Monday, November 20, 2017

Charlie

So, Charlie Manson finally kicked the bucket.

Charlie had sort of loomed over us for most of our lives, an infamous, creepy, horrible and yet somehow attractive figure who etched himself permanently into American culture by acts he incited over two days in the sixties.

What has occurred to me in thinking about it is how Charlie, in a strange way, was a symbol of a much more innocent time.  These days, we have people in this country committing atrocities far worse that Charlie did, on a weekly basis, only for them to be virtually forgotten about as the next monster heaves into view.  The Las Vegas shooter, the Texas Church shooting, the Northern California guy spraying fire at a random elementary school- all in the last month or so.  And we just move on, while Charlie managed to frighten us for forty years. 

Mass murder isn't what it used to be, and in this Republican age, when the dominant political party deliberately stokes the kind of rage and hatred that produces these acts, it has been debased from a monstrous act to just another in an endless string of quickly forgotten tragedies.  One more little price we pay for allowing rich people to run everything.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I know I more or less promised to cool it with the wingnuts, but they have reached such a climax of screeching lies lately, due to the simultaneous unraveling of Trump, Jeff Sessions and their poster boy, Roy Moore, that they are really on a tear these days.  I can't even begin to get to it all.  The following is too much for a sane society, but I am really only scratching the surface here.

Angry Patriot:  "Clinton Foundation Taxes Reveal Just How Little They Give To Charity"

The Clinton Foundation is a charity, dumbass.

"In its IRS filings, the Clinton Foundation paid out over $91 million, but only roughly $5 million of that actually went to charitable grants!"

The Clinton Foudation runs its own programs.  It doesn't pay other groups to do its work, except where it cannot provide the services; thus the $5 million paid to others.  Anyone with even the most superficial knowledge of the Clinton foundation knows this, including, I am sure, the anonymous writer of this smear.

Angry Patriot:  "JUST IN: Hillary Just Got Bad News From DOJ"

Ooh, that's scary:

"We have our hopes up that (new FBI director Christopher) Wray is going to see through any deception on Mueller’s part and see through this nonsensical investigation as smoothly as possible. Once that situation is out of the way, he can proceed to take them down once and for all. We suspect that when Clinton falls, the Democratic Party is going to fall behind her."

In other words, she didn't get bad news from the DOJ; they've got nothing.  They hope that their hateful wet dreams come true, but they do not have a shred of evidence that they will.  That's the "bad news" for Hillary: right wingers hate her.  Somehow, I think she didn't need any news from the DOJ to figure that out.


Angry Patriot, and its anonymous smear merchants, are new to me.  Let me just leave you with this incisive historical analysis from them:

"The big lie the Left is intent on hiding is that Hitler learned his most potent strategies–strategies that resulted in horrific events–from the Democrat Party of the United States. It was from the Democrats that Hitler learned how to create a progressive racial state. The Democrat legacy is one of racism, oppression, and violence!

... all the dictatorial systems that made up the Axis Powers, including Hitler’s Nazis and Mussolini’s fascists, were Progressives. Their ideologies were deeply rooted in Leftist Socialism."

There's lots more like this, but readers of Wingnut Wrapup have heard it all before.  No lie too big, no lie too small, and never will they take a shred of responsibility for the horrors that the right inevitably causes. 


And of all the reactions to the (inevitable) revelation that Alabama Republican (and Christian saint) Roy Moore is a pervert, it's going to be hard to top this one from Republican Representative Ed Henry of Hartselle, Alabama:

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion,”

A fourteen year old girl molested by a 32 year old Republican assistant district attorney...She is the guilty party who belongs in jail.  Of course.  Because Republican.

Steve Bannon:  "[Trump] is the least racist guy I’ve ever met."

Knowing, who you hang out with, Steve, I expect you are telling the truth, for once.

The Federalist:  "Media Covered Up Sexual Assault To Score Points For The Left"

So we can ignore anything that turns up about Roy Moore, or Donald Trump, for that matter.  The evidence of the coverup?

"if you want to talk about Senator Waitress Sandwich, who was the lion of the Senate, because much of the media here kept quiet about those things over the years, or Bill Clinton,” she said. “Two weeks ago NBC covered up the Weinstein thing"

"The Lion of the Senate," presumably being long dead Senator Teddy Kennedy, who was involved in the tragic traffic death of a girl 49 years ago, and which, whatever the circumstances, had nothing to do with sexual assault, and Bill Clinton, who had a consensual sexual relationship with an adult woman.  The press, egged on by Republican smear merchants, never let the Kennedy story die, and Clinton's affair became the centerpiece of the biggest news orgy in the history of the country.  Some coverup. 

And most importantly, please remember that the Federalist society, which is behind this smear and many others, is the organization that Donald Trump turns to for recommendations for whom to appoint to lifetime Federal judge positions.

T.K., News Politics:  "NATIONAL POLITICS Trump Gets A Message From Putin Following Horrific Mass Shooting At Texas Church"

What, "next time, make sure some of your enemies are in the church before the shooting starts?


And, could the lies get any more preposterous?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:  "Mueller Files 294 Sealed Indictments Against Elite Pedophile Ring Members...This is not dis-info, it is fact. Sealed indictments are verifiable public record. We don’t know whats in them yet, but you can see they are there and it’s sure as heck not normal, it’s unprecedented. There has never been this many at once . . . ever."

294!!!  Indictments!!!1!!!1!!!!  Pedophiles!!!    Believe that?  You really are a sucker.  Funny, not a single news source except Your News Wire, and White Supremacists and holocaust denier Hal Turner.  But just wait!  More to come, I guarantee you.  Right wingers in the year 2070 (if anyone is still alive) will still be hearing about this story, during recesses in the latest Benghazi hearings.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:  "Alt. Media Vindicated: Congress Holds Hearings On ‘Weather Manipulation’

Yeah, "hearings" conducted by three Republican climate lunatics in the Senate, led by king loon Lamar Smith.  Chemtrails!!!!  See my remark above about lies that never die. 


This is apparently based on a story from the "Activist Post," which posts articles like this one:

Chris Kanthan, Activist Post:  "Stop Saying, “Putin Invaded Ukraine and Annexed Crimea”

Stop!  STOP SAYING THAT!!!!!  Stop, I tell you!  Stop!  Now back to the elite pedophile ring!

Or how about this?

Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:  "Leaked Documents Reveal Israel Attempt To Capitalize On Hariri Resignation"

Israel tried to "capitalize" on events in an adjacent, barely functional country!  Way outside decency.  If you are Jewish.  And how did Israel do this?

"(A) cable said: “You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security.  “Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon”

Ha ha.  Would anyone disagree with that simple, obvious statement of plain facts?  But when you are Israeli, telling the truth is a treachery beyond measure.  They must all be Democrats over there, because the same is true for Democrats.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Total Losers: Yep, Anti-Trump Voters Just Threw A Nationwide Tantrum On Anniversary of 2016 Election"

A tantrum involving winning a bunch of off-year elections.  Voting is throwing a tantrum.  If you're a Democrat, anyway.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "ICYMI: You Can Probably Guess What ABC, CBS, and NBC Did When The Hillary-DNC Rigging Story Broke"

Reported that the story was just one more Republican lie?  No, they didn't do that, so they still have a long way to go before they are even close to doing their duty.

And now, how to lie in a cartoon:

The truth:  The VA routinely receives the highest quality ratings from its patients of any health provider in the country.  The one thing it is criticized for is wait times, which are one hundred percent the result of Republican funding cuts.  Of course, that's the Democrats' fault somehow, and serves as one more proof that the government fails at everything it does- if it's left to the Republicans.

Ariana Grossu, Town Hall:  "Sen. Cassidy Was Right: Most Planned Parenthood Businesses Are in Urban Areas"

The stupid crackers in rural areas stabbed themselves in the back again by doing away with the clinics that serve them.  But see, we all know that this whole story is code language for "Planned Parenthood only serves black people, so let's crush it."

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "First Question: Are Roy Moore's Accusers Credible?  Next Question: If So, Then What?"

Guy means, "Next Question:  How do we shout them down with more lies about Hillary?"

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Moore Fumbles Defense on Appearance with Hannity...Moore claimed to remember one of his accusers, but couldn't make up his mind whether he had dated her or not"

He didn't lie big enough.  What kind of Republican is he, anyway?

D. C. McAlister, Gateway Pundit:  "Even Roy Moore Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty"

I only bring this up to harangue you about one of my major pet peeves:  A person is PRESUMED innocent IN THE EYES OF THE LAW until found guilty.  That does not mean that they are innocent.  If they committed the crime, they are guilty, regardless of the outcome of any trial, or regardless of whether there is a trial at all.  We all know, for example, that O. J. killed his wife, no matter what was the outcome of his botched trial, and we all (if we are honest) know that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are war criminals who murdered a million people without a shred of justification, even though no one had the honesty and courage to hold them responsible.  Anyway, end of rant, and back to our regularly scheduled rant:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Alabama TV Station Can’t Find a Single Person Who Believes Vicious WaPo Hit Piece on Judge Roy Moore "

Alabama.  I rest my case.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Arrogant NeverTrump Hack Who Urged Christians to Abandon Trump Is Now Urging Christians to Abandon Roy Moore"

Go figure.  The guy who turned against Trump because he was a sexual predator, turned against Roy Moore for the same reason.  What the hell is he thinking?

Lucian Wintrich, Gateway Pundit:  "CHINA VISIT: President Trump Praised As “UNCLE TRUMP”

You know, like this uncle:


Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "WHY BIBLE PROPHECY SHOULDN'T BE SCARY"

Because it's all bullshit?  That's my guess.

Norman Rogers, American Thinker:  "Tell a Big Lie and Keep Repeating It...Mother Nature is not cooperating with fake global warming science because the Earth has failed to warm for the last two decades."

Of course, we all know this is a malignant lie, but I thought you would like to see these two charts; first, one showing real global warming:

And one that is all over the right wing world, which is a complete phony:

One more demonstration of how utterly lost these people are, and how futile it is to try to discuss anything with them, or really do anything except remove them from the earth, or perhaps just the country, and send them to Somalia or Russia, where they belong.

Peter Coyne, Daily Reckoning:  "Is the president purposely tanking the U.S. dollar?  The greenback is down 7.5% since he took office — and the trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

But could that all be according to his plan?  That’s why by Jan. 1 2018, he is almost certain to give the U.S. dollar a much-needed “reboot”.

A reboot.  Well, he is already giving the dollar a boot, after it soared against the Euro under Obama (something that Peter forgot to mention.)  But it's all part of the seventy-eleven million dimension chess that Trump, the smartest man on earth, is so famous for.  So, Peter, you keep telling yourself that it's all part of the great cosmic plan.  Me, I'm checking out to listen to some Howling Wolf.




Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "EPIC! Roy Moore Attorney Calls CNN Host: ‘Don Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy’ 

Epic!  This is what passes for good news for Republicans these days.  Unless they are really happy to see their President kissing Vladimir Putin's ass, which a lot of them seem to be.

And if it is in a chart, it must be true, right?  Congressman Louie Gohmert once again demonstrates why he is the most insane person in Washington:

If you think you can make any sense of that, maybe you should get some counseling too.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "According to Jesus, not one valid accusation against Moore"

And this is a man who spends his whole life claiming to speak for God.  The sheer gall of it all is breathtaking.  And by the way, I don't think we need Jesus' opinion to know that it is wrong for a grown man to molest a 14 year old girl.  Call me crazy, but I think decent people can figure that out by themselves.  Here is Bryan's claim, in somewhat more detail:

"When it comes to sin, and suspicions of sin, the Master was quite clear. "Every charge," he said, every accusation of wrongdoing, must be "established by the evidence of two or three witnesses" (Matthew 18:16). In other words, if there is just one witness, that accusation cannot be considered a valid accusation, cannot be considered a fact..."

Of course, since most rapists do not invite people along to watch, that would pretty much put an end to all rape prosecutions, but is that what Jesus said?  No, it is not.  Here is the relevant passage of Matthew, from the New International Bible:

"15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector."

Jesus was saying not one damned thing about witnesses to the act, but merely about confronting the malefactor with multiple people to inform them that their behavior is unacceptable.  Well, so far, we have had several million people state that Roy Moore's behavior is repugnant.  Like all of these right wing Christians, getting their way even justifies mangling the word of their infallible God.  That's how much they really believe in the sanctity of Christianity when it stands in the way of their real religion, tax cuts. 

And how about some more from Renew America, which mangles the very concept of the word "dishonest:"

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Black Christian Conservative Republican Lloyd Marcus here. I call upon all my fellow Christians not to abandon our brother Roy Moore who is running for US Senate Alabama. Attacking Judge Moore's morality is a dirty leftist trick...Judge Moore is hated by Leftists and establishment Republicans because he is an outspoken character driven Christian conservative; a faithful courageous defender of our Constitution, principles and values which have made America great."

A character driven Christian conservative who is fine with raping children; a "defender of our Constitution" who was twice kicked off of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow that Constitution.  It's a dirty leftist trick to point that out: the dirtiest leftist trick of all; telling the truth.

Reverend Austin Miles, Renew America:  "Dems responsible for Texas church murders...communists and the Democratic Party are one and the same. We have Communists in virtually every area of the government of The United States. It strains credulity as to how they were able to get into those positions. Simple – now that you've wondered – they had inside help....from our own countrymen.  

It was known from the beginning that Communists saw Christians and the church as a foe they had to abolish since a Christian's mind cannot be enslaved. So in the beginning, Lennon and Stalin began closing churches to get them out of sight proclaiming that Christianity is the opium of the masses and this sabotages their usefulness to the Party."

Lennon and Stalin. 


I think that is all I have to say about the Reverend Austin Miles today.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Who wrote the Roy Moore dossier?  The so-called Trump Dossier, financed by the Hillary campaign and provided by the KGB through a former British intelligence agent, has fizzled out. It has been supplanted by the Moore Dossier, concocted by Washington Post reporters working for their billionaire owner, P.T Barnum-like Jeff Bezos. This variation of the ploy, with a new target, seems to have legs. Many Republicans and conservatives are falling for it.

But is there really any reason to believe the Moore Dossier has any more validity than the Trump Dossier?"

Well, leaving aside the fact that the "Trump Dossier" has so far proven to be true at every point that it could be tested, the reason I brought this up is to point out a common tactic of right wing smear merchants- to use Pavlovian techniques to cause certain words alone, shorn of any meaning, to stimulate rage in their followers: e-mails, Benghazi, swift boat, all re-purposed to drive wingnuts into a state of sputtering fury, even when they cannot speak two coherent sentences about what crimes these words are supposed to denote.  And now the use of this term, "dossier," to suggest that any reporting on the left is a partisan hit job, no matter how carefully researched.  We are up against a mindless vomiting forth of sourceless rage, which knows no truth, no bounds and no decency.  There is absolutely no way to meaningfully combat this by normal methods.  It would serve all of us well to consider what other means might be available to put this monster back in its cave.

Enough's enough.  Believe me, this sort of thing goes on and on; the wingnuts are really on a spasm of lies and smears these days, to try to shut up what is, at this point, the obvious disgusting corruption of everyone in their world.  Too bad we have to pay attention to this, but we do.

Monday, November 13, 2017

An Ignored Warning



I was reading a discussion at Crooks and Liars, and came across a reference to a comment made by William Tecumseh Sherman in 1860, which I had never seen before.  It was so prescient and to the point that I could not help but share some of it with you:


"...where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The Northern people not only greatly outnumber the whites at the South, but they are a mechanical people with manufactures of every kind, while you are only agriculturists--a sparse population covering a large extent of territory, and in all history no nation of mere agriculturists ever made successful war against a nation of mechanics. ...

"The North can make a steam-engine, locomotive or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical and determined people on earth--right at your doors. You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all els eyou are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with.

"At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, and shut out from the markets of Europe by blockade as you will be, your cause will begin to wane. ... if your people would but stop and think, they must see that in the end you will surely fail."


The Civil War is often referred to as the first modern war, and like all wars that have followed, excluding insurgencies, in the end, despite all of the heroism, all of the struggle and dying, the winner is the side with the most stuff.  In both World Wars, for example, the tide turned the minute the surrounded Germans began to run out of oil, steel, rubber and other commodities.  It is striking to see this general, so remembered now for his blitzkrieg-like tactics, actually stating before the conflict even began, that it all came down to supplies to continue the fight.  

Southerners were so blinded, however, by their fury that they engaged in this futile act of violence anyway, killing 600,000 people for nothing, or worse, in order to uselessly try to hang on to an age old abomination, because it was profitable to the rich among them.

You could tell the same story about Germany in World War II; we know that the top German generals all knew the war was unwinnable before it even started, but none of them could find the courage to do the right thing, when it could have been prevented.

The irrational rage of the right- the damage it has caused is almost incalculable.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Treason Still, And They Avert Their Eyes

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
-H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Merciful, perhaps, but also very dangerous.  It is of the greatest concern to me that even the most astute observers in our country do not seem to be able to admit to themselves the obvious conclusion about what is happening.

My case in point today comes from Daily Kos, although I want to make it clear that I am picking them not because they are worse than others, but because they are better.  Daily Kos is probably the most consistent internet source of correct information about what is going on in the United States today; yet even they cannot admit to themselves the extent of the deluge that is upon us.

Here are some excerpts from an article at the Daily Kos today:

"Foreign service officer warns of 'serious, immediate, and tangible' threat to U.S. world leadership... Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, the president of the American Foreign Service Association, is sounding the alarm:

"… there is simply no denying the warning signs that point to mounting threats to our institution—and to the global leadership that depends on us.  Why such a focus on slashing staffing at State? Why such a focus on decapitating leadership? How do these actions serve the stated agenda of making the State Department stronger?"

Kos' answer to this question?

"Because Donald Trump doesn’t value diplomacy or knowledge or expertise and he wants to make everything around him weaker in order to feel like he’s stronger."

I am incredulous that, even now, with all that has happened in the last year, that this is all written off as the product of a mental defect of Donald Trump's; incredulous because the real answer is so obvious.

Here is the real quid pro quo, the real treason, the real payoff to Vladimir Putin for putting Trump in office.  Here is the only thing that Putin really wanted from Trump: the destruction of the ability of the United States to lead, or even form a meaningful part of, any international effort to halt Putin's territorial aggrandizement and dictatorial intent.  Here is what all the "contacts" between Trump officials and Russians were about; what they were all for.  Here is the payoff that absolutely completes, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the mutual acts that add up to treason in the White House.

This is totally obvious, and yet even Daily Kos cannot face the truth enough to state it openly.  No one except meaningless voices in the wilderness like mine dares to speak out about what should be clear to the most casual observer.  The reasons for this may be multiple: lifetimes of being bombarded with jingoistic propaganda, fear of retaliation, inability to separate from the watered-down views of one's fellow journalists; but in the end it doesn't make a bit of difference why this is happening.  Until a critical mass of commenters are willing to state openly, and over and over again, that the Trump administration is daily guilty of the most massive crime against this country in its history, that Donald Trump is the most monstrous traitor this country has ever known, we cannot even begin to start moving toward a real solution to the devolution which Trump and his party have brought upon us.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I know I have promised to pretty much stop bothering you with this idiocy, but the need of the Republicans to come up with any sort of disgusting lies, now that Donald Trump is rapidly being revealed to be exactly the traitor that we knew he was, is so great, that I fear we need to keep an eye on their plans to divert our gaze from the greatest betrayal of our country in its history.  So, here we go, first with a little coverage of the November 7th election, and then on to the general bullshit:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Oh, Here We Go: Hillary Taking Credit For Democratic Wins Last Night"

Town Hall's lead story about the Democratic blowout- if they couldn't use it somehow to smear Hillary, they would have ignored it altogether.

Streiff, Red State:  "The Surprising Key To The Democrats’s Win In Virginia"

Red State's only coverage of the election.  The surprise?  When more Democrats vote, they win.  Man, it took a genius to figure that one out.  However, it proves to Streiff that, somehow, this election didn't mean a thing.   Streiff is hardly the only person lying to himself this way; it would be boring to repeat it over and over again, but this is a common delusion on the right today, to explain why yesterday's election had zero to do with how people feel about Trump and the Republican party.

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media:  "Gillespie Ran a JEB! Campaign in a Trump World"

Even though Gillespie ran one of the filthiest, most smear-laden campaigns in history, it just wasn't filthy enough to satisfy Trump voters.  Man, I bet he never makes that mistake again.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "EPIC! President Trump Trolls Hillary and Congratulates “Deplorables” on Election Anniversary"

Gatway Pundit's way of reporting on the Republican electoral loss?  Just ignore it in favor of telling some more fairy tales about Trump's victory a year ago.  And don't think they are alone in taking this tack:

 Charlie Sperling and Amanda House, Breitbart:  "November 8, 2016: The Untold Story of Breitbart’s Election Night"

Man, we had a great day a year ago.  Time to crow about that.


Jim's line on the election?  Gillespie, who stuck like glue to Trump, and whom Trump totally supported until he lost, just wasn't close enough to Trump, because everyone in the country loves Trump, so you can never lose by kissing his ass.  And here's a little more from Gateway Pundit to push that line:

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "POTUS Trump Rips GOP Elite Gillespie After Loss: “Gillespie Worked Hard But Did Not Embrace Me or What I Stand For”

LOSER!!!!  Trump hates a loser, even though he loved him some Ed Gillespie when he thought he was going to win.


And now on to the rest of the "news"

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Liberal Jews aren't funny."

Whatever, David.  I guess we aren't allowed to call you an anti-Semitic son of a bitch because you claim to have a Jewish last name, huh?

World Net Daily:  "Mohammad gets prison in plot to kill federal judge"

Hmm.  By Green Eagle's calculations, Mohammed died 1,385 years ago.  Probably screws up his chance of getting parole, I'd guess

Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Does Donna Brazile Know Who Killed Seth Rich?"

Well, since the universal conclusion of law enforcement is that he committed suicide, I'd guess that Donna Brazile does know who killed him.  I don't think that was what Daniel was getting at, however.  Daniel apparently is convinced that Hillary murdered him, maybe in between raping children in a pizza parlor.


Shawn Mitchell, Town Hall:  "Media is Dirtier Than it Accuses Trump of Being"

An oldie but a goodie.  Of course, the media are not the President.  This dirtiness mainly revolves around daring to report on his treason, which is way out of line, while refusing to devote their time to the latest Republican lies about Hillary.  I bet that surprises you.

Justin Haskins, Town Hall:  "We Don’t Need Gun Control to Stop Mass Shootings"

No, we need more guns.  Their answer will never be any different.  And don't bother them with facts; they have a whole encyclopedia of "facts" of their own.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "How Did The Texas Shooter Pass A Background Check After A Domestic Violence Conviction?"

Good question, Matt.  Too bad Matt doesn't have a clue of what the answer might be, but he sure as hell is convinced that, whatever that answer is, it had better not result in stopping the sale of one single gun in this country.

Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Report: Sen. Rand Paul Assaulted In His Kentucky Home"

Beaten up by his next door neighbor, who is a well known anesthesiologist; a rare example of doctor on doctor crime.  Why, who knows?  Of course this story was only hours old before hundreds of right wing loons blamed the attack on a left wing terrorist.

(note: this only counts as doctor on doctor crime, if you accept that Rand Paul's medical license, which was granted by a private body created by Rand Paul himself, is worth a nickel. Personally, I'd get my glasses from a witch doctor before I went to Rand Paul.  At least I wouldn't get any lectures about Ayn Rand from the witch doctor.)

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "'Slightly Clumsy,' But Not Sinister: Rick Perry's Fossil Fuel Remarks"

Rick Perry: too stupid to be sinister.  I might buy that, only Louie Gohmert and Michelle Bachmann proved long ago that there is no such thing as too stupid to be evil.

Linda Goutsmith, Renew America:  "humanitarian hoax of George Goros: Killing America with kindness"

I think Linda might have meant George Soros there. Maybe not, who knows?  Of course, to right wingers like Linda, a rich man actually trying to help other people is so inconceivable that it must be a hoax.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Mueller Strikes Out; Democrat Nuts And Never Trumpers Hardest Hit...Note: This is satire...obert Mueller, the fatally conflicted Special Counsel in charge of the Russian collusion snipe hunt, just came out with his indictments, and there has been a lot of confusion among the lunatics, weirdos, and 23-year-old internet pundits who make up his fan base. They’ve been leveraging their extensive federal court experience, which consists of having heard that federal courts are a thing, into remarkably silly insights about the charges against Mrrs. Manafort, Gates, and Puffleupagus (sic) and how they relate to Donald Trump."

Did that sound like satire to you?  Or did it sound like the bitter, hateful ravings of a vicious partisan who knows that the President he has tied himself to is about to be revealed to be a traitor?

And some incisive political analysis:

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "The Left Is Just Full Of Miserable People"

Of course, this is about Harvey Weinstein, or, as Derek calls it, "The liberal sexual harrassment scandal."  No word about Trump and "the conservative sexual harrassment scandal," but then, nothing surprising about that, I guess.  Conservatives are proud of pawing women.

"Judge" Andrew Napolitano, Town Hall:  "The Tip of a Prosecutorial Iceberg?  The danger of such a deal is that Manafort and Gates may offer to tell Mueller what they think he wants to hear -- even if it is not truthful -- so that they can have their prison exposure lessened."

See, here the wingnuts are, preparing themselves to believe that anything bad about Trump is a self-serving lie.  They will never accept reality because it reflects so badly on their own judgment and common decency.  And might interfere with their ability to serve their masters.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "HANNITY WARNS: Big News on Obama Thursday “TICK TOCK"

So far...nothing.  Surprised?  Here's what they are deluding themseves about:

Knock yourselves out, guys.  We all know which modern President is likely going to prison.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "We Were Right! Social Media and MSM Despised Trump and Gateway Pundit – Buried Our Tweets and We Still Kicked Ass"

If they didn't despise Trump they would be idiots.  And the only ass that Jim Hoft regularly kicks is his own.

Alan Keyes, World Net Daily:  "A year after victory: Jury's still out on Trump"

Ha.  Talk about self-delusion.  Or more likely, just a paid liar.  Boy, is this piece packed with lies, as you would expect from Alan.  Unfortunately, they are all really boring lies, so I will just move on.

Donald Trump, the Larry O'Connor Show:  "because I'm the president of the United States... I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing."

Like pouring about four trillion dollars from the Federal government into your private bank account.

"it’s very discouraging to me I'll be honest"

I bet it is, buddy.

 And I'm very frustrated by it."

So quit already.

Earick Ward, American Thinker:  "Liberals' reaction to the Texas church shooting is not about gun control...This is something more sinister. By getting out in front of the narrative, and the facts, leftists are attempting to secure the moral high ground."

Yup, that's right, Earick (by the way, what the fuck kind of name is Earick?)  Liberals are attempting to secure the moral high ground by caring more about people's lives than gun company profits.  Hateful, I tell you!

Jack Hellner, American Thinker:  "The Democrats' sudden concern for the middle class...Does anyone truly believe that the Dems actually care about the middle class?"

What, the party that brought you the weekend, the 40 hour week, the minimum wage, social security, medicare, collective bargaining, the GI bill, consumer safety regulations, food and workplace safety laws, universal public education and who knows what all else?  That party?  No, they hate the middle class.  It's the party that has always been against every one of these things that really cares about the middle class.

All I can say is, how can people be so stupid?

Before It's News:  "Bombshell: Hillary Clinton ‘Pedophile Sex Tape’ About to Be Released"

No bottom to their degradation.  I don't care that Hillary is a public figure; how can this be allowed?  Of course, when you click on this story, it leads to a video, because people who believe things like this are too stupid to read.

Owen Shroyer, Infowars:  "Hitler still alive"

At 128.  Speaks worlds for that vegetarian diet.  Oh well, I guess it had to come to this.  Don't forget, we are dealing here with a source that hundreds of thousands of people follow and believe, every single day.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Gutless Worm

"Pelosi On Impeaching Trump: 'Not Someplace That I Think We Should Go'

The son of a bitch is only one step away from Hitler.  What in God's name would he have to do before the terminally brain damaged Nancy Pelosi thinks we need to get rid of him?

Her career has gone on too long.  Time to get rid of her next year.

Move On, Folks, Nothing To See Here

Here's something that I never knew:  Donald Trump's Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, was formerly the Vice Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, the most notorious financial institution in the world for the laundering of Russian mob money, and still retains large holdings in the bank.

One more payoff to Vladimir Putin, or just a gigantic coincidence?


And a little more:  Oh, and it turns out that Wilbur Ross is a business partner of Vladimir Putin's son in law, a fact which he conveniently forgot to mention at his confirmation hearing.

And still the Republican Congress does nothing, even in this grotesque example of corruption and sedition.  I suspect that, when the smoking gun evidence of Trump's treason is really laid out, this is going to be the end of it: Republicans just saying "so what," and moving along to their next scheduled atrocity, with the full backing of their 30% base, which is enough to eject any Republican legislator who doesn't go along with the program, while the rest of the country is powerless to do a thing about it.  And then comes the election of 2018, in which a combination of Republican vote rigging and massive spending on smear campaigns will, as is the norm now, keep them firmly ensconced in power.  Probably forever.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

What If They Just Do Nothing?

What if they just don't care?

The possibilities that we thought were facing this country were two:  Either Trump would be proven to have colluded with a foreign dictator to win the White House, and would be rapidly removed from office, or the evidence just wouldn't be there, in which case he would probably go on conspiring with his fellow Republicans to rape the country.

There is a third possibility, and it is becoming more and more likely every day; right now I think it is the most likely result of all of this:  Trump will be proven to be a traitor, and his fellow Republicans, the only people who can do what needs to be done, will just refuse.  They will let the traitor stay in power because he can be guaranteed to do the bidding of the few hundred rich sociopaths that are their only real constituency, and because the mob that they have spent four decades creating would crush them to death if they try to do the right thing.  And thus our country will die.


"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

Bribery? Blackmail?

Just a question:  The phony scandal revolving around the DNC making sure that a Democrat got the Democratic Presidential nomination, as opposed to a self-serving parasite, was resolved and revealed to be just one more gigantic Republican lie, over a year ago. 

So, this week, we learned from the first fruits of the Mueller investigation that no credible, even marginally honest person can, at this point, maintain the screaming Republican denials that the Trump campaign and administration has engaged in some very malignant collaboration with the Russian dictator.  Anyway, surprise, surprise, within a couple of days, this long discredited "scandal" re-emerges, front and center, with the mainstream press seemingly far more interested in it than the treason in the White House.

This is largely thanks to the actions of two people; Donna Brazile, and Elizabeth Warren, who are doing everything they can to parrot the Republican lies about Hillary and the DNC.  So, I have one question:  What combination of bribes and blackmail were necessary to get these two miserable excuses for Democrats to betray the country in this manner?

Friday, November 3, 2017

the senior White House adviser at the Department of Homeland Security

Not kidding, guys.  That's him.   Trump's senior White House adviser at the Department of Homeland Security.

Now, admittedly,

"The gun-slinging man is not a terrorist. His Arab accent is fake. And the person pretending to be him, Frank Wuco, is now in charge of implementing the president’s executive orders at the Department of Homeland Security. 

Since January 21, Wuco has served as the White House senior adviser at DHS."

Still, this is the top level of our government's response to international threats.

Just what kind of a joke do these people think running the country is, and what kind of fools are the large number of Americans that willingly fall for it?

Don't bother to answer that question- we all know what the answer is, and it is too painful to think about.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Rigged!

Well, here we go again, with a firestorm of accusations that Hillary and the DNC "rigged" the Democratic Presidential primary against beloved Bernie, this time coming from the terminally stupid Donna Brazile, and of all people, Elizabeth Warren, who should know a lot better than to be drawn into this morass of dishonesty.

Well, here is the truth:  One of the main reasons the DNC exists is to see that Democrats are nominated to run for office by the Democratic party, and Bernie Sanders is not, and was never a Democrat, and only dishonestly pretended to be one for a few months while he tried to steal the Democratic nomination for President.

I just don't get how stupid the nation's politicians and political commentators are, but I have never heard a single one of them, when discussing this issue, state the phenomenal stakes involved here.  So once again, it is Green Eagle who must speak the truth, however few people he is speaking to.

Here is what will happen if the Democratic party ever decides that it is okay for a non-Democrat to run openly for the Democratic Presidential nomination:  In the very next Presidential campaign, the Koch brothers, the Waltons, the Mercers and their sociopathic right wing compatriots will field their own candidate for the Democratic nomination, backed by a couple hundred million dollar smear campaign.  This will happen because it will be far cheaper for them to win the Democratic nomination than it would be to win the White House in a real two party race.  Then, we will have two right wing corporate stooges running against each other, and it will not make a damned bit of difference who wins.  Is there a single person reading this that does not know that this is what will happen?  And is there a person who does not know that if that does happen, that will be the end of even a pretense that democracy still exists in this country?

Letting Bernie successfully capture the Democratic nomination would not only have been a ticket to a massive defeat for the Democrats in 2016, it would have been a trial run for eliminating the Democratic party's role altogether in picking its candidate, an absurd and deadly result for American politics.  Thank heaven the DNC stood up to the torrent of abuse it received from the Berniebots, and made sure that a real Democrat was nominated to run for President on the Democratic ticket.  Now that Bernie has done his damage, this issue will come up over and over again; I pray that the DNC never weakens and in effect puts the Democratic nomination up for sale to the highest bidder.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tax The Hell Out Of The Rich

As we approach the almost inevitable theft of several trillion dollars from the American people by Congressional Republicans, in order to pay back their sociopathic backers for financing the smear campaigns that keep them in office, we know damned well that no argument against this monstrous crime will sway these corrupt monsters in any way.  Nevertheless, it is important to make our arguments against this this outrage.   Most of these positions rely on some notion of fairness.  I want to discuss here a rationalization not just for preventing tax cuts for the rich, but for imposing massive new taxes on them; an argument that does not rely on any notion of fairness, but on pure survival.  I virtually never hear this argument made, and yet it provides, in my opinion, the most irrefutable grounds for raising taxes on the rich.

Since at least the 1600's the Western world has fallen prey to an endless, seemingly inevitable cycle of boom and bust; whether we are talking about tulip mania, the South Seas bubble, the panic of 1873, the Great Depression, the near depression of 2008, and a host of other recessons and depressions.  I want to talk briefly about what causes the bubbles which inevitably lead to economic collapse.

The abstract, theoretical notion of supply and demand proposes, of course, that the price of commodities is determined by the relation of these two things; when supply is greater than demand, prices fall; when demand is greater than supply, prices rise.  Everyone is familiar with that notion.

The problem with this simple characterization is that it views the goods to be purchased as commodities, without acknowledging that money itself is a commodity too.  And as a commodity, it is as ruled by the law of supply and demand as any other good.  So the price of goods is determined not only by their availability related to demand, but to their availability related to the amount of money available to buy them. 

For the present discussion, what I am talking about is not the necessities of everyday life, but commodities which are invested in:  stocks, real estate, precious metals, artwork,1959 Les Pauls,  tulip bulbs, etc.  I need hardly make the obvious point that the investor class is made up almost exclusively of the  richest percent or two of the people in the world, who are sitting on huge amounts of cash which they have to invest somewhere.  If these people have more money than they can profitably place in productive investments, by the very law of supply and demand, the money becomes worth less, or conversely, the investments become more expensive.  This is how bubbles are created.

The classic example of this, I would think, is what happened in the runup to the Great Depression.  Under three successive Republican administrations, the Secretary of the Treasury was Andrew Mellon, one of the richest and greediest men in the world.  Tremendous growth in productivity took place during this period; Mellon consciously steered every bit of it into the hands of the rich, resulting in them having, by the end of the decade, a greater share of the nation's wealth than ever before in our country's history.  The consequence was a desperate scramble to find ways to invest that money.  This led, first of all, to a massive land boom, which collapsed utterly in 1927.  Left without this avenue to invest their money, the rich placed it in ever increasing amounts in the stock market, which began its inevitable climb to the edge of the cliff; the worst depression the world had ever known.   In similar fashion, the 2008 collapse was preceded by the most unequal division of wealth in the country since the 1929 collapse, brought about by Republican economic policies.  The result was exactly the same, except for one thing:  When the economy collapsed in 1929, the country had to wait over three years while a Republican administration continued its suicidal economic practices, before a Democrat could take over and start repairing the damage; in 2008, we only had to wait three months.

In any event, this is the most fundamental reason that the rich must be stripped of the great bulk of their wealth: it represents a greater danger to our economic wellbeing than any other single factor, and in fact causes an inevitable repeat of the boom and bust cycle that has plagued Western economies for centuries. 

The only answer in the short run is a massive increase in top tax rates, a multiplying of the taxes on the very largest estates, and a total elimination of lower tax rates for corporations.  Otherwise, we are headed inevitably for another gigantic collapse sooner or later; and please keep in mind that, without the 1929 collapse in the United States, and the calling in of American loans to Germany, it is extremely unlikely that Hitler would have been able to bring about World War II.  This is a matter of our very survival, which is why it is carefully avoided in any mainstream economic discussion; but we had better think about it, because as things are going now (Pikkety points out that, by 2030, the disparity in wealth of the rich and the poor in the United States will reach a level never seen in the entire known history of the world) the result will be an unimaginable disaster.