Friday, November 27, 2015

A Suggestion for Vladimir Putin

So, not only is Russia involved in a major attempt to prevent Islamic lunatics from Syria and Iraq from attacking his own country, but he has a big debt to pay to Turkey.  Here's my suggestion of something that the whole world could do to deal with both problems.

This is a map of the traditionally Kurdish areas, stretching from Turkey to Iran:

Please note that, if you look online, you will find a number of similar maps, none of which quite agrees with the others about exactly which areas are predominantly Kurdish; this one is typical of them.

I am proposing that it is time that a Kurdish state be recognized in this area (perhaps, for political reasons, excluding the territory in Iran.)  This would place a buffer state between Russia and ISIS, which would be highly opposed to any ISIS expansion, and at the same time finally penalizing the Turks for their century-long persecution of the Kurds.

In return for international support for this action, which would be highly beneficial for Russia's security, we should get Putin to accept what is obvious:  Bashir al Assad is congenitally incapable of governing his country.  His government must be replaced by one with some hope of leading Syria out of its current chaos, perhaps picked by the six nations and Iran that forged the Iranian nuclear deal, and with a firm commitment of support from them.  There is no hope of a decent resolution of the Syrian situation while the pathetic Assad remains at the head of his government; we all know this.  So, let's move on:  an independent Kurdistan and a government capable of handling Syria.  What could there possibly be to lose with a deal like this, which, by the way, represents what is going to inevitably happen one way or the other, with much more carnage, the longer it lasts?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

An Exercise in Futility

I started this blog in the Spring of 2008.  That's somewhere about seven and a half years ago.

This is my 4,000th post.  And the country is crazier and more filled with hatred than ever.  Maybe I should just switch to posting pictures of Corgis, like this one from The Daily Corgi:

No point in linking to the site, because this photo, from a few days ago, is the last one that this blogger posted before suspending posting.  I guess maybe the Corgis didn't help bring people to their senses either.

Now we have an out and out racist, promoting violence and oppression toward other groups, leading the Republican pack, and the more disgusting he acts, the stronger he seems to get.  And if, by some sick, cosmic joke he wins the Republican nomination, we will see billions of dollars spent smearing his Democratic opponent.  The people who support him are so past the point of being reached by reason, or any appeal to human decency, that it is foolish to even try.  They will go to their graves as the hate and greed filled monsters they have become, no matter what we do.

It's a pretty bleak prospect.  Life in America has even beaten down the Corgi lady.  I'm still going, but for the life of me, I don't know why.

You Can Tell

This important information just in:

"Jeb Bush: ‘You can tell when someone is a Christian’

Yeah, you sure can, Jeb..
And this is supposed to be the sane, non hate-filled Republican.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


So, in a stunning upset, a Democrat seems to have beaten prostitute diaper boy David Vitter in the Louisiana governor's race, by 647,000 votes to 505,000.

I give it about three days before some Republican voting commissioner in an upstate parish finds a forgotten ballot box with about 150,000 votes for Vitter.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why I Am a Democrat and Not a Republican- Part ten million

The House vote today to deny entry to Syrian refugees:
No comment needed, really.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Acceptable Behavior

If you are a Republican, of course.  Senator Ted Cruz, demonstrating his skill as a leader, as recorded at Talking Points Memo:

"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed President Obama directly while speaking to reporters Wednesday, telling him to "come back and insult me to my face." 

Cruz was responding to Obama's recent criticism of Republicans suggesting there be a religious test for Syrian refugees seeking entrance to the country, a plan he called "shameful" and "not American" while in Turkey for the Group of 20 summit. 

"If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. But I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face," Cruz said, staring directly into the camera."

Nothing but a playground bully, but I guess that's what things have come to in this country.  And we know that, like bullies everywhere, he says this knowing that Obama would never take him up on it, because he knows damned well that Obama would reduce him to a shrieking monster in about three minutes.  But that's how we run the country these days- ignorance and belligerence.  And really, that has worked out so well for us, so I guess the Republican party will just keep up the whole thing.  What a pack of assholes.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Truth From the Humorists

...The only way we seem to get it these days.  The following is an absolutely unbelievable article published in the Onion in the year 2003.  I know I am violating any sense of fair usage by quoting the whole thing, but it is so important for us to realize that the truth about invading the Middle East was clear to anyone to see, if they only cared to face reality.  I hope they will forgive me.  Please read on:

"This War Will Destabilize The Entire Mideast Region And Set Off A Global Shockwave Of Anti-Americanism 

George W. Bush may think that a war against Iraq is the solution to our problems, but the reality is, it will only serve to create far more. 

This war will not put an end to anti-Americanism; it will fan the flames of hatred even higher. It will not end the threat of weapons of mass destruction; it will make possible their further proliferation. And it will not lay the groundwork for the flourishing of democracy throughout the Mideast; it will harden the resolve of Arab states to drive out all Western (i.e. U.S.) influence. 

If you thought Osama bin Laden was bad, just wait until the countless children who become orphaned by U.S. bombs in the coming weeks are all grown up. Do you think they will forget what country dropped the bombs that killed their parents? In 10 or 15 years, we will look back fondly on the days when there were only a few thousand Middle Easterners dedicated to destroying the U.S. and willing to die for the fundamentalist cause. From this war, a million bin Ladens will bloom. 

And what exactly is our endgame here? Do we really believe that we can install Gen. Tommy Franks as the ruler of Iraq? Is our arrogance and hubris so great that we actually believe that a U.S. provisional military regime will be welcomed with open arms by the Iraqi people? Democracy cannot possibly thrive under coercion. To take over a country and impose one's own system of government without regard for the people of that country is the very antithesis of democracy. And it is doomed to fail. 

A war against Iraq is not only morally wrong, it will be an unmitigated disaster."

But of course, only the dirty hippies said anything like that at the time, and everyone needed to just ignore their drug-addled ravings.  Much better to listen to Dick Cheney and Bill Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz- people with real experience in foreign policy who were basing their decisions on firm intelligence.

Well, I guess, as with Jon Stewart, you are allowed to occasionally tell the truth, as long as you make it perfectly clear that you were just telling a joke.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Well, This is Going to Be an Amusing Spectacle

All sorts of Republicans seem to now be demanding that the United States declare war on ISIS.

I just can't wait to see what happens when the dreaded Obama appears before the Republican Congress asking them to place the military in his hands, by declaring war.

Keep away from there- that's my advice.  The cognitive dissonance may be enough to blow the whole capitol building to smithereens.  Unless the Republicans can find a way to both demand that Obama act and totally prevent him from acting at the same time, so they can get some electoral mileage out of his "weakness."

Well, at least this is something to keep in mind for the next few weeks, as we are sickened by the orgy of Republican jingoism to which we are about to be subjected.

Funny, remember back in 2002, when all of the Republicans hated France?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

As I mentioned, I have just suffered from a fairly spectacular computer collapse, which turned out to be nothing but corroded contacts on some ram, so here I am again.  The material in this Wingnut Wrapup was gathered before last night's Paris attacks, so I won't have anything about that here.  I am, however, announcing that two competitions are now open:

1.  The grand Green Eagle award for excellence in blaming this attack on President Obama:  Note to potential entrants:  This will involve points both for introducing the most right wing talking points, and for sheer piggishness, so without these essential elements, don't even bother entering- the competition is going to be stiff enough with just those who follow the rules

2.  The tiny little Yasir Arafat memorial cup, for the most creativity in blaming it all on Israel.  This too is expected to be hotly contested, as you would expect.

Well, on we go...

Today's Wingnut Wrapup absolutely has to be dedicated to Jim Hoft, for demonstrating once again why they call him the Stupidest Man On The Internet:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Media Double Standard: Ben Carson Is a Liar But Barack Obama Isn’t a Kenyan"

I can't even bring myself to comment on that, so let's just move on:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "As Democrats Chirp More About Gun Control, Firearm Sales Continue To Shoot Through The Roof"

Well, aren't you just so proud of yourselves?

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Hillary Clinton lies to the country for 11 hours, and the Democratic Party rallies around her while she declares victory. None of the Americans murdered because of her incompetence were brought back to life and none of the families lied to about a YouTube video were comforted, but still she turned that into the best week ever."

I guess that, if the Republicans running this farce had their way, the four dead Americans would have sprung up out of the carpet, because Jesus or America or something.  Okay, I will try to ignore other posts that keep pushing this bullshit. You know there will be dozens of them.

Colin Flaherty, American Thinker:  "Black People Must Be Livid at the Keystone Job Killer-In-Chief...Everybody knows the only reason why so many black people spend so much time in prison is because there are no jobs.  So every single one of these job-loving apologists must be livid that the president just said he was going to stop the construction of the Keystone pipeline."

The Keystone pipeline that was scheduled to deliver a staggering 35 PERMANENT JOBS!!!!!  Yup, that's the actual number of jobs that Barack Obama CRUSHED OUT OF EXISTENCE, I tell you, when he decided against this gigantic giveaway to the Koch Brothers, the largest holders of Canadian tar sands property.  Those 35 jobs would have ended black crime forever!

No mention, of course, of the 270,000 jobs that were created in the month of October, or, to be fair, I guess 269,965, if we subtract the 35 jobs that Obama KILLED, I TELL YOU,or about one eighth of the jobs generated in the entire George W. Bush administration.

Mark Musser, American Thinker:  "From Marxism/Communism to Post-Modern Liberal Fascism"

Do you think there is anyone on earth dumb enough to read that?  Well, I am sure that there are lots of them at American "Thinker," just not here.

Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "How Carson Beats Clinton"

With a club?  The way things are going these days, I don't see any other way.  Well, here's a taste:

"Clinton lies all the time, and when she is not lying, she is parsing her words so carefully that it is tantamount to lying."

Even when she's not lying, she's lying.  Carson, on the other hand:

"Carson, on the other hand, is as deeply grounded in sincere Christianity as any candidate in recent memory.  What that means in blunt terms is that Americans can trust Carson to do what is right, even when it costs him..."

Let's just forget about his making money from hawking a fake cancer cure.  I mean, that's just free enterprise, where everything is fair.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "GOP Sens Warn: Gitmo Transfers May Be Placed in Prison “2 to 3 Minutes” from Elementary School "

Even if this were true (of course this prison two or three minutes from an elementary school is not identified) the detainees would still be IN PRISON, dumbass.  Unlike the crazed gun owners who are allowed by right wingers to shoot up schools every week in this country.

And let's not forget that these people have been held in jail for well over a decade, without the government managing to bring charges against any of them.  While wingnuts are raving over the second amendment, perhaps people should give a thought to another amendment that guarantees everyone a right to a speedy trial.  It is unconstitutional to keep the detainees in prison, and has been for years.  The only constitutional answer is to let them all go; and if they go home and become terrorists, too damn bad- it's just one more piece of blowback we earned by letting the Bush administration run roughshod over international law.

So, it's time to turn to a few excerpts from an article about Bernie Sanders, which I think outlines the basic approach that Republicans would take if he were the nominee:

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Bernie Sanders, Lover of Genocidal Tyrants, Is Anything But Cute"

Off to a good start there.  Let's continue:

"He’s not some cute curmudgeon who fights the little guy. He’s a committed adherent to an ideology that starved, tortured, and murdered north of 100 million people over the last century.

Even for the Democrat Party, which founded and nurtured the KKK, embracing a sycophant of psychotics is a mortifying new low."

Well, don't hold back there, Kurt, spit it all out:

"It’s no surprise that Sanders abhors the First Amendment so much that he makes a huge point of demanding that our free speech be circumscribed and limited. The Citizens United decision barred the government from banning speech critical of another Democrat, Hillary Clinton, and the likes of Sanders cannot abide people speaking truth to power."

Citizens United- all about letting people criticize Hillary.  That's an interesting interpretation.

"Sanders honeymooned in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics"

As I have pointed out before, a total lie.  Sanders actually skipped his honeymoon so he could work on a death panel.

"at the time Sanders was sucking up to it, it was America’s sworn enemy. I know – I sat on the free side of the Iron Curtain in uniform prepared to die in place holding its hordes back in the event they decided to cross into West Germany."

Of course, theat "event" never happened, and never was going to happen except in the minds of people scared to death by the military industrial complex, so our government wasted trillions keeping you there, protecting us against the "hordes."  In fact, you did nothing but collect government welfare for doing exactly nothing productive.

"That dirtbag Sanders, by the way, was a secular conscientious objector during Vietnam. He objected both to fighting for his country and to fighting against America’s – and humanity’s – socialist enemies. So let’s throw cowardice into the mix too. In other words, he’s the perfect Democrat."

Sanders refused to participate in a war of aggression waged against international law by the United States, in which more bombs were dropped on a small, innocent country than were dropped by us in World War II, and in which we murdered between two and four million innocent civilians.  That, in the right wingers' views, adds up to "cowardice."

"And let’s not forget the fraternal twin brother socialism never talks about, the one Sanders and his socialist pals want to deny but who best encapsulates what they are about – the Nazis."

Okay, it was inevitable that it would come to this.  Time to pull the plug on this disgusting pack of lies.  Well, maybe just one more excerpt:

"...the only way the United States of America and its Constitution will ever be overthrown in favor of the socialist dictatorship Sanders and his pals dream of is over heaping piles of spent brass and our dead bodies."

So you are going to shoot us all if Bernie is elected.  Bring it on, tough guy.  It's way past time that we teach fascist scum like you what will happen if you start a shooting war, instead of just hiding behind your keyboards.

George Mano, Town Hall:  "Triumph of the Will"

The gist of this piece is, of course, is that Obamacare is just like Nazis.  And with an extra added treat:  If Germany does not kick all the foreigners out of its territory, that will be just like the Nazis too.  Somehow, that seems a little backwards to me, but what do I know?

Devon Herrick, Town Hall:  "Why Some States Expanded Medicaid While Others Haven’t"

Because some States are run by Republican pigs and some are run by decent people?  Why no, that's not the answer, according to Devon:

"non-expansion states have a higher degree of economic freedom than expansion states"

That would not be the freedom to not die of a preventable illness.  It would be the freedom of rich people to not pay taxes.  Well, okay, then; glad we got that straightened out.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Liberal Media: Everyone In Houston Is A Bigot"

Well, at least Green Eagle is pleased to discover he is not a member of the dreaded "liberal media," as he does not believe everyone in Houston is a bigot- only about 95% of the white ones.

Breitbart:  "Poll: GOP Beats Hillary Clinton In… Minnesota!"

In...wait for it...MINNESOTA!!!11!!!1!!!  Man, they are desperate for good news.

And here are three stories at Breitbart today that shows just how far off the rails Conservatives have gone:

"J Lo at 46" 
"Pamela Anderson Posts Nude Selfie to Celebrate Hep C Cure" 
"77-Year-Old Jane Fonda Smooches Miley Cyrus’ Stomach at LGBT Awards"

All illustrated with semi-pornographic pictures.  You just don't see stuff like this at Daily Kos.  These people really are pathetic.

Jay Nordlinger, National Review Online:  "What is Conservatism?"

Greed.  That pretty much sums it up.  Well, greed and hate.

And, it ain't over yet!

Richard Pollock, Daily Caller:  "The Daily Caller News Foundation filed a lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over the State Department’s failure to release records showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides passed all mandatory security courses on handling classified materials."

And whether she learned to wash her hands after chocolate milk time in kindergarten.  It will never stop.  The "Daily Caller News Foundation."  Isn't that precious?

Blake Neff, Daily Caller:  "Meet The Privileged Yale Student Who Shrieked At Her Professor"

That should be informative.  Just let me get my earplugs in first.

Joe Schaeffer, Newsmax:  "Confederate Flag Out, CAIR In for Tulsa Veterans Day Parade"

Of course, only one of those groups treasonously attacked the United States and killed hundreds of thousands of American troops.  Wonder why veterans of the United States Army might not be interested in their presence?

"Why approve another group and then deny us, when the Confederate [issue] is a Civil War thing? They're veterans within itself," group member Arlene Barnum told NewsOne 6 in Oklahoma. 

"[We wanted] just a regular old float, to have the Confederate flag up there like we have mounted on our trucks, and have some people on the float, and wave our flags and have some visibility," Barnum said."

Maybe we should have a float from the Waffen SS, too.

"One veteran told NewsOne 6 he would not be cheering this year.

"That parade is something I've chosen not to be a part of, because I don't want to share something of honor with the enemy of this country," David Bell said."

The irony is strong with these people:

Number of American soldiers killed by the Confederacy:  360,000
Number of American soldiers killed by CAIR:  0

Weasel Zippers:  "Shocker: Michael Moore’s Home State Of Michigan Ranks Last In Nation In Laws On Ethics...How weird huh? The state that gave us Michael Moore is unethical and full of liars…"

The State is totally controlled by Republicans, but it's all Michael Moore's fault.

Well, that's all I can take for now.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I get so impatient with having to say the same thing over and over again.  Unfortunately, the current state of our political life is just that- one specimen of Republican jackassery after another, on and on ad infinitum.  So I thought I would take a chance to write briefly about one of my most fundamental beliefs, which I think is directly related to the ability of Republicans to keep up their idiocy for ever.

Here's the thing about lies:  People, in general, do not believe lies because they are plausible; they believe them because it suits their interest to do so.  And the funny thing is that, for the vast majority of people, it is a short journey to actually believing whatever is convenient.

Well, it is a clear result of this fact that there is no one easier to lie to than yourself, because there is no one on earth that has as much interest in believing your lies as you do.

Don't want to pay taxes?  Just tell yourself that cutting taxes increases government revenue.  Don't want to deal with global warming?  Just tell yourself that it is a gigantic conspiracy by tens of thousands of scientists.  Don't want to deal with your own racism?  Just tell yourself that black people are all degenerate thugs.  Tell yourself that the surge worked.  Tell yourself that the Republican near-depression of 2008 was caused by some obscure real estate law forced through by Democrats in the 1970's.  Tell yourself that Democrats create deficits and Republicans end them.  Tell yourself that Saddam Hussein was on the part of starting a nuclear war with the United States, and when that doesn't pan out, start telling the same nonsense about Iran.\

And it seems that people can actually believe things like this, particularly if they are conservative and they think someone is going to cut their taxes or make them rich if they just suspend their reason.

Hey, you know what?  I can guarantee you that even Hitler believed that he was building a better world for the only people that mattered.

People believe what they want to believe.  That, in a way, applies to all of us, even those of us who want to believe things that make sense, and for which there is some sort of real evidence.  Unfortunately, that seems to be a dwindling segment of the American people, compared to the ones who want to throw reason aside and just believe in fairies.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Looking For A Lucrative Retail Franchise Opportunity?

And who says the Palestinians have no commercial sense?  I can see branches of this store in Gaza opening up all over the place:
To quote the article, from the International Business Times:

"A clothing store in Gaza City named Hitler 2 is displaying mannequins with knives strapped to their hands as an homage to the upsurge in stabbing attacks on Israelis by Palestinians. 

Hijaz Abu Shanab, a 20-year-old shopper, said: "The name of the shop is 'Hitler' and I like him because he was the the most anti-Jewish person...I like the clothes and the name, it is fantastic."

Young enterpreneurs, there is a real opportunity waiting here for you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Madness of Ben Carson is Beyond Comprehension

And yet he leads the pack of Republican Presidential contenders.  Case in point, uncovered by Talking Points Memo: an address this man delivered to a Seventh Day Adventist college several years ago, in which he discussed the Pyramids:

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain...when you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, they’d have to be that way for various reasons," Carson said. "And various of scientists have said, ‘well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how-’ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”

The purpose of the Pyramids, and their development over a thousand years from earlier Mastaba tomb types, is an irrefutable fact.  The fact that they are 95% solid rock should make even the most gullible person know that they were not built to store grain, or anything else except the bodies and possessions of dead rulers. And they were built by a guy from the Bible? This man is so delusional that he has apparently fallen for a theory which is so crazy and nonsensical that only a seriously deranged person could possibly believe it. And by deranged, I mean literally so mentally damaged that he is incapable of separating fantasy from reality.

By the way, did I mention that this person is currently the frontrunner in the Republican race for President?  Oh, I did?  Just wanted to make sure.

So, I want to propose something that, at this point, should be clearly justified.  I want to know why this incredibly successful brain surgeon suddenly retired at the age of 50, when he presumably had many productive years ahead of him.  We need to find out what is going on here, before it is too late.
Then, it might be a good idea to examine the mental stability of the people who support Carson.

Oh, and just as an afterthought, when Ben says:
And various of scientists have said, ‘well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how-’ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”
Ben, what is God but an alien being who came down with special knowledge?  

Just wondering.

Update:  Ben Carson announced today (11-5) that he still believes this idiocy.  I like Driftglass' suggestion that this is because the alternative is to admit that some government somewhere actually built something.