Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Forgotten Heroes of Conservatism- Chapter Three: Gerald L. K. Smith

In this chapter, I want to continue with another right wing predecessor of today's Conservative movement, who was massively popular in the thirties through the fifties, but who has been virtually pushed out of the historical record at this point:  Gerald L. K. Smith.  Like Billy James Hargis and Father Coughlin, he started out as a religious figure, and over a period of years migrated into politics, promoting a political viewpoint which I believe will be familiar to anyone watching the Republican party of the last few decades, although perhaps in a less varnished form.  I mention this because it is important, I believe, to understand that the current view that the Republican party has somehow coopted the Evangelical movement is actually backwards- standard American Conservatism actually grew out of Evangelical Christianity and has been manipulated by it, not the other way around.  Anyway, decide for yourself.

Smith was born in 1898, and spent the early part of his adulthood as a preacher.  He met Huey Long in 1929, and worked for Long until Long's death in 1936, after which he struck out on his own. After Long was assassinated, Smith took over leadership of Long's "Share our Wealth Society" for a short time, during which he steered it toward an overt anti-Semitic platform.  I'll quote Wikipedia about his subsequent activities:

"In 1944, Smith formed the America First Party, essentially appropriating the name. He became a member of William Dudley Pelley's pro-Nazi Silver Shirts organization, which was patterned after Hitler's brown shirts..."

Pelley who was later convicted for violating the Espionage Act in 1942 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, is due for his own chapter in this series.

"The Cross and The Flag was an eight-page monthly magazine founded in April 1942 and published until December 1977. Reverend Gerald L. K. Smith was editor and publisher. The publication was started to replace Father Coughlin’s Social Justice magazine which was banned in 1942 by the Justice Department from the mails...Smith wrote the vast majority of the articles in the publication.   "The Cross and The Flag" was a common phrase and reference used by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and 1930s...The Cross and the Flag regularly ran articles with titles like “The Satanic Will to Mongrelize,” “The Tolerance Racket,” “The Black Devil of Race Destruction,” and “The Brotherhood Bunk.”

In the late 1930's, Smith moved to Detroit, where he was befriended by Henry Ford, author of the infamous early 1920's book "The International Jew," a viruently anti-Semitic work which was a major influence on the thinking of Adolf Hitler.

To quote "The Cross and The Flag:"

“The day came when I embraced the research of Mr. Ford and his associates, and became courageous enough and honest enough and informed enough to use the words: ‘Communism is Jewish.’”

 His adjective-laden sentences with their hard hitting analogies and humor was hateful to all liberals. He was living in a world controlled by far left villains and jewish conspiracies."
By the way, please note that, even at this time, angering liberals was as much a goal of the right as anything else.  Even in this, the behavior of modern day right wingers has a history that stretches back far beyond Reagan.

Too get a feeling for those "adjective-laden sentences," I want to recommend that you watch this one minute excerpt from a speech delivered by Smith in 1936:

Notice first of all the similarity in speaking style to that of a man for whose ideas Smith had tremendous sympathy, Adolf Hitler.  But even more importantly for our purposes, pleas note the glorification of the rural masses coupled with a threat to forcibly take back the supposedly stolen government, which is a clear precursor to the central propaganda line of the current Republican party.

Smith's active career continued through the fifties, incorporating an extreme form of holocaust denial and similar anti-Semitic tropes, along with the now-standard hostility toward black Americans, and anything with the slightest hint of liberalism.

And here is a specimen of the sort of publicity issued by Smith's organization.  
Sorry about the gap in the middle- the only readable copy of this I could find 
was in two pieces, with a little missing between them.

I am going to depart from my normal style here, and devote most of the rest of this piece to excerpts from a piece written by Smith:


The first principle for which we stand is: Preserve America as a Christian Nation being conscious of the fact that there is a highly organized campaign to substitute Jewish tradition for Christian tradition.

Safeguard American liberty against the menace of bureaucratic Fascism...Fascism, as we now have it, is confiscating independent wealth by way of the income tax and destroying the liberty of the States by way of the Supreme Court. At this very moment we face the risk of a nine-man Fascist dictatorship, posing as the Supreme Court of the United States, completely contrary to our Constitutional traditions.

Fight mongrelization and all attempts being made to force the intermixture of the black and white races...Subversive forces, exploiting sentimental nitwits, are reading into the Constitution a code of conduct which threatens to mongrelize our race, destroy our racial self-respect and enslave the white man.

America has given away her reserves. We have bankrupted our economy. Our national debt, our state and local government debts, plus our personal debts far exceed the assessed value of every visible piece of property in the United States. This epidemic of economic blood-letting began at a time when Jew internationalists, in control of propaganda , almost convinced a majority of our people that it was subversive to use the term America First. 

 Oppose a World Government and a Super-State...We believe that the whole U. N. project is a subversive conspiracy to destroy our independence.  The original designer of this subversive Charter fought to give us a complete World Government in which America would be only a voting state

Safeguard America's tradition in relationship to immigration...The same conspirators who would destroy our Nation and its independence by treason from within, or by the establishment of a World Government - these same forces are ready to let down the bars and admit the Asiatic, African and European multitudes.  This campaign to destroy our immigration tradition is supported by every Jewish and Communist organization in the world...if the wall ever breaks we will be invaded and destroyed without the firing of a shot, merely by the act of indiscriminate admission of aliens to our shores."

I think I hardly need point out that, with his racism, his hatred of immigrants, his opposition to the United Nations, his obsession on the national debt, his attacks on judges, his claim that the United States is a Christian nation, his railing against "bureaucratic fascism," i.e. government regulation, Smith shows himself to be in almost perfect accord with the platform of the post-Reagan Republican party.  In this, he is a perfect illustration of the morphing of the intolerance of early twentieth century Evangelical Christianity into the ideological basis of American Conservative thought.  At the risk of being repetitive, let me point out that this loathsome political movement grew out of Evangelical Christianity.  It was Evangelical Christianity that manipulated the Republicans into becoming the party of hate, not the Republicans who manipulated Evangelicals into becoming a religion of hate.

Monday, March 12, 2018

We Live in a Dictatorship

As of today, with the American Reichstag deciding on a total party line basis that the manifest treason of their leader must be allowed to continue unopposed, I think it is past any question that this party has openly embraced totalitarian, one party rule.  Today is the day that the Republican treatment of the opposition truly justifies comparison with the way the Nazi party destroyed other parties in the months after Hitler's rise to power. 

And let us be clear about this:  there is not one single person on the House intelligence committee, Democrat or Republican, who does not know the true nature of Trump's crimes.  The destruction of the means to uncover the evidence shows that the Republicans know the monstrous crime in which they are accessories.

And all of this accompanied by Trump's staging of the closest thing he could manage to a Nuremberg rally in Pennsylvania this week; an open display of hatred, racism and barely suppressed violence that is, finally, truly deserving of comparison to Nazi Germany.

It has taken a little over one year from the Republican ascent to total power to reach this point.  That's slower than Hitler, who took only a few months to destroy all other political parties in Germany and openly show that he intends his party to do whatever it wants, regardless of the law and regardless of humanity.  But there is hardly any comfort in that, any more than there is comfort in the fact that, as this party has descended into madness, its supporters have refused to acknowledge the obvious truth. 

This is the path down which Nixon and Reagan and Bush and Cheney and Gingrich and Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have willingly and deliberately steered us, while the press and Democratic leaders and so many others refused to state the obvious truth.

And let me make two little points here:  First of all, whatever Hitler was, he was not a traitor.  He enslaved and killed non-Germans without a care, but he never joined with a foreign leader to destroy his own country.  And second, however much damage Hitler did, he did it without his hands on five thousand nuclear weapons.

Well, here we are.  Now what?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Worst Twitter Insult of All Time?

From someone named Deano:

"ROFL As if Donald Trump would sleep with a disease ridden slut like you all you are is a glorified prostitute after quick cash.  Why would he want you when he has Ivanka?"

You've got a great point there, Deano!  Why would he want to get a porn star in bed, when he could just fuck his own daughter?

Wingnut Wrapup

Every kind of idiocy to blot out the wingnut's apprehension of what sort of monsters they elected.  It continues to amaze me what mental gymnastics they are willing to go through to deny the obvious reality, but I keep feeling that someone has to keep an eye on this distressing phenomenon, because it is going to form the intellectual basis of their rejection of any responsibility for what has happened to this country:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Conservative Parkland Massacre Survivor the Media Has Largely Ignored"

No thanks, Guy.  Do you expect us to be impressed that out of all the students at this school, right wingers managed to find one sixteen year old that they could manipulate with promises of fame and fortune, to say what they want?  And it's sort of funny that we are expected to ignore everything a teenager says, unless they agree with the Republican party; then they are the voice of enlightenment.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "How Billy Graham Might Have Responded to George Will"

Man, talk about an article that no sane person wants to read.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Rep. Trey Gowdy, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, said Sunday a second special counsel to look into the Department of Justice and FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and possible collusion between President Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election may be necessary."

Another e-mail investigation- From the man who brought you the Benghazi hearings.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Against Fake Civility...They tell us that our uppity refusal to quietly submit to abuse and subjugation, both figurative and literal, makes us bad people. Not only can we live with that, but we should celebrate it."

Of course, this applies only to White people who refuse to submit to phony abuse.  When it comes to Black people and their real centuries long history of abuse and subjugation, even kneeling down on a football field turns out to be an unacceptable outrage.  Just to make it clear, this is open racism; something we never thought we would see again in this country from a major political party.  How wrong we were.

"George W. Bush was civil, oh so civil, or so dignified. He was so civil and dignified that we got eight years of Barack Obama and we came that close to going under forever."

Ha.  We got Obama because Republicans were just too nice, not because they caused a depression that Obama had to avert,  and started a criminal war of aggression in which a million civilians were killed.

"The problem is that progressives are not people of good faith.  They are not trying to reason. They are not trying to compromise. They do not accept the basic concept that all American citizens have inalienable rights and that the law must apply equally to everyone. They hate us."

Just one more example of Republicans blaming the other side for their own evil behavior.  And may I again point out that this is not projection, which is a psychological problem; it is a conscious strategy of lying to obscure their own crimes.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Flake Predicts Trump Will Have Company in 2020"

Another article I couldn't be bothered to read, but I hope Cortney means this is because federal prisons have two man cells.

David Soloway, PJ Media:  "The time seems ripe to further the process of (Joe) McCarthy’s rehabilitation."

Great.  And then we can get onto doing the same for Heinrich Himmler.  Because there is nothing so in need of positive historical assessment as Conservative hatred and lies.

Steven Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Dear California: Call Me When the Commies Leave"

This is one article I actually did read, or at least part of it- it went on and on, so eventually I snapped out of my daze.  Turns out that every Democrat in the State is a Commie.  Steven lives in Arizona, and will be happy to move to California when all the Democrats are liquidated.  Sort of like Germans moving to Poland after 1939. 

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Determined 'Not to Die a Human,' Transgender Dragon Lady Spent $60K to Confirm 'Second Birth'

And here she is:

And if she didn't want to die a human, she could have saved so much money by just becoming a Republican.  All that surgery and she still isn't half as nauseating looking as Donald Trump.

Kevin McCulloch, Town Hall:  "Trump's Tariff Declaration Is Brilliant...President Trump is the most masterful negotiating presence in the White House of not just the modern era, but in American history."

And you expect wingnuts to believe anything bad about Trump at all.  They are terminally delusional, and served by a media empire dedicated to furthering those delusions.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "“Bigger Than Watergate!” POTUS Trump Unleashes on Obama and Crooked Hillary For Illegally Spying on His Campaign"

He's in panic mode now...and by the way, someone should try to explain to him that gathering information about your electoral opponent is not illegal, particularly when the information is true.  Funny that Trump apparently believes it is just fine to tell any kind of lie about Democrats, but that they are criminals for telling the truth about him.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "The FBI’s Secret Warrant To Spy On Carter Page Should Scare All Americans"

Or at least all of the ones who conspired with a foreign dictator to subvert our democracy.  I wouldn't be surprised if that description fits all the Americans Joshua knows.

And now, how about a little panic:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "US Speeds Past 4th Step in 6 Step Process of Democrat-Communist Totalitarian Rule"

Too boring to report on Jim's predictably asinine remarks.  Let's just notice a second time today that major right wing blogs have totally conflated the Democratic party with Communists. 

And the important question of the day:

Rev. Mark Creech, Renew America:  "Is Billy Graham's death prophetically significant?"


"Could Christ be at the door to deliver his people from the bonds of this earth and take them to their final home?  I must confess that I've had similar thoughts about the passing of Billy Graham...Our world is certainly ripe for God's wrath, especially the West, especially the United States."

Rev. Creech: schizophrenic, or just a lying con man?  We report, you decide.

And a little more stark raving madness from the right:

Linda Kimball, Renew America:  "(T)he sinister power stealthily aiding and abetting the massacre of Syrian Christians is our own 'deep state' Gnostic Progressive Leftist controlled government.  Though names have changed over time and new members added, it remains the case that behind the murderous Soviet Union, Hitler's occult National Socialist Reich, the ongoing destruction of the West, redistribution of its wealth, and replacement of Westerners and Americans with Muslims, there has been a powerful financial coterie of 'elite' progressives and like- minded travelers committed to a mystical pantheist worldview, apotheosis, self-empowerment, revolution and death.

Having rejected the Christian roots of their own civilization, contemporary Progressive Leftists have merged materialism with a new Gnostic mystical pantheist order of beliefs of which global socialism, a form of monism (collectivism or totalism), is a logical expression. In keeping with Marxist Communism, Nazi Socialism, New Age Spirituality, Luciferianism, and "God is dead" theology, Progressive Leftism is a Neo-Gnostic movement that exalts Lucifer as the Light Bearer and emancipator of man while demonizing Jehovah as an evil, malformed, ignorant deity sometimes called Yaldabaoth, the 'fallen' Holy Creator God of the Old Testament who created the evil material world, angels and human beings."

Made it through that, did you?  I think we are reaching the point where the entire wingnut world view is basically indistinguishable from schizophrenia.  And I do not make this remark as a joke.  The above, from a major right wing website, is essentially indistinguishable from the ravings of the worst paranoid psychotic.

Tim Jones, American Thinker:  "Is There a Link Between Progressivism and Depression?  What is going on in American society and why is there an epidemic of depression and anxiety?"

Funny that the "epidemic of depression and anxiety" coincides with the Republicans taking total control of the country, but it's all the fault of progressives, who have no control over anything.  Well, let's take comfort in small things; at least he wasn't trying to blame progressives for economic depression, which is such a specialty of his people.  We hear enough of that sort of insane blame casting, of course, but at least not today.

And now, up is down:

Noel S. Williams, American Thinker:  "The Democrats as Russian Dupes, 2018 Edition...Perhaps Trump was observant when describing the Democrats' reactions at his SOTU address as treasonous...Democrats are against Trump out of fear that his polices are generally good for America...In essence, what's good for America is bad for Democrats.

The Russian intruders must be thrilled with their puppet, Nancy Pelosi.  Given the extent of her collaboration, perhaps we should assign her a Russian-style last name like Popov; after all, Nancy has been popping off a lot lately.   Nancy Popov is like a political commissar shrieking that Trump's DACA proposal is subterfuge to make America white again."

Yes, you see, it is Nancy Pelosi who is the Russian collaborator, not Donald Trump, despite the literally hundreds of pieces of evidence now available, of his connection to Vladimir Putin.  Once again, the Republican tactic of the decade:  scream as loudly and as viciously as you can that it's your opponents who are guilty of your own crimes.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "Innovation in fast food industry making 'Fight for Fifteen' irrelevant..."Flippy" is a burger-flipping robot that is just one of the technological innovations in the fast food industry that will eventually make the union-backed "Fight for Fifteen" minimum wage movement irrelevant.  It's hard to fight for increased pay for a job that doesn't exist."

Take that, American workers!  Want a job with a livable wage?  Screw you, we're replacing you with a machine!

"It's ironic that in pressing for unrealistic wages, fast food workers have spurred companies to innovate."

"Unrealistic" wages being, in this case anything that does not leave workers so close to starvation that they have to take whatever vicious deal their employers want to provide. And "innovation" becomes a euphemism for "more money for the boss, less for the workers,"  I.e. Republican utopia.

And now the Conservative whine of the day:

Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Thrashing around with a non-story on collusion, the press gets despicable...Mike Allen, who rightfully acted as the adult in the room with his chiding of the press as it grasped for straws in the decaying rubble of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian collusion investigation, has now given the press a new smack-down in its shameful exploitation of an obviously fragile man of no consequence to the news: Sam Nunberg."

Yes indeed.  When a Republican makes a total fool of himself acting belligerent on national TV, it is just out of bounds to point it out.

"But they exploited the fragile man, with zero respect for his well-being, given that he was a supporter of President Trump.  This is "awful scandal porn" and what makes people hate the press"

If he's too weak to answer for his own behavior, maybe he was too weak to work for Trump, who destroys everyone he gets close to.  By the way, it's sort of cute, isn't it, that they're still insisting that Mueller's got nothing, huh?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  (Liberals) must realize how harmful the anti-gun crusade is to their cause, as they watch the momentum garnered from the massacre in Parkland dissipate and energize the public against gun-grabs."

The momentum is dissipating...Is that what you have noticed happening?  In fact, this time around the exact opposite seems to be taking place, but wingnuts are going to believe what wingnuts want to believe.

Pat Hall, American Thinker:  "Co-opting children for political gain...Framing students as credible experts on gun policy is simply irresponsible."

Whereas treating paid liars for the NRA as experts is simply the sensible thing to do.

And let's not end today's column without a new low in gratuitous abuse of Hillary:

Before It's News:  "Clinton Kuru Disease Diagnosis... Kuru belongs to a class of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), also called prion diseases.  You can contract the disease by eating an infected brain...This has everything to do with cannibalism; it has everything to do with Hillary Clinton"
Yes, Hillary Clinton is a cannibal who eats human brains.  That is actually what they are saying.  No kidding- that's what they want you to believe.  Not a metaphor- she is actually in the basement of that Pizza Parlor eating human brains. 

"Please Note: Due to the constant threat of internet censorship, this article and video content may not be publicly available for long – Get this information out!"

God in heaven above, there is no bottom line for these people.  And if you are sincerely confused about how much credence to give to articles at Before It's News, read this:

Before It's News:  "Hibernating Alien Discovered Inside Secret Chamber In The Great Pyramid"

Or this:

Before It's News:  "My Dead Girlfriend Keeps Messaging Me on Facebook – I’ve Got the Screenshots, I Don’t Know What to Do"

Sad to say, a hell of a lot of people do seem to read this stuff, and believe it too.  It's like the Red Queen, who said she practiced believing impossible things every day.  With these people, it's just practice for believing the most impossible thing; that it's Hillary and not Trump who is the Russian Traitor.  Okay, that's it for me.  I've fried enough neurons for one day.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Forgotten Heroes of Conservatism- Part 2- Billy James Hargis

I've gotten distracted from this series, but I want to get back to it with a post about Billy James Hargis, who was a radio preacher from the 1950's on, at his peak appearing on over 500 radio stations.  I want to make it clear that I am doing this not because anyone should really care about these people, but because their history demonstrates that the current plague of wingnut madness which is spreading around the country is not a new phenomenon, not a product of Trump or even Reagan, but is the current manifestation of what at this point must be regarded as the essential character of American Conservatism.  Secondarily, by pointing out some of the connections between my featured characters and others in the Conservative movement, I hope to show that the entire thing was produced by a relatively small, interrelated group of charlatans, criminals and corrupt politicians and religious figures.  This should serve as a warning about how dangerous it is to write these people off as ineffectual.

Anyway, on with Billy.  Billy James Hargis (1925-2004) was an American evangelist from an early age.  He attended, for various brief terms, a number of Evangelical "colleges" and seminaries, one of which ordained him at the age of 17, after which he began a career of preaching his ignorant nonsense to the multitudes.  By the early 1950's he had moved to radio, where he flourished for quite a number of years.

He also fancied himself to be a singer.  Here's a picture of Billy from one of his albums.

 I am deeply sorry to report that I couldn't find a single cut  of his online, so you are relieved of the temptation to listen to what is undoubtedly one of the worst singers in human history. Reverb Nation, where is your duty to posterity?

His message, besides the usual right wing religious garbage, revolved around extreme anti-communism of the John Birch Society (of which he was a member) variety, a hatred of desegregation, and tinges of out and out racism and anti-Semitism; i.e. the standard building blocks out of which Conservatism is forged.  In a statement in the 1970's, he described his positions as "anti-communism, anti-socialism, anti-welfare state, anti-Russia, anti-China, a literal interpretation of the Bible, and states' rights."  He also was very active in the anti-abortion movement.

Here's a brief excerpt from his Wikipedia article describing his positions:

"Hargis believed national and world events were part of a cosmic struggle, where the ultimate actors were Christ and Satan. While communism represented the latter, the United States represented the former. He used this as justification for why the United States should return to what he believed were its founding Christian ideals.  Hargis preached on cultural issues: against sex education and Communism, and for the return of prayer and Bible reading to public schools, long before the rise of the late 20th century Religious Right. His belief in conspiracy theories led to a belief that the government, the media, and pop culture figures were promoting "communism" in the late 1960s."

Here, for those of you who care, is a sample of Hargis in action, in which he rails against the Communists in the Kennedy administration.  Watch if if you dare:

In 1950, Hargis founded an organization called the Christian Crusade, which was a forerunner of the Moral Majority and similar later groups which claimed to speak for the allegedly right wing Christian majority in the country.  In 1964 this group was stripped of its tax exempt status because of its obvious political nature; would that Federal authorities today would have the sense to do the same with the hundreds of phony 501(c)3 "charities" currently operated by right wing con men.

During the fifties and sixties. Hargis formed alliances with other right wing luminaries of the time, such as Major General Edwin Walker, who served as a liaison between Hargis' organizations and various right wing politicians (e.g. Joe McCarthy) before being arrested for fomenting riots in 1962 to prevent the admission of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi, and then (inevitably, I guess)  being arrested twice for propositioning undercover policemen for sex in a park bathroom; and the Reverend Carl McIntyre, a popular wingnut preacher in the 1960's who appeared on the legendary radio station KXEL, and who has always been a favorite of mine.

Hargis also founded American Christian College in Tulsa, and ran it for a number of years, before he (God, this story gets old, doesn't it?) at near the age of 50, was accused by a number of students, both male and female, of manipulating them into sexual encounters.  The college collapsed soon after that. As a beloved figure in right wing Tulsa, he was allowed to plead no contest to one count, after which he of course denied for the rest of his life that he had done a thing wrong.

Kind of makes you wonder what Hargis and General Walker got up to on those cold Tulsa nights, huh?

In the sixties, Hargis tried to latch onto various cultural phenomena, for example accusing the Beatles of being Communists in a book, here credited to his co-leader of the Christian Crusade:
Man, that must have been a good read

and spreading ludicrous fantasies about the peace symbol:
After this period, Hargis degenerated into irrelevance, which is, of course, where he should have been all along.

As a final note, let me add that the direct mail king Richard Viguere, one of the most important characters in the rise of the new right, and a seminal figure in the stripping of the right wing lust for power of any remaining shreds of values or morality, got his start working for Hargis.  Viguere is such an important figure that I will write a piece on him soon; I actually started on it before deciding to do a couple more earlier figures first.

So there you go; another step down to hell for the American right.  More to come soon.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

No Exceptions for Allies

This information from the Washington Post today:

"Trump trade adviser says no exceptions for allies on new aluminum and steel tariffs...White House trade adviser Peter Navarro appeared to draw a firm line against case-by-case exemptions as he defended President Trump's sudden imposition of new trade premiums, which are likely to hit Canada and Europe hardest."

We've become accustomed, as hard as it is to believe, with this worthless subhuman doing multiple things every single day that would have gotten any other President in history removed from office almost instantly; we're getting to accept that we have to wake up to stories like the piece also in the Post today, referring to Trump's behavior as "pure madness."  But there is another, far more important aspect to this behavior, which is not madness, but the result of cold calculation.

I have spoken about this before, but at this point virtually nobody else seems willing to put the pieces together.  What I am talking about is Trump's very successful efforts to alienate every single one of our allies; to leave the United States incapable of participating in, let alone leading, any kind of unified effort to stand up to Vladimir Putin, whatever Putin decides to do.  It should be clear by now that this is the number one foreign policy priority of the Trump White House. This is not madness, it is treason.  It is the payoff for the material help that the Russians gave Trump to put him in office, and anyone who cannot look at the multiple instances of this behavior, the conduct of affairs of state which in the aggregate have no other explanation, is simply still so paralyzed by what used to be acceptable in this country, that they are just averting their eyes.

It is vital that the opposition to Trump be totally focused on this issue.  If Trump is removed solely on the basis of incompetence or mental illness, the Republicans will just replace him with the equally evil Pence, and go on looting the country as before.  The issue of his treasonous collaboration with a hostile foreign country goes beyond that; it makes his entire administration illegitimate.  It demands the removal of his Vice President too, as well as the nullification of every single thing he has done as President, up to and including his malignant Supreme Court pick.  And it demands accountability for the criminality of his fellow Republicans as they abetted that treason.

Any lesser remedy will leave the disease to grow again, and grow again it will, fostered by a party that has now openly decided that any kind of damage to the country is acceptable if it benefits their sociopathic backers.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

The idiocy is really out in force these days.  I'm guessing that, despite all the bluster, the wingnuts really know what is looming ahead for their malignant conspiracy against the country.  So here we go:

Allahpundit:  "Dem Rep: Uh, No, I Don’t Want To Ban All Semiautomatic Weapons"

This story is all over the wingnut world today:  Another example"

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "House Democrat: Actually, We Should Not Ban All Semi-Automatic Weapons"

Benson continues, as you would expect, with one of the great Conservative lies of all time:

"the constitution guarantees the right to private gun ownership"

But my intention here is not to add one more drop to the ocean of words about guns and the Constitution; rather to once again point out that Republicans are so authoritarian in nature that they just cannot fathom that a Democrat would disagree for one second with the dictated party line.  This sort of capitulation to leaders is the fodder on which dictatorships are fed.

Jonah Golberg, Town Hall:  "The Child Soldiers of the Gun-Control War"

Child soldiers.  Remember them?  12 year old African kids with guns going around shooting people at random.  So now, high school students who don't want to be shot are just the same as kids who shoot people.  Talk about a new height in both siderism. 

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Rumors of Conservatism's Demise Greatly Exaggerated"

Sad to say.  And as long as they have billions from human monsters like the Koch brothers and the Waltons, and as long as they own all the TV and radio stations in three quarters of the country, it will probably stay that way, no matter what might be good for the country.

Ilana Mercer, Town Hall:  "Jews Must Never Forget Trump For Remembering Our Unforgettable Jerusalem"

Yeah, for remembering to turn Jerusalem into an excuse to start a war, in which tens of thousands of Jews may well be killed.  Thanks for the favor, Trump.  And just to make it clear, if Jerusalem is unforgettable, we don't need interference from a malignant moron to help us remember it.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "MSNBC Trashes Rick Scott For Ignoring Student Protestors...But Neglects to Mention Where He Actually Was"

Hell?  That's my hope.

Chris Reeves, Town Hall:  "Republican Congressman Wants to Strip Gang Members of U.S. Citizenship"

Curiously enough, this extends only to brown gang members, and not, say, to Nazis or white supremacists, who are valued citizens whose rights to kill must be preserved and whose opinions must lead all debates.  I bet you are really surprised by that.

Jennifer van Laar, Red State:  "Off-Duty Cop Who Was At FL School Ran Toward Gunfire While Others Cowered"

Which accomplished exactly nothing.  So much for good guys with guns getting the bad guys with guns.  However, this kind of thinking seems to be a popular take among wingnuts today:

Sarah Rumpf, Red State:  "Three Other Broward Cops Were Outside School During Shooting But Didn’t Enter"

Three more "good guys with guns" who were of absolutely no use whatsoever, because they were not interested in pretending to be heroes, and getting themselves killed for nothing.  See, the good guys with guns just waited outside while the killing went on, so now we need good guys with guns who are not cowards.  Like, say, a certain "President" who got five draft deferments, or a recent warmongering Vice President who got four.  No, it's up to someone else to not be a "coward," i.e. to sacrifice themselves by following right wing cant about stopping shooters.  It's up to someone else than Republicans whenever someone has to sacrifice something. 

And just one more piece along this line:

John Nolte, Breitbart:  "CNN’s Cillizza: Armed Deputy Who Did Nothing to Stop Parkland Massacre a ‘Good Guy’...Cillizza says of the deputy, “There was a good guy with a gun just outside the school when the bad guy with a gun started murdering people. The good guy with the gun wasn’t the solution. He didn’t stop it...to declare this deputy a “good guy” is laughable."

No, he is a bad guy because he didn't go charging into the school armed with a pistol, and try shooting it out with a maniac who had an AR-15.  He needed to die to give a little more life to an NRA lie.

Well, I'm going to skip any more on this coward thing, so let me just note that similar posts are up at practically every wingnut website I've looked at today.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Trump Proposes Bonuses for Armed Teachers as Economical Way to Protect Schools"

No money for books and pencils in school, but plenty for guns.  Maybe they could get a bonus for everyone they shoot.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Obama Posts Chilling Message to Teens Marching and Organizing For Gun Control ‘We’ve Been Waiting For You’

Scary, huh?  Of course, Trump is waiting for them too, to shut them up and put them in jail.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Radio Legend Michael Savage Approached To Run Against Sen. Dianne Feinstein"

Whoo!  Hey, guys, why not go all the way and get Joseph Goebbels to run?  Oh wait, he's dead?  Too bad.

And now, a Conservative "comedy" break:

Keep telling yourselves that he's got nothing, guys.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "It Never Gets Old=> CPAC Crowd Chants “Lock Her Up!” During POTUS Trump Speech"

No, apparently it does never get old.  Jim seems to think that this is a good thing, rather than a sign of depravity.

Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit:  "CNN Fixed 1992 Election Eve Town Hall Ambush Question From Clinton Operative Stephanopoulos to Pres. George H.W. Bush"

Fixed a question!  In 1992!!!  Let's see, that's a quarter of a century ago.  They fixed a question!  That's so much worse than Trump committing treason.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "The 'new' conservatives: Pro-gay, pro-pot, pro-Russia"

They'll claim to be for anything, as long as you don't notice that they are still pro-stealing the entire wealth of the country for their rich backers, which is all they really care about.  So, smoke all the weed you want while Republicans rob you blind.

Devin Stone, Return of Kings (recently awarded a designation as a SPLC hate site):  "WHY WOMEN WILL NEVER BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS MEN...They don't have it in them..."

Devin, if you want to make that argument in front of my wife, you might need this website:
Just sayin'.  I mean, she is from New Jersey.

And just in case you thought you had heard every sort of idiotic conspiracy theory on earth, here's one from the above mentioned website:


Corporations are Marxist. Exactly what we all remember from reading Marx, right?

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Now Dems see Russians under every bed"

Not every bed, Joseph.  Just Trump's.  Why do you think Melania won't sleep in the same room with him?

And now a little more right wing humor:

Dear me, what a laugh I got out of this one.  They really captured the essence of Colbert there, didn't they?  And the cartoon looks so much like him too.

C. A. Mackintosh, American Thinker:  "We Don't Need a National Conversation about Guns (or Anything Else)"

Just in case you were wondering.  C. A. continues:

" we should replace the norm of interest in national affairs, created by excessive devotion to national news by mass media outlets, with an interest in the local affairs of our own state, county, community, and family."

I.e. just shut up and let the Republican party do whatever it wants.  A formula for a better country, yes sir.

And then there's idiocy like this:

Robert Turner, American Thinker:  "Why does it take President Trump – whom the "resistance" vilifies, depending on the mood of the moment, as ignorant, unqualified, insane, immoral, or dictatorial – to actually start a serious conversation regarding student safety?"

Yes, Trump started that serious conversation.  Oh well, he already has claimed credit for everything on earth that someone else did, why not this too? By the way,  "ignorant, unqualified, insane, immoral, or dictatorial" - sounds about right to me.  Robert continues:

"Prevention, however, creates its own problems, for without an occasional public massacre, the hyper political anti-gun lobby might be forced to disband."

Without the "occasional" gun massacre, we might not need the "hyper political anti-gun lobby."

"Instead of defending itself against straw men set up by Democrats and their media masters, Republicans are becoming the party of solutions."

Solutions, yeah.  Teachers with guns.  Tax cuts for the rich.  Nuclear war. Those are the solutions.  Good work, guys.

Michael Berenhaus, Daily Caller:  "Guess What - The U.S. Can Recognize Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel If It Wants To"

And guess what else- the U.S. can recognize Hueytown, Alabama as the capital of France if it wants, too.  So, who cares?

Just for the information of the ignorant boob who wrote this, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the day that it was founded; its seat of government has always been there, and nobody doubts that.  The question is not where the capital of Israel is, it is whether it's a good idea for Trump to risk starting a war in which people from other countries will die, just to prance around in front of his adoring fans.

Just for your information, here is a map of Jerusalem:

You can see the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court and many of its ministries in the parklike area a ways west of the old city, where they have been ever since the founding of the country.

John Brown, Daily Caller:  "'Black Panther' Is A Quasi-Religious Atonement For White Guilt"

Black Panther is a commercial product, designed to make money, which it has done, in very large quantities.  End of story.  Anyone who thinks differently is too stupid and blinded by right wing ideology to have a thing to say about Hollywood.

John D. O'Connor, Daily Caller:  "James Comey's Pursuit Of Crimeless Cases Against Trump Is Eerily Familiar"

You mean like Whitewater, Vince Foster, Benghazi, the e-mails, Pizzagate, the birth certificate, and on and on?  Oh no, not like those.  Those were not crimeless cases.  It is a crime to do anything if you are a Democrat.

 Before It's News:  “Soros Busted! Scheme to Start Civil War Exposed! Next Step a Citizen’s Arrest!..."I’m going to bring down the United States by funding Black Hate groups. We’ll put them into a mental trap and make them blame white people. The Black community is the easiest to manipulate- George Soros”

Just a little sample of the lying smears that make up most of right wing journalism.  This obviously phony quote has been circulating on the right since 2016.  It would have taken the authors of this article less than one minute to find out that it is false, but of course telling the truth is not the goal of any right winger.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Let's Be Honest, The Latest Gun Control Bill Is Pretty Much A Total Ban On Firearms"

No lie too big, like I said.  But, got to keep up the right wing panic. 

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Why the Left Opposes Arming Teachers"

Dennis Prager, the most intellectually dishonest talk show host in America, and that is against some heavy duty competition.  This should be good.  Okay, why, Dennis?  I'm sure your reasoning is going to be very persuasive:

"The left doesn't fight evil; it fights those who do...it hates those who wish to see teachers and others voluntarily armed take down the murderers of our children."

Hate! Hate, I tell you! The left hates everyone, or at least everyone who is not a Communist or a Muslim!  Yeah, that's the reason why it doesn't want teachers to carry guns in school.  And Dennis is what Conservatives try to pass off as an intellectual.

Arthur Schaper, Town Hall:  "Democratic Lunacy on Full Display in California"

What, you mean the sixth biggest economy in the world, a balanced budget, more money for education and infrastructure and approximately an eighth of both the gross domestic product and foreign trade for the whole country?  No, Arthur means this:

"since 2016 the Democratic Party has moved further left than anyone would have anticipated since 2016. They...want to repeal the Second Amendment, abolish the First, get rid of the United States Constitution. They pretty much want to resurrect Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin and have them both run for President/Vice-President in 2020. Unless they can get Che Guevara and Mao Ze-Dong for diversity’s sake, then they will go for that tag team."

No word about the Republican party having already resurrected Hitler, bloating him up to about 350 pounds, giving him a blonde dye job and putting him in the White House.

John Ellis, PJ Media:  "Your Tax Dollars Are Helping to Pay for a Clown College in Nancy Pelosi's District"

They're paying for one in Washington DC, too:

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Why I should be appointed special counsel"

Because the country is so close to complete madness that we might as well push it over the edge and enjoy the show?

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blaming former President Obama for being in cahoots with Russia for eight years"

No bottom line of shame for this guy.  And another typical example of blaming the Democrats for  what Republicans are in actual fact doing every day.  A decent House would have thrown this guy out long ago, but of course, we do not have a decent House; we have a Republican one.

Renew America:  "Student parrots teacher's gun-control views in MSNBC video "

See, 17 year olds are not capable of thinking on their own, so if they do not want to be gunned down in school, it must be because they have been brainwashed by their liberal teachers.  Of course, in the case of Republicans, thinking on their own about gun control is a capital offense.

Alice Powe, World Net Daily:  "'THERE'S ENOUGH TO ARREST HILLARY NOW'...'People want justice'

And with Republicans in charge of the Justice Department, there is enough to arrest Hillary, since all it takes is being a Democrat, or speaking up against Trump.  That's coming soon, and believe me, Hillary will be the first high profile prisoner they go for.  Alice acts like that is a good thing.  Just like Heinrich Himmler did.

Lewis Dovland, American Thinker?  "How leftists plan to use Parkland's dead"

Door stops?  Cat food?  I don't know; I couldn't be bothered to read the article.  Sorry.

And just in case you still don't have enough to worry about, we'll just finish on this:

Your News Wire:  "Rivers Turning Red All Over The World As Biblical End Times Prophecy Fulfilled"

Maybe.  Who knows?

Indict Trump?

Just a short post to bring to your attention an article today in the Washington Post, by well know Constitutional law professor (and Conservative) Jonathan Turley, regarding the question of whether a sitting President can be indicted without being impeached, which Turley answers in the affirmative.

This is the best short analysis of the subject that I have seen in any organ of the mainstream press, and I think it is well worth a read.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pay Teachers?

I was reading Infidel 753's link roundup for this week, an essential read for me, when I came across the following map.  It shows teacher salaries in the United States:

Too tempting to resist comparing it to this one:
Blue State vs. Red State

Just a coincidence, I guess.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Only Real Solution

The problem with violence in this country is not too many guns.  It is not a lack of mental health services.  It is not Democrats correctly pointing out how stupid and ignorant the Republican base is, causing Republicans to be very sad. 

Here is the real problem:

One of the two political parties in the United States exists solely for the purpose of further enriching two or three hundred of the richest families in America.  This is to be accomplished by, essentially, stripping all of the wealth from the remaining 340 million Americans.  In return, these rich families have committed themselves to funding whatever smear campaigns, vote thievery or any other corruption is needed to keep that party in power.

Of course, no one who was not a member of those two or three hundred families would have a reason on earth to support such a program.  It became obvious forty or fifty years ago that anyone who paid attention to political reality in the United States could easily see what was happening.  The answer to this problem was not a commitment to political morality from that party, but to generate a voting base which was oblivious to, and contemptuous of, fact, and which voted totally based on hatred, greed and the hunger for violence which, unfortunately, lies dormant in so many of us.  It was the very justifiable opinion of this party that they could control these feral voters, simply because they knew that the other party would never stoop to the degenerate tactics necessary to generate this kind of rage. 

Unfortunately for everyone, once the forces within people that control their worst instincts- call them what you will, conscience, morals, whatever- have been neutralized, the resulting behavior cannot be constrained to the voting booth.  And thus, hatred and violence stalk the land.

The only answer to this problem (short of giving in and living in a dystopian hell) is to destroy that political party, and see to it that all of its leaders pay the price for the abomination they knowingly created. There is no reforming people once they have gone this far down the road to inhumanity; they must be done away with so the rest of us can get back to living lives that are not consumed with fighting this evil.

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, I know that I am violating my New Years' resolution not to deal with wingnuts any more, but with things getting worse and worse for Trump every day, they are really having to work overtime to keep the lies flowing, so here we go:

Let's just start out with a source that doesn't make it into Wingnut Wrapup that much:

Mark Theissen, Washington Post:  "Democrats are crippling America’s response to Russian interference"

Yes, it's Democrats, DEMOCRATS!  who are crippling America's response to Russian interference!  Because, you see, according to Mark Theissen, a "fellow" at the right wing lie factory The American Enterprise Institute, and therefore fully qualified to be published at one of the top newspapers in the country:

"What it does not show is any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Quite the opposite, the indictment shows evidence of a lack of collusion."

No rational human being on earth could possibly believe that at this point, but Mark and all the other paid Conservative liars are going to bleat the claim out over and over again, in a (likely successful) effort to blot out the truth, as they have done hundreds of times before.

Well, even Mark has to admit that:

"The Russians did develop a preference for Trump, but their effort was much bigger than Trump"

Yeah, you son of a bitch.  Their effort was to undermine our country.  Trump was just their willing tool. 

What the hell does the Washington Post think they are doing publishing things like this?  Oh well, at least they are not paying David Brooks to lie in their faces every week for fifteen years, I guess.  That makes them marginally better than the New York Times.

And a note here:   I am going to just skip the Conservative outrage that a movie which opened last week could succeed at the box office despite being about BLACK PEOPLE!  The whole thing is just too depressing for me, but if you would like to see more on the subject, I suggest you read an article by Roy Edroso, who covers the issue fully, as he is wont to do.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled garbage:

Bernard Goldberg, Town Hall:  "while everyone agrees mentally ill people shouldn't be allowed to buy guns, how do we determine that someone is mentally ill until he does something that really proves it?"

Everyone agrees mentally ill people shouldn't be allowed to buy guns?  How about one Donald Trump, who as the first major act of his "presidency," did away with the Federal regulations preventing mentally ill people from buying guns?  How about the Republican party, which virtually unanimously supported him when he did that?  How about the millions of members of the NRA, which campaigned long and loudly to get him to do that?  Everyone agrees, at least for a few days, until enough people forget about the latest school shooting, and the gun dealers and their paid Republican stooges can get back to their real business.

Thomas J. Farnan, Town Hall:  "Have You No Sense of Decency, Robert Mueller, At Long Last?"

Ha.  You've got to laugh, I guess about Republicans projecting their worst behavior ever onto whoever gets in the way of their criminality.

"The present Russian investigation hit its “have you no sense of decency” moment last week when Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for defrauding America.  There is no evidence that they influenced anything."

No evidence that any Republican will ever accept, that is.

"A British subject, Christopher Steele, coordinated with seedy Russians to produce a salacious and unverified dossier"

A "British subject," who just happened to be the long time head of the Russia desk at MI6.  He spent his whole career chasing down and exposing Russian spies, and now all of a sudden, he "coordinated" with the Russians.  No lie is too big when you are a Republican.

Chris Reeves, Town Hall:  "Prominent #MeToo Feminist Legislator Accused of Serial Alcohol-Fueled Sexual Misconduct"

She got drunk and fucked a lot.  That certainly puts an end to the entire feminist movement for all time, I guess.

Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "400 Pound Geniuses, Russia's Wildest Dreams, and More Commentary from President Trump"

Commentary?  A screaming tantrum is not a commentary.

Bonchie, Red State:  "Yes, Russia Tried To Interfere In The Election…No, It’s Not Like Pearl Harbor"

Hey, a little sabotage of our electoral system, aided by its chief beneficiary, who now sits in the White House..what's the big deal?  Let's all calm down here and just shut up.  Of course it was perfectly okay for Republicans to accuse Obama of every kind of crime and perversion on earth without a shred of evidence, but this is different...this is Democrats accusing Republicans, something which is clearly out of bounds, no matter how much evidence they have.

"there is zero comparison, either via seriousness or scale, to the attacks on Pearl Harbor or 9/11."

You know what, Bonchie?  Yeah, a bunch of terrorists killed a couple thousand people on 9/11, but beyond encouraging the right in this country to go on a two decades long rage attack, they really didn't accomplish much more than that. Trump, with the enabling of the Republican Congress is rapidly turning this country into a fascist dictatorship.  That is a hundred times worse than what happened on 9/11.  And as for Pearl Harbor, I just don't remember anyone comparing this to Pearl Harbor, except you, Bonchie.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Mike Rowe Presents A Level Headed Suggestion About The Florida Shooting"

The suggestion?  Do nothing.  I don't really think that's the first time I have heard that suggestion.

John Hawkins, PJ Media:  "What Liberals Don’t Understand: A Serious Attempt at Gun Confiscation Could Lead to Civil War"

A civil war, yeah!  Just what they've been craving for a century and a half, since the last one worked out so well for them.  I can hardly wait either- it'll be these guys

versus these guys

That's going to make for some good TV.

A little more from John:

"Liberals love to fantasize about confiscating every gun in America."

They do?  I never heard that.

"Or, alternately, D.C. could hire goon squads in local communities to go house to house to confiscate weapons."

Goon squads, aka police, a group that wingnuts just love when they are shooting unarmed black people, or doing something else that right wingers approve of.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Liberals Have Meltdown Over CPAC Speaker"

I just included this to remind you how important it is to right wingers to imagine that liberals are having "meltdowns" over everything the right does.  Angering liberals is their number one purpose in life, because they are not adults, they are really little children throwing tantrums.  In the end, they know they are not going to get what they want, but it's some satisfaction to them to make everyone else as miserable as possible in the process.

And just to make things clear, the speaker in question is Marine Le Pen, so we can translate "French nationalist" as "Nazi," which she is.  Great move, deciding to be lectured by a Nazi.  No sense hiding what you are at any more, Conservatives.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Judge Orders Mueller to Provide Flynn’s Attorneys With 'Any Exculpatory Evidence'"

The obvious duty of any prosecutor, here presented as some sort of major blow to Mueller.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Social Media Censorship Panel at CPAC, with — Pamela Geller, James O’Keefe, Jim Hoft, James Damore, Harmeet Dillon, Dan Gainor"

The most nauseating panel in human history.

Lucian Wintrip, Gateway Pundit:  "Raj Shah Blasts Dems: Unlike Obama Administration POTUS Trump Actually Is Holding The Russians Accountable"

This is the sort of "reporting" you can expect when people like Gateway Pundit are given White House press credentials- i.e. lying both about Obama and Trump. 

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "JILL STEIN: Media And Democrats Were The Real Meddlers In 2016"

The mighty progressive, Jill Stein.  Jill, I am sure you are thrilled to be making common cause with Jim Hoft, Jill.

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "Learn what America means to young Ohio patriot Cannon Wagner"

Uh huh.  What kind of political views can you expect from someone whose parents named them "Cannon?"  And by the way, Cannon is supposedly eight years old.  I'm not going to link to this piece of garbage, but  here's a small sample:

"So, I think that even though I'm just a kid I have a responsibility to my country and my people. Daddy tells me that by simply keeping my grades up and helping around the house and being a good friend and neighbor helps my country. So, I pray to God thanking him for putting me in America with my family and friends and even my little brother Troy. Well I think that's all I got to say."

Well, trust me on this: the article has as much chance of being written by an eight year old as it does of being written by a German Shepherd.

Amanda Batchelor, Renew America:  "'FBI director needs to resign,' Gov. Rick Scott says after FBI admits to failing to investigate tip"

And what does Gov. Rick Scott need to do after spending years fighting every kind of gun restriction or legislation on the face of the earth?  Oh, just take more money from the NRA and hold his breath until everyone forgets about the latest shooting?  I suppose I should have guessed that would be the answer.

Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Reading, Writing, and Return Fire...Whether it be terrorists or armed loons, we all live in a war zone these days"

Do we? Do all of us risk imminent death every time we go out of our doors?  Or do we live our lives pretty much the same way people did fifty or a hundred years ago, going about our daily business without any measurable risk of being killed by a right wing fanatic or deranged lunatic?  We need to think about whose interest is served by keeping half the population in a state of near panic, which only serves to make it likely that our entire country will descend into a war zone.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Dems fear 'slow-motion train wreck' in midterms...The smarter Dems have caught on to how screwed they are."

An interesting read from Mr. Lifson, who, curiously, fails to name one single Democrat who has said anything like this.  Well, just take his word for it.  Because would Republicans lie to you?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Did the Russians really spend 'millions' trying to swing the election?  Where's the evidence?"

Nowhere that will induce anyone like Lifson to ever admit that it's there, that's for sure.  After all, if Republicans just refuse to look at the evidence, it doesn't exist.

Kevin Daley, Daily Caller:  "A State Court Gave Dems A Big Boost For The Midterms. Now Trump Wants SCOTUS Involved."

The big boost being, of course, a demand for Congressional districts that were not gerrymandered by Pennsylvania's Republican controlled legislature to favor Republicans, as is now the case.  Fairness favors the Democrats, so out with fairness.

And let's just head into Peak Lying Mode, and get it over with:

John White, Your News Wire:  "Citizen journalist Jenny Moonstone has interviewed Parkland survivors who reveal that the Secret Service held drills at the the school prior to the shooting that left 17 dead. According to Moonstone, multiple witnesses describe a 2nd shooter, FBI raids in town on Thursday night, and Secret Service drills last month at the school – all of which challenge the official narrative. Might this hold answers as to why the FBI failed to do anything about Nikolas Cruz?"

Jenny Moonstone....

"Jenny Moonstone happens to be an alternative you-tuber who found herself on the inside of the story when massacre came to her town of Parkland, Florida."

Okay then.  I thought I would just see who this Jenny Moonstone was, and the first thing I came up with was an hour long You Tube video raving about Pizzagate.  I'm not sure if she ever moved on to any other topics, because after a couple of minutes I had as much as I could take.  By the time I gave up, Jenny was claiming that the Clintons had murdered a couple of rock musicians (I think, because it's all so incoherent.)  This is right wing journalism at its finest.

And a few more headlines from Your News Wire:

"Disastrous’ Flu Shot Is Causing Deadly Flu Outbreak""Texas Church Shooter Was Antifa Member Who Vowed To Start Civil War""I Was In The Illuminati I’m Going To Tell You Everything, Shocking Expose""Young Boy Recounts Past Life As 1930’s Hollywood Star"

And this shocking story:

"Swiss Scientists Say Atlantis Was On Mars & Traded With Ancient Egypt"

There was a Trump casino there too.  Okay then, we'll just go out with a quote from Jenny:

"Don't stand in the way of the people who have the drive, the time and the initiative to do the research...If you deny Pizzagate, you are dead to me."

Dead, I tell you, dead.

Al Weisman, Freedom Daily:  "POLITICSBREAKING!! Trump Just Received HIGHEST Honor! He Just Beat Out President Ronald Reagan!"

Amazing!  And what is that honor, you are surely asking:

"According to the highly prestigious conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job during the first year of his presidency..."

Remarkable.  That's for sure.

"His accomplishments are surprisingly a lot better than the American Conservative icon that was President Ronald Reagan!  The heritage foundation is rightly so calling President Donald Trump the most conservative president they have ever rated."

As if that was ever in doubt. And Freedom Daily isn't done today!

Liberty Belle, Freedom Daily:  "BREAKING!! Obama in Full PANIC After They Found EVERYTHING He Tried To Hide!"

Everything!  They found EVERYTHING!!!!!!  It's all over now!

Well, at least Wingnut Wrapup is over.  For now.  Count your blessings.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tell Us Something We Didn't Know

News just in from an article at Daily Kos.  The article quotes one in the New York Times, but I'm sorry- the New York Times isn't any more deserving of a link these days than Gateway Pundit:

"A leading association of political scientists have released the data from their most recent survey and a ratings-obsessed Donald Trump is not going to be happy. They detailed their findings in the New York Times:

"James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation’s worst president by our current president, Trump.

His Oval Office predecessor, Barack Obama, shot into the Top 10, up from 18th in the previous survey"

 Have a nice day, asshole.  By which I mean I hope you are getting a head start on packing for prison so you will be ready if your corrupt party can't keep you out of where you belong.