Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shithole Countries

I actually don't think a word of comment about this incident is necessary.  Let's just not forget that it happened today.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Liberal Delusion Of The Day

From the normally rational Digby:

"The released transcript of Simpson's testimony contains a good deal of interesting information, all of which will be gone over with a fine-toothed comb in the press."

Ha ha.  Whatever on the face of the earth could make you think that, Digby?  I mean, the long existence of your blog proves you weren't born yesterday.

In fact, it's only a day later, and this smoking gun proof of massive treason by the White House, and a concerted effort by Congressional Republicans to destroy the evidence, something that would have once rightly been regarded as the worst political crime in our nation's history, has almost vanished from press coverage.  Instead, the press is devoting itself to hailing the President's one hour phony televised meeting yesterday, as a masterpiece of governing, and can't shut up about how great he is.

The mainstream media don't care any more about treason than the Republican commit, because at this point, the media and the Republican party are two facets of the same thing- a forty year long campaign by a few hundred rich sociopaths to turn our country from a very imperfect democracy into a fascist oligarchy.  They're almost there, and even clear, unquestioned evidence of treason isn't enough to slow them down for more than a few hours at this point.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bannon and Breitbart

So the press is just full of the news that Bannon has left Breitbart.  What does it mean?  What does it portend?  And as usual, the result, at least on the talk shows this afternoon, emanates from an utter lack of comprehension of the subject, coupled with the kind of knee-jerk inside the beltway answers that are all we can ever expect from the mainstream press.

People who read this blog know that I have read Breitbart, along with most of the other major right wing websites, on an essentially daily basis for over a decade now.  And based on this experience, let me tell you that Steve Bannon was terrible for Breitbart.

The day that Bannon seized on the notion that he could turn himself into a mainstream political power, he began systematically watering down the belligerence and the extreme views that gave Breitbart whatever appeal it ever had, both to its true-believer followers and to, shall we say, connoisseurs of lunacy such as Green Eagle.  I found myself incorporating fewer and fewer things from Breitbart in my Wingnut Wrapup posts, because, in truth, it had become boring.  By the end, I hardly ever found anything in Breitbart worth repeating.

Bannon sacrificed whatever it was that Breitbart had to offer in order to advance his own political fortunes, forgetting the most basic fact of right wing politics: no matter how dirty a game you play, there are always plenty ready to play a dirtier game than you, particularly at that end of the political spectrum.  Under Bannon's stewardship, the blog was doomed to slip beneath the surface of the swamp, drowned by a hundred other blogs not encumbered with Bannon's new-found self interest.  Getting rid of him can only be good for Breitbart.  I suspect that the owners of the blog have known this for a long time, and would have been glad to have an excuse to rid themselves of their jacked-up henchman long before this.  Well, they moved when they had the chance, and I doubt that it had anything to do with Trump or the Republicans or anything else except trying to rescue the brand, into which they have sunk tens of millions of dollars, from the ignominy of only being 95% crazy, and therefore of no interest to the wingnuts of this world.

It will be interesting to see what direction Breitbart takes, now that they have rid themselves of this guy.


Haven't these fucking morons learned anything? 

Oh well, it seems obvious that this particular piece of insanity is subsiding already, praise the lord.

The Most Unlikely to be Accepted Counter-Offer of All Time

In response to indications that Mueller is going to require an interview with Donald Trump, the White House has offered to provide Mueller with a letter from Trump personally attesting that he has never broken any laws of any kind.

I kid you not.  That's their offer.  Well, that should pretty much set everything straight, right?

I just want to say something that I have believed for months now:  The Republicans in the White House and Congress are never going to allow the actual record of Trump's behavior made public.  Instead they are going to hide the testimony from Fusion GPS, and "leak," or to speak plainly, lie in public about what came out at that testimony, which they have already done on numerous occasions.  The people in the White House, up to their necks in treason, are of course going to lie every chance they get.  And as we know damned well, the minute Muller really gets close to releasing his results, he is going to be terminated, possibly with a bullet to the back of his head, and replaced by a corrupt Republican toady with no more interest in having the truth come out than Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell.

The only chance we have of learning the truth at this point is for Muller or someone in his investigation, and either Fusion GPS or the Democrats in Congress to say, "to hell with Republican misuse of security law to hide their treason," and release all of this information.  The right of the American people to know clearly that one of their two supposed political parties is a traitorous criminal cabal working to destroy our government, is overwhelmingly more important that the mangling of security law to hide Republican criminality, but we are likely never to know the truth unless someone, or preferably multiple people, stand up and refuse to be intimidated by the jackboot behavior of the Republican party.

Like This:  Diane Feinstein is hardly my favorite Democrat- I have been more than suspicious of her since living in San Francisco in the 1970's- but she did the right thing this time by unilaterally releasing transcripts of the Fusion GPS hearings in Congress, which Republicans refused to release, while lying endlessly about them.  Feinstein, in an amazingly forthright comment, said:

"After speaking with majority and minority committee staff for 10 hours, Glenn Simpson requested the transcript of his interview be released publicly. The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves,” said Senator Feinstein. “The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public."

Democrats:  More of this, please.  A lot more, and soon, too.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, they're still here, and so is Green Eagle.  Which one of those facts is a worse portent for the future of the country, I leave to you to decide.

I want to start out with the most monumental act of self-delusion that any Trump supporter ever thought of, and that is quite a feat:

Liz Crokin:  "Mueller & President Trump are Pulling the Biggest Sting in History...Trump’s famous “because you’d be in jail” line is constantly rotated throughout the Internet via memes and videos on social media to this day; however, what many seem to have forgotten is the first part of Trump’s statement: he promised to assign a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s crimes. 

Fast forward to May 16, President Trump is now in the White House and meets with Robert Mueller...Trump was finalizing his decision to appoint Mueller as his special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.  The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct an investigation including “any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” 

Trump did not collude with Russia. The left and the media have carried that narrative based off of lies and a fake dossier. Trump allowed them to carry their false narrative because he knew he was innocent and that the investigation would eventually turn to the real parties who colluded with Russia...the Clintons.  Mueller was hired to investigate Clinton, period."

Trump and Mueller are cooking up a gigantic scam to catch Hillary.  Yep, that is what is going on.  The indictments and guilty pleas against Trump's staff?  Just part of the joke, I guess.  As the evidence against Trump becomes more and more conclusive, the absolute insanity is becoming greater and greater.  God knows what will come next.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "CNN Host: Do Trump's 'Threatening' North Korea Tweets Violate Twitter's Terms of Service?"

Because the worst thing about threatening to start a nuclear war to save your own traitorous ass is whether you said too much on twitter.  I mean, is pushing the world closer to nuclear annihilation a misuse of Twitter?  Let's discuss that for a few weeks while this deranged jackass carries on wrecking the country.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Conway: Listen Carefully, Democrats. There Will Be No DACA Deal Without the Wall."

Shutdown, here we come.

Ben Shapiro, Town Hall:  "America's Left in the Grip of Insanity"

I tried to read this, I really did.  But in the end, I just couldn't be bothered by the opinions of the nation's slimiest little twerp.  I hope that's okay with you.

And now the (I hope) monster lie of the day:

Walter Williams:  "The most often stated cause of the Great Depression is the October 1929 stock market crash. Little is further from the truth."

No, the real cause of the Great Depression was every thing Democrats ever did in their entire history.  The fact that the Depression came right after the Stock Market crash, after a decade of Republican control of the economy, in which they deliberately steered every increase in wealth to the very top, and the economy almost immediately started to recover as soon as Democrats took over?  A mere fiction. 

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "The View on Iran Protests: We're On The Verge Of Stoning Gays Here, You Know"

Well, hate to break it to you, but if you guys stay in charge, that will be coming in a couple of years.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Trump Just Put Kim Jong Un In His Place on Nuclear Threat"

By bragging about the size of his penis?  Yeah, that was a real high point in the history of Presidential diplomacy.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "SHOTS FIRED! The White House Responds to Bannon Quotes From New Book...You had to know Trump wasn’t going to let this pass."

Of course not. Not Trump.  He's too deranged and filled with hatred to do that.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "5 Things to Know About the Iran Protests and How Badly the Liberal Media Botched the Story"

Mainly that the "liberal media" did not use the story to justify Donald Trump's starting a war to make it impossible to hold him responsible for his treason.  I mean, that's what the media is for, right, covering up Republicans' crimes?

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Iran's IRGC Commander Blames Hillary Clinton for Creating 'Riot and Anarchy' Protests"

Hey, something else they agree with Donald Trump about.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "President Trump Takes Credit for Zero Commercial Jet Deaths, No Hijackings, in 2017...A major safety victory — and a win in the war on terror?"

No word on whether he is taking credit for the zero commercial jet deaths and no hijackings in the US for the last seven years of the Obama administration, or whether he is also taking credit for the fact that 2017 was the safest year in history for worldwide air travel.

Lucian Wintrich, Gateway Pundit:  "Analysis: Is The MSM To Blame For Current Trump / Bannon Conflict?"

Huh?  Well, to judge from the article, that is not certain, but what we do know is that not one shred of this is Donald Trump's fault for hiring this drunken, racist hatemonger in the first place.

Gateway Pundit:  "Wake Up to the French Toast of Your Dreams"

Listed here as the first story at Gateway Pundit in years that has a shred of a chance of being true.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Chelsea Clinton Denies Worshiping Satan"

I mean, the story was out there, so it would have been wrong to ignore it, right?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: Fire Reported at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua Home – Burning the Evidence?"

Evidence of what?  That, Christina has no word on.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Freedom-loving Americans must support brave Bundys"

Well, okay, but I don't even know if they are still showing reruns of this any more.

Washington Times:  "Trump tweets condolences to victims of Colorado shooting: 'We love our police'

Notice that there is not a word from the Washington Times or Trump himself, concerning the fact that the shooter was a right wing Aryan Supremacist.  They have also been pretty silent about the Aryan Supremacist, one of the "good people" who participated in the Nazi riot in Charlottesville, who was just arrested trying to wreck a train.

World Net Daily:  "Study: Young male refugees fueling violence in…"

Candy stores?  Bear cages?  Who knows?

World Net Daily:  "Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than…"

Puppies?  Just guessing.  No chance of a law like that passing in this country, of course.  Socialism!  Okay, okay, here's the picture.
Satisfied now?

Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker:  "NeverTrumps Renamed: AlwaysDemocrats"

Probably true, since there does not seem to be a Republican on earth that will actually stand up against this corrupt, hate filled traitor.

Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Would Iranians really bring back the Shah?"

Probably not, given as how he has been dead for decades, and would consequently be only a slightly better national leader than Trump.  And if you need another reason, he was one of the most brutal dictators of the twentieth century, whose secret police were responsible for the torture and death of at least 20,000 people.  People in the United States, which propped him up with arms and money until it took a pack of religious fanatics with foreign funding to get rid of him, have forgotten all about that, but believe me, the people in Iran still remember.

John Washington, American Thinker:  "Now Baltimore activists want the police back"

Surprise!  Decent people want good police, but they are unhappy with pack of racist murderers in uniform.  Who would have ever thought that?

Breitbart:  "Trump Supporters Protest DACA Amnesty Outside Democrat Lawmaker’s Office"

All twelve of them, apparently:

"A new poll by Pulse Opinion Research shows overwhelming support among Americans for eliminating the Visa Lottery, with 60 percent saying the program should be ended."

A new poll, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research.  Pulse Opinion Research is a name lately being used by Rasmussen, a right wing propaganda factory disguised as a polling company, which specializes in producing "polls" that show Republicans ahead in everything.  I guess too many people have caught on, thus the new fake name.  Green Eagle will be watching these guys.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Underestimating Trump Supporters"

Well, don't worry too much, David.  There are at least two things we are never going to underestimate about Trump supporters:  their intelligence and their decency.  It isn't possible to underestimate those.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Has President Trump Lost His Mind or Has CNN Lost Its Bearings?"

CNN and every other sentient person in the world.  I go with Trump losing his mind.

Jonah Goldberg,  Town Hall:  "'Fire and Fury' Is Much Ado About Nothing New"

A couple of days ago, while I was cooking, I saw the idiot Chuck Todd allow George Will to come on his show and insist at great length this same thing, so I assume it is a current Republican line:  "Hey, we all knew all along that Trump was a stupid, belligerent, ignorant crook, so there's no news here, and we need to just forget about it."  Sorry, George and Jonah, at this point, we're mainly in it for the laughs, and so far, it's a joke that never grows old.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "Don't Dance on Bannon's Grave Yet"

No, ma'am.  I'm waiting until he's in it.

Streiff, Red State:  "Senate Judiciary Committee Sends a Criminal Referral to Dept. of Justice That Will Shock You"

That would be a "criminal referral" to pursue charges against Christopher Steele, the author of the Steele Dossier. Talk about trying to kill the messenger.  Two things to note here:  first, the accusation: that Steele somehow misled Congress about which reporters he talked to.  The Republican Senators seem to be absolutely uninterested in the substance of his evidence of Trump's treason.  And second, if you are curious about what a "criminal referral" is, it isn't anything.  It's a letter to the Justice department asking them to investigate someone for something.  It has no legal standing, and it could have as easily come from me or you as from Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham. 

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "“Green” Northeast Resorted To Burning Oil To Generate Electricity As Temperatures Plunged Last Week"

GIGANTIC SCANDAL!!!!   In the worst cold snap in decades, some States actually had to supplement their current capacity to generate renewable energy with oil.  Of course, this couldn't possibly be due to endless Republican sabotage of efforts to move to renewable sources of energy, or to Republicans seeing to it that global warming and the accompanying temperature instability get worse and worse every year.  No, it's because of...something bad that liberals did. We don't know what, but that must be the answer.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Stunning...In President Trump’s first year in office the goods producing jobs – construction, manufacturing, etc. – were up 600% over the previous year."

Amazing.  Here, in case you are interested is an actual chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Actual job growth (I assume that's what this idiot is talking about; I doubt even he is a big enough liar to claim that there are six times as many jobs as there were a year ago:) 1.59%, or approximately 1/377th of what Jim claimed.  Close enough for Republicans.

And close enough to the end for Green Eagle.  See you soon (unfortunately for both of us.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

The CEO President

Man, if there is anything good that comes out of the Trump nightmare, at least let it be that we never again have to hear Republicans' endless yearning for the "CEO President," the guy who is going to run the country the way he runs his business, and won't that be great?

What is a CEO, after all?  He wasn't elected by his employees, that's for sure, and he doesn't make decisions on the basis of what is good for them.  He does what is good for himself, and a few of his rich corporate buddies, and if the employees don't like it, they can get the hell out.  They have zero say in how he runs the company or who benefits from it.  The company exists for his benefit and that of his fellow owners, and not one single other person on earth.

In brief, the kind of national leader that is like a CEO is a dictator.  Being a CEO is training to run a dictatorship, not a democratic country, and I hope at this point that is bloody obvious to everyone.  If you want to live in  dictatorship, hire a CEO and tell him to do his thing, which is in fact what the Republican leadership does want, but a large part of their stupid base seems to be still oblivious to that fact.  Being a CEO is great if your whole goal in life is to enrich yourself as much as possible at the expense of everyone else, but running our country is supposed to be about a little more than that.

Isn't it?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

And Here We Go

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'" Trump tweeted. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"- President of the United States Donald Trump

And his party, which represents the only possibility of stopping this literal madness, will do nothing, because they are, every single one of them, as crazed and treasonous as he is.  Whoopee, here we go!

Monday, January 1, 2018


"My hates have always occupied my mind much more actively and have given greater spiritual satisfactions than my friendships."- Westbrook Pegler

This post is intended to be the first in a short series covering the careers of several twentieth century Conservative opinion leaders.  I am writing this because of the dangerous notion that the miserable state of the Republican party today is the product of the cleverness of Donald Trump, or of the current generation of Republican leaders, such as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, or even of recent Republican demagogues like Newt Gingrich or Ronald Reagan.  In fact the miserable excuse for an ideology that defines modern Conservatism has been building for at least a century in this country, and at this point cannot be rooted out without destroying the Republican party and its leaders.

My choice for the first article is one Westbrook Pegler, who was the first columnist in the country to win the Pulitzer prize, and was a massively influential character from the 1930's until his mental dissolution and degeneration into pure anti-Semitic hatred in the 1960's.
Westbrook Pegler

Pegler was born in 1894.  His father was a semi-successful reporter.  He was the youngest American war correspondent during World War I.  After the war, he was initially employed as a sports writer but within a few years had transformed into a political reporter and then a columnist.  Initially a fan of FDR, he quickly morphed during the New deal, like such other figures as Father Charles Coughlin, into an anti-Democrat hate spewer. As described by Diane McWhorter in a 2004 Slate article:

"At his peak in the 1930s and 1940s, Pegler was a leading popularizer of one of the most concerted antidemocratic crusades in this country's history: the vicious backlash against the New Deal and the labor movement to which it gave legal protection. This anti-Roosevelt front included the country's major industrialists, anti-Semitic, red-baiting pamphleteers, Congressman Martin Dies' Committee on Un-American Activities, and an assortment of Depression-era demagogues (and men...who conspired with Hitler's agents in this country)...he quickly became a shrill cheerleader for the right's campaign to paint the New Deal's democratic advances as an internationalist Communist plot."

Of course, this is nothing but an early version of exactly the line pushed by Republicans today.

As his Wikipedia page says:

"In the 1950s and 1960s, as Pegler's conservative views became more extreme and his writing increasingly shrill, he earned the tag of "the stuck whistle of journalism."  He denounced the civil rights movement and in the early 1960s wrote for the John Birch Society, until he was invited to leave because of his extreme views. (note: mainly extreme anti-Semitism.)"

 A cartoon showing Pegler rooting out union corruption.  It was catching a crooked union leader that initially led to his widespread popularity, but this rapidly morphed into a virulent hatred of unions which has typified Republican thought ever since.

By the fifties, this had reached the point that Pegler openly stated:

"clearly the bounden duty of all intelligent Americans to proclaim and practice bigotry"; his embrace of the label racist, "a common but false synonym for Nazi, used by the bigots of New York"; or his habit of calling Jews "geese," because they hiss when they talk, gulp down everything before them, and foul everything in their wake."

This sort of talk was not enough, however, to prevent the leading Conservative "intellectual" of the era, the still revered William F. Buckley, from championing Pegler and his views.

To quote one more article, by J. C. Sharlet, in the Baffler, from 1999

"Pegler didn’t seem to have any politics; all he had was rage.  From the Depression through the Cold War, he tilted at suspects familiar to Rush Limbaugh’s fans: foreign subversives, swindling politicians, the First Lady, corrupt union bosses, the elite, the effete, and, of course, homosexuals. 

Pegler carried on his campaigns in the name of one particular “little guy” known as George Spelvin, American.  Pegler’s Spelvin...was an early Archie Bunker. Union men, uppity women, swells, bubbleheads, and eventually foreigners, blacks, and Jews all gave Spelvin a stomachache."

A brief bit of film of Pegler

The same enemies, and the same overwhelming rage, subsuming all reason, as we see today from Republicans. I will deal with several more such characters in future parts of this series, but even in the person of this one popular character can be seen everything (except possibly the open, sneering corruption) that characterizes the current Republican party.  That is why it is so important to understand that destroying Trump, or taking back Congress and ridding ourselves of the miserable Republican leadership that currently calls the shots in our country, as desirable as that would be, will not address a problem that has been the deliberate creation of a century's evil work.  The Republican party itself, in its totality, is an invasive and deadly intrusion into our country, that has been at work for a century to destroy us, and it is only in its eradication that we can hope to find salvation.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, it's back.  Green Eagle obviously has too much time on his hands.

Let's start the new year off with ...well, with a useless pile of right wing garbage.  What else would you expect from Green Eagle?

Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "Ted Cruz Calls Out CNN's 'Iranian Pravda'

Managing in two words to accuse the media of being both Communists and Islamists, without having a shred of meaning or evidence.  Perfect right wing speech, and a perfect reason that Ted Cruz is the ideal right wing leader.

Arthur Schaper, Town Hall:  "Mr. President: No DACA, Build The Wall, or No Deal at All!"

No deal at all...evil or nothing.  Should be the Republican motto.

Jeff Crouere, Town Hall:  "Trump Still Standing Despite Media Onslaught"

Republicans are actually proud of the fact that their party, which is the only thing that can do anything about Trump, is just as corrupt as he is.  And what are you going to do about it, huh, buddy?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "The State Department Has Released Huma Abedin’s Emails From Anthony Weiner’s Laptop"

No phony scandal will ever be allowed to die.  Katie fails to uncover a single thing in these e-mails, most of which were already public, that does anything to support their lies about Hillary, but who cares?  She sure doesn't.

Avner Zarmi, PJ Media:  "Why Are Accused Sexual Harassers Overwhelmingly on the Left?"

Because right wing women get beaten harder if they fight back?  Avner's claim is, of course, a lie, but I'm sure I hardly needed to mention that.

Raymond Ibrahim, PJ Media:  "Media Is Still Portraying Islamic Terrorists as ‘Aggrieved’ Victims"

I won't bother to deal with this in detail, as we all know it's a lie.  Of course, let's not forget that the wingnut media regularly portrays Christian terrorists like the Bundys as not only victims but as heroes.

And how about some right wing "humor," to break things up here?

Man, they are a funny bunch.  Another taste?
It's hard to understand why these guys don't get more jobs writing sitcoms, huh?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Trump Crushes Obama in First Year Debt Totals"

Jim forgets that Obama got left an economy by the Republicans, that was on the edge of depression with 800,000 job losses a month, while Obama left Trump 75 straight months of job growth, a stock market that had tripled in value and a deficit reduced by 2/3rds.  I guess that just slipped his mind.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "This is Serious=> Fired FBI Director Comey’s Criminal Actions Could Put Him in Prison"

The lies...they burn...Oh well, at least Comey is doing better than the Podesta brothers:

Before it's News:  "Podesta Brothers Arrested, Tony Podesta Is in Gitmo"

Bet you missed that news too, huh?  Of course, that is just the beginning:

"How about all those involved with the Clinton Foundation or Podesta Group, Uranium One, Russia, campaign financing schemes, election rigging, corrupt FBI/CIA, Obama’s ATF gun running to terrorists via the Mexican Cartel, pedophile rings around the world….and the icing on-the-cake, the attempted coup to assassinate President Trump?"

AND the shortage of Christmas trees this year!  I didn't notice any shortage of Happy Holidays trees, or Chanukah bushes, or Ramadan weeds.  The war on Christians continues!

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Suspected Leaker Adam Schiff Triggered After Trump Says He Has “Absolute Right” To Do What He Wants With the Justice Department"

Forget about the bullshit "suspected leaker" part- man, they are getting some use out of that word "triggered," which apparently occurs whenever a decent human being feels any emotion at all about the corruption, treason and criminality of the Trump administration.

Lucian Windrich, Gateway Pundit:  "Daily Mail Calls Gateway Pundit “Extremist” News Source"

How utterly preposterous of them.  What sane person would ever call Gateway Pundit a "news source?"

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "Are Christmas and Jesus "fake news"?"

I'll tell you what's fake news:  Jesus cared about homosexuality, evolution and abortion, while not giving a damn about the poor, the sick or the strangers among us.  That's fake news.  Deal with it, assholes.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Thanking Trump has gone viral"

If by that, Joseph, you mean that thanking Trump is a disease, I agree with you.

Ed Straker, American Thinker:  "Does anyone who applies for asylum truly need it anymore?"

Fuck those furriners. 

"Once upon a time, people who applied for asylum in America came from communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe or the Soviet Union and often had legitimate reasons for fleeing...Unfortunately, asylum means something very different today."

See, it used to be that right wingers could use asylum seekers as pawns in their great crusade against Communism. Now that asylum seekers are mainly fleeing right wing dictators and religious fanatics just like the wingnuts, it's time to put a boot in their faces.


She beat Ivanka!  At this rate, by next year she will beat Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Ann Coulter!  What a woman!  Wouldn't it be a little more impressive if she could beat a Democratic woman?

James Delingpole, Breitbart:  "30 Trillion Reasons Why the Green Blob Must Die in 2018"

Oh God, no, is he talking about Green Eagle?  At last count, Green Eagle could only come up with a few hundred million reasons why he should disappear...oh wait, thank heaven, he was talking about killing off all the people that believe in global warming, so everyone else can get about the business of destroying all life on earth without having to be distracted by those liberal naysayers who think that isn't a good idea.

John Xenakis, Breitbart:  "World View: With Islamic State Collapsing, U.S. Forces Will Remain in Syria to Restore ‘Normalcy’

"Normalcy," which is, apparently, life under a brutal dictator who has already precipitated the deaths of half a million people and who is in league with Vladimir Putin.  Of course, nothing wrong with that, right?

And now, a picture of a piece of clothing for sale today at Breitbart:

Just their sort of thing, I guess.  Just put a Confederate flag patch on that, and it will be perfect.

Newsmax:  "Viagra Obsolete: New Replacement Cheaper Safer Faster"

Just in case you wonder what kind of people read these wingnut sites.

Your News Wire:  "Millions Of Iranians Reject Deep State Amid Mass Uprising"

Millions of Iranians, rising up against a fantasy cooked up by the Republican party!  Man, they're more pathetic than Americans.

And if you are still confused about the relationship between these sites and the truth, try this one:

Your News Wire:  "Science Proves Bald Men Are ‘More Attractive To Women’

Right.  And toads are even more attractive to women than men.  Right wing men,anyway.

Baxter Dmitry, Your News Wire:  "3 Attorneys Found Dead In Wasserman Schultz Florida District In 2 Weeks"

No sign that any of them had a thing to do with Debbie.  Still, probably the safe thing to do to throw her in prison before she kills again.

And now, let's go out with a couple of posts from Before It's News, my favorite source of late, as it perfectly predicts what every wingnut will believe absolutely by a year from now:

Before It's News:  "Hillary Ran Terrorists!  Hillary’s emails contained emails to terror cells in Yemen!   These CIA terror cells are now being destroyed by Trump!"

CIA Terror cells!  The Secretary of State communicated with CIA stations in Yemen, which will henceforth be referred to as terror cells!  That proves that she deserves to be thrown in prison!  This same article, by the way, claims that James Comey has been arrested.  Funny that hasn't broken its way into the rest of the media.

Before It's News:  "Luciferians Preparing for Their Alien Savior...The luciferian Deep State prepares for their 70 years in the making trillions of dollars funneled to the Black Budget Program through corporations such as NASA and the UN, all to manifest secret amazing technology and stage their counterfeit second coming alien savior."

Trillions of dollars!  Funny that the guys at Before It's News don't seem to care about the trillions of dollars that Republicans stole from the American people right out in the open.  And if you need any more proof of all this, here is a picture of Pope Francis leading this abominable plot:

Can't doubt photographic evidence now, can you? I guess that's enough to convince anyone.

And let's just finish on this undoubted bit of absolute truth:

Before It's News:  "Dead Sea Scrolls Show Sanhedrin Executed Jesus As An ET Disclosure Activist...Is the Israel the faction behind the national security guardianship of the Dead Sea Scrolls in fear of being exposed by the ETs with the return of Jesus, who is an ET!"
 Jesus?  Who knows for sure?

And you know the worst part of all of this?  What I am showing you is not the really crazy stuff.  That is all in videos which I am not about to transcribe by hand; most wingnuts are only barely literate, so they get their information from endless crazy and hateful videos which exist all over the internet, if you care to look for them.  Maybe some day I'll do a Wingnut Wrapup of those- that will really put you off my blog.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Press...Still At It After All These Years

Here are some excerpts from a study of media attitudes in the last Presidential election, produced by Harvard*, which is a perfect example of the refusal of liberals to state the obvious truth.  Sorry to beat away again at this subject, but it is killing the country.

"the majority of mainstream media coverage...largely followed Donald Trump’s agenda: when reporting on Hillary Clinton, coverage primarily focused on the various scandals related to the Clinton Foundation and emails. When focused on Trump, major substantive issues, primarily immigration, were prominent. Indeed, immigration emerged as a central issue in the campaign and served as a defining issue for the Trump campaign."

Do I need to say that both the Republican stories of Clinton "scandals" and the allegedly "substantive issues" of the Trump campaign were all a pack of right wing lies?  Here is how that comment should have read, in a fair world:

"the majority of mainstream media coverage was devoted to broacasting Republican lies and smears, rather than attempting in any way to discuss the real issues."

Better?  I think so. Unless you define the word "better" as meaning anything, true or false, that will keep Republicans in power.

"We find that the structure and composition of media on the right and left are quite different. The leading media on the right and left are rooted in different traditions and journalistic practices. On the conservative side, more attention was paid to pro-Trump, highly partisan media outlets. On the liberal side, by contrast, the center of gravity was made up largely of long-standing media organizations steeped in the traditions and practices of objective journalism."

Once again, the simple truth is deliberately obscured in a blizzard of pseudointellectual babble.  That truth being that, in almost all cases, the "left wing media" tries to tell the truth, while the "right wing media" is a pack of liars paid by rich sociopaths to vomit out propaganda.  Apparently, the American people don't deserve to be told the truth, however, because even supposedly left wing organizations like the New York Times have done everything possible to see to it that right wing monsters like Trump are treated favorably, while the lies about people like Hillary Clinton are shoved down our throats every single day.

"Donald Trump succeeded in shaping the election agenda. Coverage of Trump overwhelmingly outperformed coverage of Clinton. Clinton’s coverage was focused on scandals, while Trump’s coverage focused on his core issues."

This is presented, idiotically, as some extremely clever strategy of Trump's, rather than what it really was: the press, which thanks to Reagan deregulation, is overwhelmingly owned by rich Republicans, deliberately did everything it could to see to it that the Republican won, as it does in every single election this country ever has, no matter how grotesquely unsuitable for public responsibility they may be (recent case in point, one Roy Moore.)  The media were not Trump's dupes, they were his collaborators; and until that truth is openly acknowledged, no progress toward fixing the problem can be made.

And if I haven't been clear enough, this means taking media outlets away from the hateful rich people who are misusing them to lie the American people into cutting their own throats, and severely punishing people who use the media to spread lies intended to reduce this country to an oligarchic dictatorship.  And don't come back at me with any arguments about freedom of speech; I know all of that, but none of it changes the fact that if we don't find a way to accomplish this, we are all doomed.  Let's not forget the famous words of Justice Robert H. Jackson in a now-legendary Supreme Court decision:

"This Court has gone far toward accepting the doctrine that civil liberty means the removal of all restraints from these crowds and that all local attempts to maintain order are impairments of the liberty of the citizen. The choice is not between order and liberty. It is between liberty with order and anarchy without either. There is danger that, if the Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."

And that is what the First Amendment has become in the hands of the Republican party: a suicide pact.

Leading me to about the ten millionth repetition of Green Eagle's First Law:  Democrats could crush the Republican party out of existence without hardly trying; what they cannot do is beat the Republicans and the press working together.

A lot of Democrats are extremely excited over a couple of Democratic electoral victories, and polls showing generic Democrats running far ahead of Republicans in the 2018 election.  God, it takes a supreme act of will to forget the past forty years and realize that the billions of dollars spent by rich sociopaths in the three months before the election to lie about both Republicans and Democrats is going to totally erase that advantage, and we will in all probability be stuck right were we are today: on the road to hell.

And a little update:  Today, Daily Kos had this to say:

"In a colossal media failure perhaps exceeded only by the Iraq war and the election of Donald Trump itself, the GOP swept to power in 2010 despite misleading the nation on almost every major campaign issue of consequence."

None of these was a "media failure," no matter how much you miserable people try to hide from the truth. They were among their greatest successes, since electing Republicans regardless of the facts is what they exist for.  How can decent people ever expect to take power back from these evil monsters when even the supposedly most liberal sources won't admit a truth as obvious as that?

*Shows what they know at Harvard, or at least what they will admit in public.  For the record, I was led to this study by an article at Daily Kos, which was barely more forthright than the wording of this study.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Year End Thanks

My output of posts has decreased markedly the last year.  As I have mentioned, this is largely because I try to say things that are not what everyone else is saying, and the evils of the last year have been so blatant that you have to be massively adept at lying to yourself not to see what is going on.  At least I can take whatever satisfaction comes from seeing other voices, one by one, making the case that I have tried to make for many years.

Nevertheless, I want to thank those of my readers who have stuck with me during these bleak days.  I really appreciate it.

I am afraid that, in the coming year or two, when the inevitable results of Republican tampering with the economy and foreign affairs begin to present themselves, there will be lots more to say that most people will just be afraid to state openly.  At that point, Green Eagle will undoubtedly be there, for whatever good it does.