Thursday, October 20, 2016

Trump To Accept Results

From a rally today, this announcement by Donald Trump:

Democracy at work, folks- Democracy Republican Style, anyway.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Miracles Never Stop This Year

The Tribe is In the Series!

Green Eagle's California Proposition Guide

This post will be of marginal interest to anyone that does not live in California, but the situation with propositions in California is so confusing this year- the California State voter guide runs to over 200 pages- that I thought I would try to sort some of this out.

I want to first talk about the way I customarily evaluate these propositions.  Anyone who has watched the metastasis of the process of putting propositions on the ballot over recent decades knows that many of them are deceptively written by corporate shills, and it is almost impossible to figure out what they are really about.  So, I have found that the most reliable guide to whether these propositions are good or bad is to look at the statements in the voter guide for and against the propositions, and see who is advocating and opposing them.  In the great majority of cases, I have found, you need look no farther to make your decision.  For example, if the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association is for a proposition, you can be sure it is a corporate missile aimed right at the population of California.  So, in analyzing these propositions, I will often not have to go farther than that.

Well, let's get to work:

Proposition 51: A proposition to authorize funding for construction and modernization of schools and community colleges.

For:  PTA, Retired Teachers Association, Community College League of California

Against: California Taxpayer Action Network, whatever that is.  I could find no information online about where they get their money, but the name should be clue enough about who they are.

Verdict YES on Proposition 51

Proposition 52:  Extends an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Med-Cal services.

For:  California Hospital Association, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Senior Advocacy League

Against:  Three people with no stated affiliation.

Verdict:  It's not like, say, the California Hospital Association, would be above promoting a proposition out of mere self- interest, but it is interesting that no known organization was willing to speak out against the measure.  Verdict: A qualified YES on Proposition 52, based on who is for or against it.

Proposition 53:  Requires Statewide voter approval before any bond issue over $2 billion can be approved.

I was already suspicious of this one, as it would make it extremely difficult for the State government to meet its obligations- face it, $2 billion is just not that much money in a State with over 40 million people.

For:  Dino Cortopassi, described as a "retired farmer" in the voters' handbook, but actually a massively wealthy real estate investor who is the sole funder of this measure, a retired sheriff, and (we've been waiting for it) the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association

Against: California Professional Firefighters, Association of California Water Agencies, California Office of Emergency Services

The intent of this proposition is essentially to destroy Jerry Brown's high speed rail initiative, large scale water allocation projects and anything else that costs the government real money.  Verdict:  NO on proposition 53.

Proposition 54:  Places some limits on the ability of the legislature to pass bills, particularly imposing a 72 hour period between introduction and passage of bills, to allow for public input.

For:  League of Women Voters, California Planning and Conservation League, California Chamber of Commerce

Against:  Californians for an Effective Legislature

This one is a little complicated, and requires a little more knowledge about what is going on here.  This proposition was solely financed by one billionaire, Charles Munger.  His intent with the 72 hour waiting period is not really to give citizens access, but to allow him and his fellow rich guys to gin up a publicity campaign against anything they don't want passed.  I'm troubled with the support of the League of Women Voters here, but the Chamber of Commerce being involved is almost an immediate red flag.

Please note that a number of other propositions have arguments from the "California Senior Advocates League."  This is a right wing front group financed by the aforementioned Charles Munger, and a number of malicious corporate front groups.

Verdict:  NO on Proposition 54

Proposition 55:  Extends a tax increase on those earning over $250,000 a year, primarily to fund schools.

For: California State PTA, Childrens' Defense Fund, California State Superintendant of Public Instruction

Against:  (Here they come again)  the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Verdict:  A strong YES on Proposition 55, based solely on who is for and against this.

Proposition 56:  Increased cigarette tax

For:  American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association

Against:  Former director of California State Board of Education, former director of maternal health, L.A. county department of health, Association of Orange County Ceputy Sheriffs.

A confession:  I saw my father, a smoker, die of cancer when I was a teenager, and as far as I am concerned, the "tax" on sales of cigarettes should be about twenty years in prison.

Verdict:  What do you think?  A strong YES on Proposition 56.

Proposition 57:  Allows parole for nonviolent felons and makes some other modifications in the draconian sentencing rules that have burdened the State since Reagan was our governor.

For:  Jerry Brown, Chief Probation Officers of California

Against:  San Francisco Police Officers' Association, Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, California District Attorneys Association

I'm not about to allow police and prosecutors to give themselves job security by throwing more people in jail.  Verdict: A strong YES on Proposition 57.

Proposition 58:  Deals with English proficiency in public schools

For:  California Federation of Teachers, California School Boards Association, California Language Teachers' Association

Against:  Ron Unz, "English for the Children," Oceanside Unified School District

An all star list for, and Ron Unz, one of the most belligerent right wing figures in California political history; and the school district of a very right wing California city against.  I was initially suspicious of this measure, as these sort of english-promoting measures have so often been covers for jingoistic nationalism, but here is a real case to show how important it is to know who is supporting and attacking the proposition.

Verdict:  a strong YES on Proposition 58.

Proposition 59:  Deals with an attempt to have the California government take a stand on repealing Citizens' United

I'm not even bothering with the for and against arguments for this one.  Any enemy of Citizens' United is a friend of mine.

Verdict: YES on Proposition 59

Proposition 60:  Requires condom usage for adult film actors

Hold it- I really don't care how anyone votes on this one.  Sorry.

Proposition 61:  Requires the State to buy prescription drugs at the lowest price

For:  California Nursing Association/National Nurses Organization, AARP California, Art Torres, retired chair of the California Democratic Party

Against:  Vererans of Foreign Wars, Latino Diabetes Association, California Association of Rural Health Clinics

Honestly, I don't know who got promised what to have these three groups sign up against this bill. Verdict: A clear YES on Proposition 61.

Proposition 62:  Repeals the death penalty in California

For:  A former long-time California death row warden, and the author of California's current death penalty law

Against:  DA of San Bernardino County, Peace Officers Research Association of California, Marc Klaas, father of famous murder victim Polly Klaas.

Just to be clear, the  "Peace Officers Research Association of California" is not a research organization at all, but a lobbying outfit.  Again, I have to say that, after all I have seen in my life, I believe that certain acts do deserve the death penalty, but it is also clear to me that there are now over 700 death row inmates in California, with only 13 having been executed in the last 40 years.  I think we need to face the fact that it is unlikely that any of the rest are going to be executed, and divest ourself of the monstrous cost of keeping them on death row.  Verdict, a qualified YES on Proposition 62.

Proposition 63:  Requires background checks to purchase ammunition.  Prohibits large-capacity magazines

For:  Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, Dianne Feinstein, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Against:  California State Sheriffs Association, California Reserve Peace Officers Association, Coalition for Civil Liberties

The "Coalition for Civil Liberties" appears to be a front group for the NRA.  Why those other two groups want more armed people out there with the ability to kill them is anyone's guess.  Verdict:  In this crazy era, there is nothing we can do to tamp down gun violence but nibble around the edges of gun proliferation.  Still, it's something.  Verdict: a strong YES on Proposition 63.

Proposition 64:  Marijuana Legalization

Whoopee!  Who Cares who is for it or aganst it!

Verdict:  a strong YES on Proposition 64.

Proposition 65:  Requires money collected by stores for carryout bags to be used for environmental purposes, and not to just increase their profits.

For:  California Taxpayer Protection Committee, California Senior Advocates League

Against:  Californians Against Waste

Here's one where the groups for and against it don't seem to tell us much, except the California Senior Advocates League, about which see the comment above on proposition 54.  So I have to rely on that dreaded criterion, my own judgment, which tells me that $300 million in the hands of environmentalists is a much better thing than $300 million more in the pockets of supermarket chains.  Verdict:  YES on Proposition 65

Proposition 66:  Changes appeal process for death penalty cases, exempts prison officials from regulations regarding execution methods.

For:  Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association, one random prosecutor and one random family member of a murder victim

Against:  California Death Row Warden- 1999-2004, Antonio Villaraigosa, an innocent man sentenced to death.

Hopefully, Proposition 62 will pass and all of this will be moot, but in any case, I will vote against this useless and vindictive measure.  Verdict: NO on Proposition 66.

Proposition 67:  Ban on single-use plastic bags

For:  Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Ocean Protection Council, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

Against:  California Manufacturers & Technology Association, California Taxpayer Protection Committee, California Senior Advocates League

A clear example of taking some small measure to protect the environment versus pure corporate greed.  Verdict:  A strong YES on Proposition 67.

And there you go.  Not much value if you are not from California, and perhaps not if you are from here, but this is a particularly difficult election for propositions, and I hope it helps someone beyond me and my own family in sorting it all out.

Wingnut Wrapup

Oh man, let's just start off with this one:

World Politicus:  "Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Signs Off On Obama’s Removal For Treason… His Career Is Over...According to recent reports, Chief Justice John Roberts might have signed off on Interpol to have Obama impeached on the grounds of multiple counts of treason."

Reports by whom?  Certainly no one that knows a thing about American law.  First of all, of course, "Interpol" cannot have Obama removed for treason; only Congress can do that.  Second, Roberts cannot "sign off" on any criminal prosecution.  As Chief Justice, it is none of his business unless the person is convicted and their conviction is appealed to the Supreme  Court, which cannot in any event ever happen to a sitting President.  Third, do you think a Chief Justice would really be stupid enough to announce this effective coup attempt in public?  Man, this is a new height in Republican idiocy.

Except for maybe this, the worst attempt to gin up a Hillary scandal in the whole election:

World Net Daily:  "Hillary bus caught illegally dumping poop in street"

Yup, that's a real story at World Net Daily, now being picked up by wingnut sites around the country.  Just the ticket to bring the whole Hillary campaign down.  And if that doesn't work, how about this?

Marisa Schultz, New York Post:  "Hillary Clinton accused of stealing furniture from the State Department"

God, that's too pathetic to even comment on.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Conservative Christians, Be Assured That President Hillary Clinton Will Declare War On You"

Bullshit.  Now they know they are losing so bad that they have to drive their supporters into a blind panic to get them to vote for Trump.  If Hillary's bus pooping in the street doesn't do the trick.

Cortney O'Brien:  "Why Giuliani Doesn't Believe Trump Accuser Who Claims to Have Been Assaulted in First Class"

Wrong question, Cortney.  The question should be "Why, when Rudy knows damed well that the accusations are true, is he going around in public, lying about them?"  -The answer:  He is a corrupt bastard without a shred of human decency, who is willing to collaborate with any sort of low life scum if it will keep him on the news shows.

Dan Spencer, Town Hall:  "Pence: Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky Scandal ‘The Most Appalling Behavior’ of Any President"

How about when George W. Bush started a war of aggression in an innocent country, that resulted in the deaths of a million innocent civilians?  I guess that is not as bad as a Democrat getting a blow job.

Tyler O,Neil, PJ Media:  "Vanderbilt Professor: Hillary Clinton is Proof 'Satanism is on the Rise'"

They're really losing it now.

"I would argue that Satanism itself is on the rise in the country, and I think that that's well documented," Swain declared. She argued that the deceptive tactics associated with Lucifer have infiltrated the country's political discourse, and traced that back to the leftist professor Saul Alinsky...Swain, a black woman who grew up in poverty, dropped out of college to become a single mother, but pulled herself up to become a college professor, went on to attack the "Black Lives Matter" movement."

I hope you are getting paid damed well to say things like this, lady, because if your religion turns out to be true, you are headed to a bad place after judgment day.  And by the way, Vanderbilt University, it is a mark of eternal shame on you that this woman is allowed to teach at your school.  This is not free speech, it is a clear sign of mental disability.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "What Media Won’t Tell You: ‘How to Vote Trump’ Is Crushing “How to Vote Hillary’ on Google"

More evidence of why he's called the Stupidest Man On The Internet.  Jim, Hillary's voters already know how to vote, because they have been good citizens for a long time.  The assholes that look up "how to vote Trump" probably have to start their day by googling "how to tie your shoes."

And let's keep going with Jim, while he is on a roll:

"The Elites Have NO IDEA How Angry People Really Are"

We do, however, have a pretty good idea how stupid and crazy they are.  And let's just let Jim be the spokesman for this nonsense:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WIKILEAKS Releases Podesta Emails Part #9 on Sunday Morning – More Hillary Lies"

Wikileaks...e-mails...Podesta.  Is there anyone other than Trump idiots that even pays attention to this any more?  Wikileaks is now releasing these e-mails by the thousands, and there is nothing remotely incriminating in any of them.  So just keep it up.  There's an old Yiddish saying about "Machen Gelt von Dreck."  Sorry, guys- this time around it's all dreck and no gelt.

David R. Usher, American Thinker:  "Donald Trump is leading America's third war of Independence (the first two being in 1776 and the War of 1812)."

Talk about delusions of grandeur.

"Trump's campaign touched the taproot of the Electorate. Most Americans cannot quite put a finger on the reason..."

Well, we know the reason:  there are millions of really stupid, gullible, hate and greed-filled people out there, who are so utterly clueless that they think that electing a billionaire is the way to protect themselves from the "establishment."

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "I don't know how anyone can demean women more than she has demeaned women, or present women as nothing more than pieces of meat. That's the hypocrisy we're dealing with here."

But the Clinton campaign is moving forward as the solemn protector of women's rights."

How about that for a big lie?  Tough to top that.

Linda Kimball, Renew America:  "Progressive leftism: the serpent's blood-soaked ideology of deception, malice, and madness"

Well, don't hold back, girl.  Tell us how you really feel.  Anyway, I tried to read more of this article- one of the most turgid, irrational things I have ever seen.  Don't try it yourself, unless you are either a professional or have a large supply of valium at hand.

Newsmax:  "Poll: Clinton Heavily Favored to Win Electoral College"

I.e. to be elected President.  But they can't bring themselves to say that.

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner:  "Donald Trump has all but disappeared from the TV news sets and press conference stages he once seemed all too eager to dominate earlier in the election, and is making it clear to the thousands of people who attend his rallies that the press is now his enemy."

No, Eddie, what it is making clear is that Trump finally realizes that the more the public sees him, the more they hate him.

Larry Klayman, World Net Daily:  "On the precipice of total Clinton tyranny!"

Ha ha.  Larry Klayman.  Ha ha.

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:  "Man the Vote: It’s the Least You Can Do for Your Country...If only men voted, Trump would already have won."

Really? You mean that we could just call the election off, throw the Obamas into the street and put Trump in the White House? That's democracy for you.  And by the way, Clarice, if you think your fellow women and yourself shouldn't be allowed to vote, then you shouldn't be allowed to shoot your big fat ugly mouth off about anything political.  Get back in the kitchen where you belong, and do the dishes.

Stewart Lawrence, Daily Caller:  "Under Siege, Trump Needs To Call On Melania.  Now is the time when her special insight and reassurance are most needed."

"Special Insight."  Into what, I wonder?  how to parlay your looks into a marriage with a rich scum?

Philip Stuckey, Daily Caller:  "Gingrich: Trump Would Win If It Weren't For The Media"

I.e. if all people had to go on were Republican lies and smears.


Why not?


Boy, you'd have to explain to me why she'd want it before I believe that one.

And let's all welcome a new visitor to Wingnut Wrapup:

American Reviewer:  "George Soros RIGGED Voting Machines in These 16 STATES! Is YOUR STATE On The List??"

Man, that Soros guy must be some kind of mechanic to have done that all by himself.

American Reviewer:  "BREAKING: Julian Assange of WIKILEAKS Was Just KILLED OFF … Please Pray"

Why pray if he's already dead?  P.S.- he's not. He just had his twitter feed cut off.  I know this is the cyber age, but still, cutting off your twitter feed doesn't really kill you.  Bet you are surprised to hear that.

"The details surrounding the situation are scarce"

You betcha they are.  So scarce that they don't exist.  Not scarce enough, however, to prevent them from asking:

"Do you think Hillary Clinton is behind this??"

Or, as long as we are reporting utterly preposterous claims, how about this one?


Well, since he didn't do any such thing, no sense wasting time on their other false claims.  So, let's just go out on this one:

American Reviewer:  "SH0CKING VIDEO SURFACES of BARACK OBAMA From 1995 Revealing WHO HE REALLY IS"

A black man.  That is what the video reveals, clearly and for anyone to see.  He's really a black man.  Shocking!  If only more Americans had known this in 2008, we never would have to have suffered through eight years of job growth, tripling of the Dow, adding 20 million people to the rolls of the insured, avoiding three trillion dollar foreign aggressions, etc.

And is there anyone on earth that would believe this one?

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "After First Posing Nude, Madonna Now Offering Sexual Favors For Voting For Hillary"

Sounds more like a Trump tactic to me.  Melania, I hope you're rested up.  Time to earn your keep.

And this news just in:

Gateway Pundit:  "ACTUARIAL REVIEW: Analysis of Recent Polls Shows Trump Win and Possible Landslide"

In other news from the same world:  Witcher Geralt of Rivia defeats the master vampire Detlaf to restore peace!

P.S.- Geralt is voting for Hillary.
Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "What if There Were a National Conservative Party?"

That's an easy question to answer, because it has been tried.  In Germany, in the 1930's and 1940's.

And that's all I can take.  Believe me, it goes on and on at this point.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Shape of Things To Come

For the next few weeks, anyway.

First of all, what are we going to see from Trump at the debate tomorrow?  He is now farther behind in the polls than any winning candidate has ever been since the dawn of modern polling.  That is only about 12 Presidential elections ago, so it may not be an ironclad guarantee that he will lose on November 8th, but it sure as hell isn't good news for Republicans.

He has two chances tomorrow night: either try to play it really cool and count on the press and the short memory of the American people to forget his disasters of the last couple of weeks, and let him try to climb back into the race; or go for the hail Mary pass and be as vicious and tell as many lies as he can in ninety minutes.  I believe a rational person would go for the first choice, and at least go down with some shred of intact dignity, but that is not Donald Trump.  We've seen Hillary get to him many times, with just a few well-placed sentences, and I think that is what she has on tap for him tomorrow.  I see virtually no chance that he can resist the temptation, and in fact there is a good possibility that we may see a colossal explosion from him, the likes of which we have never encountered in an election before.  And let's face it- at this point, the people that are going to tune into the debate tomorrow have no hope of seeing a real discussion of issues, and are (including myself) far more like people who watch car races solely to see the wrecks.

And after the debate?  At this point, Trump needs a spectacular win tomorrow to even begin to erode Hillary's lead, and she has certainly demonstrated her ability to deny that to him.  Then, I am afraid, Trump's undermining of what is left of our democratic process will begin in earnest, with the open incitement of violent rebellion.  It will be a grand finale to the greatest electoral fireworks display in living memory.  All we have to worry about then is whether he can actually lead any number of his followers to carry out his treasonous program.  So, here is what I have to say about that.

As readers of my blog may have noticed, I have followed groups that have tried to incite violent right wing rebellion against this country fairly closely the last couple of decades.  And in every case, here is what has happened:  First, the use of the media, mainly Fox News and the right wing websites I monitor, to massively publicize events at which the rebellion is to start, milking every penny from the rubes they can, and then the event, which every single time is a colossal failure, lucky to attract one or two percent of the projected attendees, which humiliation is then utterly ignored by both the right wing and mainstream press, lest it undermine their claims about the huge number of people out there who are supposedly ready to actually fight the government, and then the process starts all over again.

One of these days, however, this incitement is bound to reach a sort of critical mass, at which point some number of the militia loons, sovereign citizens, Aryan supremacists, Confederate diehards, Evangelicals, etc. will actually start pulling triggers, as perhaps almost happened at the Bundy ranch standoff.  I will categorically state that, based on my long observation of such things, the threat to the nation as a whole will be absolutely zero, but the ugliness could be immense, and a number of innocent people may be destroyed in the process.  Sad to say, rather than taking the chance to crush this sort of thing out of existence for good, by imprisoning all of the leaders and active participants for treason, the government is far more likely to take a conciliatory position, letting the vast majority of these terrorists off, and guaranteeing that the whole process will immediately start again.

And with there being no likelihood that the Republican party will learn a thing from what it has wrought, things will only get worse and worse as time goes on.  At some point, domestic fascists and racists have to be treated the same way we have treated those from other countries that have attacked us, or we are all going to wake up one day in a dictatorship.

Green Eagle's Investment Guide

Green Eagle is recommending that, if you want to make a quick killing in the stock market, you invest in companies that manufacture pitchforks.  I hear there is going to be a huge demand for them after November 8th.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Really Important History Lesson

And another reason why they had to force this guy out of the mainstream press.  Please take the time to watch this, as it is massively instructive about where our country is today:

McCain Spills The Beans

The apparently senile John McCain let the cat out of the bag today, about Republicans' intentions regarding the Supreme Court if Hillary is elected President:

“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” McCain told Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano. “I promise you. This is where we need the majority"

Of course, when he realized what he had said, he tried to walk it back, but really, there is nothing unclear about "we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up"

So much for the pretense, which any rational person knew was a lie, about leaving the choice of the next Supreme Court Justice to "the next President."  That only applied, as McCain verified, if the next President turned out to be a Republican, because this is not about some ludicrous notion of popular opinion, it was always about cramming another right wing, corrupt monster like Antonin Scalia down our throats, so the Republicans' rich backers could continue to savage the country to sate their own greed.

Do not expect a thing to be any different than what McCain describes.  If they have a majority in the Senate, Hillary can sit year after year, not seeing a Supreme Court Justice of her choice approved, regardless of the clear Constitutional duty of the Senate.  And if they are a seat or two short of a majority, they will use filibusters and every dirty trick on earth to see that the same thing happens.

And please remember, this treacherous behavior will not be confined to this issue. When Obama was elected and the Republicans decided to do everything they could to sabotage him, the decision was taken in secret, and was at least not made until after the election.  This time around, they don't give a damn who knows what they are up to.  They have not learned a single positive lesson from what happened with Obama.  This time around, they will be twice as intransigent, and twice as committed to destroying the government's ability to function.

This party is mad.  And like a mad dog it needs to be put down.  Maybe some halfway sane Conservative party would take its place, and maybe it will just fracture into a number of largely regional parties that stand for little more than hatred and violence.  Either way, the time has come when the dreaded one-party rule, if that party is the Democratic one, is manifestly superior to allowing the Republicans to have a voice in the running of our country.  Of course, I have no more faith in Hillary than I did in Barack to actually plunge the stake in and finally see the end of this curse, so we are undoubtedly doomed to at least eight more years of Republicans' eating away at the United States from within, punctuated every couple of years by a massively funded, vicious electoral circus like that which we have had to endure for the last year.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

When Does It Stop Being Just Fascism, and Become Nazism?

I think when your candidate starts railing about his opponent being in league with "international bankers," you are getting pretty damned close.

They're Back to Flacking for Trump

I got up this morning to make a pot of chili for a pot-luck party today, and while I was cooking I turned the TV on.  It was on MSNBC.  I watched for an hour or an hour or a half, and the entire time, what I saw was virtually unending footage of Trump telling his lies and smears against Hillary his accusers, and the whole fantasy conspiracy to defeat him in a rigged election, alternated with an interview of a Southern Baptist leader who spent his five or ten minutes of uninterrupted time smearing Hillary, and trying to see that even people that won't vote for Trump will not vote for Hillary either.  Trump was broadcast over and over again saying what he says, with nothing but the most anemic pushback, and often no pushback at all, from the hosts.  No sign of Hillary or any of her spokesmen the entire time.

Now, let me explain this to anyone who doesn't get it yet.  In the last few weeks, the press has pulled back from Trump.  Is that because the sociopathic capitalists who own the mainstream media in this country suddenly developed a conscience?  Don't make me laugh.  It is because these rich monsters, who always favor Republicans, because they own the Republican party, realized that if this particular Republican becomes President, the odds are overwhelming that he is going to cause a worldwide depression, which will ruin them all.  So, through the expedient of just occasionally having their reporters tell a small part of the truth about Trump, they effectively crushed him.  Right now, it looks very unlikely that Trump could ever mount a comeback by election day.  But at the same time, they will do anything they can to prevent Hillary from having anything that looks like a mandate, so they are now trying to undermine her enough to make her win as small as possible.

This type of tampering with our elections by the hyper-rich poses as much a threat to us as Trump himself; in fact it is the hatred and greed that their propaganda has fostered for decades that created Trump.  It is so important to remember that Trump did not create his base; the base created him.  That base was created by the Kochs, and the Waltons and Sheldon Adelson and a couple hundred other evil families, and it will still be there when Trump is thrown on the trash heap.  And, its hunger will be unsated, which promises worse to come in the future.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, it's been a few days since Trump's disgrace in debate number two, so I suspect the right wingers are coming out of their stunned silence with a new pack of excuses.  Here's a taste:

First, of course, the beginning of a new tsunami of voter fraud stories:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Caught on Tape: Democratic Election Official Admits, 'There is a Lot of Voter Fraud'

Despite the actual evidence that there is no such thing.  By the way, this is another video by James O'Keefe, so we know just how much to trust that it isn't a phony editing job by a right wing hack..

"it's practically an article of faith on the Left that voter fraud is a non-existent problem "

Given the fact that there are less than a hundred documented cases of voter fraud across the United States in the last decade or so, out of hundreds of millions of votes cast, and that many of them seem to have been the result of failure to understand the laws, not some criminal scheme, I guess we could rewrite the above to say "it's practically an article of faith on the Left that true things are actually true. We on the right categorically reject such an unsophisticated understanding of reality."

And the media is rigged:

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Clinton's Close Relationship With Media Continues, Campaign Boasts About How Interviewers Were "For Her"

You mean the the media actually doesn't want nuclear war and worldwide depression?  Man, are they in the tank for Democrats.

And one of the most revolting Conservative smears about the press being in the tank for Democrats that I have ever seen:

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "CNN Sitting On 'Obama ERECTION' Video ... Since 2008?...Back in 2008, at least a portion of the below video of Obama flaunting himself did appear on CNN's website.  However, no media coverage made any reference to lewdness. Just of the unremarkable news that Obama was ... wearing jeans...liberal media bias is at the center of this controversy, too."

The photo accompanying this article shows no such thing, of course, but we are assured that in some other part of the video, which no longer exists, that is what you can see.  Can you imagine a story more degraded than this?  What did we ever do to deserve having our Presidential election turned into an orgy of sexual smears?

And how about, "Fuck the polls- we are really winning!"

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "MASSIVE CROWD FOR TRUMP in Ocala, Florida – Supporters Park Car and WALK A MILE to See TRUMP.  Despite the constant media attacks and lies — CLEARLY Their is ONE CANDIDATE This year who has stolen the hearts of everyday Americans. "

They WALKED A MILE!!!!!!!  Well, wonderful for them.  Anyway, I don't know about stealing their hearts, but if they are female, they had better make sure he doesn't steal their panties.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "New Poll: Donald Trump Takes the Lead Over Hillary Clinton"

A poll by Rasmussen, the Republican party propaganda factory.  The last time Rasmussen called an election correctly was the day before Trump got sex without either buying it or forcing himself on someone.

And how about "Screw  the truth, we're going to do whatever we want"?

D.C. McAlister, PJ Media:  "A Conservative Woman’s Defense of the Brave Men Who Support Trump-The men who are fighting for a Trump victory are not cowards."

No, they are not cowards, they are disgusting subhumans.

"I have to laugh at this hysteria. What Puritanical world has this woman been living in? Does she know nothing?"

What "puritanical" world?  Maybe the one which still retains some meager scrap of human decency?

And if that doesn't work, how about just going all out and embracing complete delusion:

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "Why Trump will prevail...The Trump campaign should be throwing thank-you bouquets at Hillary's minions for unearthing an 11-year-old video of the businessman speaking raunchily about women to Hollywood Access host Billy Bush. Why? 
It demonstrates the sheer panic the Hillary campaign is in at the devolving internal-poll numbers that show the ailing candidate barely keeping her [involuntarily] bobbling chin above the water line of decisive failure."

Yeah, and the polls bear that out, Joan, so keep telling yourself that, so you can scream about the rigged election after November 8.

Or just To Hell with everything, we'll say whatever we want:

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "The crass tape of Donald Trump speaking in vulgar terms about women and what he has supposedly done to them worked, ironically, in Trump's favor during the second debate."

Righto, Larry.  That's just what is happening.  You betcha.

Ericka Haas, Town Hall:  “Let’s Move On” From the Trump Tape"

Let's not, Ericka.  Let's obsess about it all day long, every single day, from now until the election.  How does that deal seem to you?  Because it's the best you are going to get.  The alternative is going to be even worse coming out about Trump, which is almost certain to be what is about to happen.

And now, perhaps the worst lie of the week, and from whom else?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Anonymous: Video of Bill Clinton Raping 13 Yr-Old Girl Will Plunge Race into Chaos"

Jim also claims:

"Anonymous claims the video will plunge the presidential race into chaos.  The video was released this week."

The video was released this week.  And the press is ignoring it.  Right, Jim.  If you are interested, you can watch it here.

I wouldn't bother if I were you, because the video, loosely aping Anonymous' style, contains not one frame of Bill Clinton or anything else, other than a guy in a Guy Fawkes mask making a bunch of disgusting, unproven claims.  Expect a lot more of this in the next month.

And more from Jim:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "CLINTON CARTEL SCRAPES BOTTOM=> Accuses Trump and Assange of Sex Crimes to Stop Bleeding"

"Bleeding" apparently being the new wingnut euphemism for "beating the hell out of us."

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Trump Puts Question Mark on Paul Ryan's Future"

I think it might be more appropriate to say that Ryan put a question mark on his own future, by being a craven jackass, but since when has that really been a disqualifier for right wingers.  Don't worry, all will be forgiven, and Paul will be right back in there, steering the nation toward oblivion.

Senator David Perdue, Town Hall:  "I Say We Are Doing Our Job"

By not voting on Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.  Well, Senator Perdue, I say that is only true if you think your job is to ruin the country, which, judging from Republican behavior the last thirty years, is probably true.  Perdue continues:

"The upcoming presidential election will not only determine the direction of our country, but also serve as a referendum on the balance of the Supreme Court for generations."

Let's see if that is still his attitude after Hillary wins, when he will undoubtedly graciously assent to anyone she picks, right?

Mark Davis, Town Hall:  "Right Now, There Are Only Two Kinds of Conservatives"

Yeah, stupid ones and crooked ones.

And well, what would the day be without some more lunatic craziness from The Stupidest Man On The Internet?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WIKILEAKS BOMBSHELL: Hillary Advisors Admit She “HATES EVERYDAY AMERICANS”

Right.  And now, from Jim, a new crime:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Wikileaks Documents Show Hillary Clinton ‘Read from a Prepared Script’ During MSNBC Interview"

She read from a script!  Off to prison with her!  I'm guessing Republicans are trying to make that a crime, since their candidate seems incapable of anything but violent, hate-filled stream-of-conscience shouting.

Jenn Giroux, Renew America:  "Ohio Catholics forgive and embrace Donald Trump for President"

More shame on them.  Of course, they forgave their own priests for raping them.  What tolerant Christians.

And finally, good election news for Trump:

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's Wikipedia page was hacked on Wednesday and replaced with a graphic, NSFW picture of a woman's anatomy, along with a message that voting for Clinton will trigger a nuclear war and will enable Bill Clinton to rape people."

Yeah, that'll show HER!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Accusers

I remember the persecution of Bill Clinton over his supposed sexual exploits quite well.  The accusations made against him, which were largely utter lies, culminated in the worst abuse of Congressional power in the history of the United States, when the Republicans in Congress impeached him and came within a hair's breadth of removing him from the White House, because of a series of seemingly endless lies, culminating in this.  I have been afraid, throughout this campaign, that the Republicans would dredge this garbage up again, counting on time to have erased the disgrace they suffered in the nineties, and hoping to convince Americans that, where there was smoke, there was fire.

Three women are currently being paraded around by the Republicans as victims of Bill Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct.  They are Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey.  I want to remind people of some of the salient facts about each of them.

And here they are, with Donald himself.

Before I do this, however, I need to discuss at least two other people who have been largely forgotten: Richard Mellon Scaife and Larry Klayman.

Scaife came from a rich family in his own right, and acquired billions through his wife, an heir to the fortune of Andrew Mellon, the single figure most responsible for the Great Depression.  He used some of this money to acquire a small newspaper, and then began a career in which he spent millions promoting an endless succession of phony Clinton scandals, among them the utterly bogus Whitewater scandal, which supposedly formed the basis of the endless Republican investigations into Clinton, the death of Vincent Foster, supposed drug dealing out of a small airport in Mena, Arkansas, which he claimed was run by Bill and Hillary, and on and on, including the claims of Bill's sexual adventures, coverage of which was financed almost entirely by Scaife, until the Republicans began using public resources to take up the fight.

In later years, Scaife contributed heavily to an almost endless list of right wing propaganda factories, and financed a school of "public policy" at Pepperdine University, where he rewarded Ken Starr for his role in promoting these fake scandals by making him its head.

In brief, this vicious right wing rich guy was almost single-handedly responsible not only for inventing and promulgating most of the scandals against the Clintons, but also played a major role in creating the maze of smear factories that today crank out the endless right wing propaganda that has polluted our national discourse to the point where a degenerate like Donald Trump can be nominated by the Republican party to run for President.

The other figure that you must know about in all of this is Larry Klayman.   Klayman is the chief active persecutor of the Clintons.  He started with a group he founded in the 1990's called Judicial Watch, and then, after the inevitable split, moved on to found Freedom Watch, which continues his career of filing endless bogus lawsuits alleging every kind of impropriety against Democrats, with the occasional Republican thrown in to spice things up.  Klayman is a regular writer for World Net Daily, one of the most persistent and long-running sources of right wing lies online, and a regular here at Wingnut Wrapup.

Among the endless lawsuits Klayman filed against Clinton, were his representation of two more alleged victims of Bill's sexual advances, Dolly Kyle and Gennifer Flowers.  As these two did not appear at the last debate, we'll leave them aside; suffice it to say that both cases were summarily dismissed by the courts as utterly without merit.  Klayman has also sued Barack Obama many times, over claims that Obama had Ebola invented and released on the world, that Obama started a "race war" that was responsible for the deaths of five Dallas police officers,  and an endless list of other accusations just as idiotic.  He has filed suits on behalf of Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump, and even provided legal assistance to the Bundy family.  He even sued his own mother on one occasion.

To add to this judicial sideshow, Klayman has, on two occasions, run marches on Washington to literally physically throw Obama out of the White House.  On both occasions he promoted these marches for months, raising money from gullible right wingers and asserting that at least two million people would show up to carry out his promises.  In both cases, less than 200 marchers appeared, after which Klayman shamelessly disappeared, keeping the money he had raised.

Klayman is the major legal force, as Scaife was the major financial force behind the charges against Bill Clinton, including the charges of being a sexual abuser, which Klayman's client Donald Trump is now reviving.

As of 2002, Klayman "represented" (i.e. milked for publicity and funding )  Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Linda Tripp, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Dolly Kyle Browning, pretty much the whole herd of Clinton accusers.

Well, on to the three women who showed up at the second debate:

Juanita Broaddrick:

Here, I think is all you need to know about Juanita Broaddrick:  In the course of the Paula Jones case, where similar accusations were made against Clinton, and which was summarily dismissed by the judge for totally lacking in merit, Broaddrick gave a signed, legal deposition in which she denied all of the claims that she had had any kind of relationship with Clinton.  Then, in 1999, she fell into the hands of Larry Klayman, who persuaded her to repudiate her deposition, and allow him to begin a new round of legal actions based on her claims, all of which were thrown out of court, but not, of course, before being milked for every ounce of publicity possible.

Gennifer Flowers:

Clinton admitted to having had sex with model and actress Gennifer Flowers, one time, in 1977, two years after he was married.  Flowers admitted that she had made a half million dollars publicizing this, and claims of much more.  Later,

"Flowers sued Stephanopoulos, Carville and others in 1999 for defamation (later amending the suit in 2000 to include Hillary Clinton as a defendant), claiming that they orchestrated a campaign to discredit her. Judicial Watch represented her in her defamation ... Summary judgment dismissing the case was given by a US district court in 2004.[12] The dismissal was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in 2006."

Judicial Watch- that would be Larry Klayman again.

Kathleen Willey:

What you need to know:

"Willey hasn’t just accused Bill Clinton of groping her against her will. Willey has also launched a cornucopia of accusations about both Clintons — that they’ve stalked her, stolen from her, vandalized her things, sent “thugs” to intimidate her and even that they murdered her husband and framed it as a suicide.

Oh yeah, and Willey also floats the theory that the Clintons have it out for her pets.

In her book “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton” — published by WND Books, a subsidiary of the right-wing conspiracy theory site WorldNetDaily — Willey suggests that the Clintons hired people to run an intimidation campaign against her during the Starr investigation, in which she was asked to testify about her claims that Bill Clinton groped her.

A month before her deposition, Willey writes in her book, she let her cat Bullseye out and he never returned."

They killed her cat.  Notice, by the way, the presence of Larry Klayman's home away from home, World Net Daily, in promoting this absurd avalanche of accusations.

"Two days after her deposition, Willey writes, she found a small animal skull on her porch, which she assumed was her dead cat.

“Investigators recovered a small animal skull in Willey’s yard and sent the evidence to the FBI labs for analysis,” Newsweek reported in 1998. “Tests showed it belonged to a raccoon.”

There's more, believe it or not, but I think that's enough.

And this whole thing is enough to get a feel for the sort of people who are still casting these largely unproven accusations at the Clintons, and the real motivators of all of this, who lurk barely concealed behind them, but hidden enough to fool the mainstream press.