

In any event, the information must be revealed.  And along with it, the other key part of this puzzle, Trump's tax returns, must also be made public. The truth is absolutely the only thing that can save us from a horror at the hands of those who are trying to destroy democratic government in this country; despite their insane incompetence at actually doing their jobs, have already moved a good way toward reaching that goal.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Silver Lining

In a very dark cloud:

I think that the utter, brain-dead fools who make up the Republican base were going to go on for eternity, denying what was obvious to anyone who can put two thoughts together.  Maybe the only way to put a stop to it all was to let them have exactly the government they have been screaming for, and let them see what would happen.

They didn't even get it when their halfway lunatic Republican Bush government brought them a three trillion dollar war of aggression and (but for the grace of Barack Obama) a massive depression.  Well, this time they went whole hog.

And let's give a big thank you to Donald Trump, who showed the world in just four weeks what Conservative government is all about.  This way, we won't have to wait four years to return to sanity; or twelve years and fifty million deaths, as was the case with the Nazis.

Another Party Heard From

So, here is a really nice picture of Michael Flynn having dinner with Vladimir Putin in Moscow:

But wait!  Look at the bottom right of this photo.  Is that... no, it couldn't be, could it?  Why yes it is!  It's that famous progressive and paragon of morality, that just couldn't stomach having Hillary as President, Jill Stein!

I think that, as cynical as we have become, we really need to take stock of just how surrounded we are with traitors, and just how many strings Putin was pulling in the last election.  Was even the supposedly left wing candidacy of Jill Stein a Russian/Republican dirty trick?  How screwed are we?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Events In Our Future?

I want to write briefly about two aspects of the current Trump nightmare that I have not seen discussed, or at least two predictions of where this may lead us.

First, consider this:  The Trump administration has now reached a point of no return.  The damage they have done to themselves will never be fully healed, even if somehow they hold on to power.  No matter what happens from here out, there are massive numbers of Americans who will never trust them, and (legitimately so) will never give them the benefit of the doubt.  It took them only four weeks to go from the normal honeymoon to this abysmal position.

Well, okay, but here's the problem: one more incident like the several we have already seen, and they will be wounded beyond cure.  At that point, there is exactly one thing, and only one thing that could keep Trump in power: a war.  So, we need to be vigilant for any signs that they are preparing for war, which in this case will not consist of military readiness, but in fomenting hatred among the American people, toward another country.  They have already been sending up trial balloons about war with Mexico, Iran, North Korea and even China.  They are looking for what they can get away with, and we must instantly be ready to stop them.

Now, my other comment has to do with behind-the-scenes Republican power grubbing.  I'm sure that most of the people who read my blog agree with my belief that it is nonsense to think that Mike Pence was really as out of the loop as he is now pretending to be.  So, if Trump's impeachment starts to look like a possibility, we are going to see a real war among Republicans.

On the one side will be Paul Ryan and his minions.  Ryan will obviously want to see Pence destroyed along with Trump, because that will make him President.  He can't do anything openly, because he has always done his dirty work behind the scenes, and then played the reluctant hero.  On the other side will be all of the rest of the Republican 2020 hopefuls and their fellow travelers. They know that if Ryan squeezes his way into the White House, their chances in 2020 will evaporate, so they will do everything they can to see to it that Pence is protected.

This could be one of the most interesting political knife fights in history, and a great undercard to the Trump impeachment.