Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just Mentally Disturbed, I guess

Steven Timothy Snyder:
Yesterday, this guy robbed a bank, killed a bystander, hijacked a car, and then killed a young policeman, before being gunned down himself.

Mr. Snyder had a twenty year long history as a white supremacist, including membership in the National Front, once the number one neo-Nazi group in the country, and having been arrested in a violent skinhead attack on blacks and Hispanics.

I bet you can guess what word in the English language is conspicuously missing from any of the dozens of articles about this guy: yup, "terrorist."  It didn't occur to anyone at all of the news organizations reporting on this incident to question whether this person with twenty years of history as a right wing racist might be a terrorist.  Oh no, it was just a garden variety crime, which has no connection to his political past, and can therefore just be forgotten, along with the hundreds of other murders committed by skinheads, Sovereign Citizens, Christian Identity followers and all the other White haters in this country.


Update:  Well, now it's a couple of days after the crime, and it is clear that the mainstream press is taking absolutely zero interest in this story, and the minimal coverage it did get practically ignored Snyder's right wing background.  I guess these jerks are going to have to kill a lot more people before we are allowed to notice what is motivating them.

One hopeful sign, however:  Here is a listing from a Google search for him:
Well, thank heaven for that.  At least the Jews aren't on the hook for it any more.

Sharia Law

Just a brief comment about the new Indiana law making it legal for employers to force their own religion on their workers and customers:

We have heard, in the last decade or so, tens of thousands of ludicrous accusations from right wingers that Democrats are working to allow Sharia law to take over in this country.  Why will no Democrat stand up and state the obvious: laws like the one recently passed in Indiana and now being considered in a number of other Republican dominated States do exactly that: they legalized the forced imposition of Sharia law on customers and employees by Muslim business owners?

Of course, the sort of people who enact disgusting laws like this are so stupid and short sighted that they cannot even conceive that anyone but members of their own religion would think that these laws apply to them too.  Religious freedom obviously applies only to Christians, and not just Christians, but the sort of closed-minded, angry, hate-filled Christians who go to their churches.  But in the end, the law is the law, and it licenses Muslim business owners to force people who need to deal with them or work for them to follow Sharia law.

I have suggested this before, but of course with no effect.  It's time for Democrats to turn the table and begin to spread the very true narrative that the people who hold really similar values to extremist Muslims are the Christian right, not liberal Democrats.  This is a perfect opportunity to begin telling this story, but of course, Democrats, who are so afraid of the torrent of abuse that it will produce from the right, will never do that, much as they have been intimidated from speaking the truth about the right on any other subject.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

I've been uninterested in these right wing jackasses lately, but today I thought I'd take a look.  Maybe distance makes the heart grow fonder, or maybe they've gotten their idiotic groove back, but I thought there was a lot of good stuff today.

First, of  course, there is the inevitable, and from the inevitable source, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit:

I waited most of the day to add this item, to see if a single mainstream press organization would touch it with a barge pole.  You know that if they could, they'd be screaming about it nonstop, but no...only Jim and the usual assorted dimwits who repeat his lies (Pam Geller, Liberty News, et. al.) are reporting this.  Par for the course from these guys, except for this:  I feel lucky if I get 500 hits a day; Gateway Pundit gets 4-5 million hits a month.

Update:  Jim Hoft has altered his article.  The headline now reads:

"UPDATE: Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Was Planning “Spectacular Gesture”

Not one word remains about what the original article said.  Except here.


 Well, let's just move on:

Erick Erickson, Town Hall:  "Cruz to the Front...Were the election for president held today, Ted Cruz would be president of the United States"

What's surprising about this remark is not the insane belief that, as stupid as American voters seem to be,  Ted Cruz could ever be elected, but that Erick seems to think that would actually be a good thing. Because who wants the United States to survive any longer, anyway?

S. E. Cupp, Town Hall:  "Although only one Republican has officially announced his candidacy for president so far, it looks like a formidable, diverse field of conservatives will be contending in the primaries."

"Formidable" seeming to be a rough translation for "batshit crazy," and "diverse" meaning "having a wide variety of mental impairments."

David Limbaugh:  "The ambush-prone mainstream media (MSM) has difficulty trapping Sen. Ted Cruz, not just because he is mentally agile and verbally adroit. He has truth and authenticity on his side, and it is much harder to trip up someone of that description."

Truth and authenticity.  Right, David.  The reason anyone has difficulty trapping Cruz is because he can lie right in your face without a second's hesitation- the greatest skill a Republican can have.

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "Hunting Season Opens on Ted Cruz...Ted Cruz-Derangement-Syndrome went viral in the media this week."

Whereas, Republicans are going to treat Hillary's candidacy with the utmost respect.

Ed Feulner, Town Hall:  "Critics? Or Traitors?  “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve."

Critics?  Sabotaging your country does not, in my world, constitute criticism.  So, maybe Ed wants to ask "Saboteurs or Traitors?"  Because the truth lies somewhere between those two terms.  Unfortunately for the rest of us, even treason is okay when Republicans indulge themselves in it.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "The UN's Anti-Israel Animus Hits An All-Time Low"

I think you mean an all time high, Michael.  Maybe you have an anti-language animus?

Streiff, Red State:  "Chris Christie signs bill to screw consumers and preserve a monopoly"

As if Streiff, or anyone else at Red State gives a damn about consumers.  But today, he's getting paid to see to it that Christie doesn't rise from the dead and threaten the already annointed GOP candidate (hint: this candidate's brother was already President) so all of a sudden, Streiff has a divine revelation about monopolies.

Streiff, Red State:  "Bernie Sanders’s wife involved in real estate scam?"

Notice the question mark there..."I mean, I'm not saying, I'm just asking?"  Standard behavior for Republicans that want to spread smears which they know are false, of course.  This one revolves around money given to a small college that she was President of for a while.  They used $1 million given to the college as collateral for a loan.  Now, what's wrong with that?  Well, it seems to depend on the difference between a "bequest" and a "donation."  If you really can turn that into a scandal in your mind, you undoubtedly believe Hillary murdered Vince Foster, and Obama is a Kenyan.  I.e. you are part of the Republican base.

Joe Cunningham, Red State:  "No allies are safe from the manchild president"

"Manchild President."  Let me remind you that this is exactly what the Republicans gave us between 2001 and 2009.  Once again, this has nothing to do with Obama at all.  It is an attempt to lie away the colossal failures of the Bush administration by pretending that Obama is exactly what Bush was.  Hasn't worked yet, but another thirty years of trying might get them somewhere, just like they have succeeded in making so many people forget that Reagan was a corrupt traitor.

Dave Swindle, PJ Media:  "How Do You Rank the Top 10 Greatest Conservative Talk Radio Hosts Today?"

Oh God, don't make me sick.

Paula Boyard, PJ Media:  "Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District of Columbia, was caught on video Wednesday trying — and failing — to maneuver her vehicle into parking spot in a lot between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings."

47 Republican Senators can commit treason, and that's okay with Paula.  But if a Democrat has trouble parking her car, it's nearly a capital crime.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Is Everybody in the Obama Administration Corrupt? Sure Looks That Way"

Despite the fact that not a single charge has been sustained in any court in America.    Unlike this guy:

"The presidency of Ronald Reagan in the United States was marked by multiple scandals, resulting in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any US president."


Or Dick Nixon, whose administration featured the resignation in disgrace of both the President and Vice President, and also featured this guy as Attorney General:  "On February 21, 1975,(John)  Mitchell was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison"

Or Obama's predecessor, who was made President in the greatest act of judicial corruption in our history, and then destroyed the economy through an endless campaign of siphoning the nation's resources to rich Republican campaign donors.

But oh, no, Obama is the corrupt one.

Kathy Shaidle, PJ Media:  "The One Important Fact Every Media Report Left Out About That ‘Town That Banned Swearing’

Funny, the media I pay attention to left out this entire story.  And truth to say, good for them, because I could not care less about it.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Liar-in-Chief News: Obama Claims “Deficit Has Come Down by 2/3’s Since I’ve Been President”

"Liar in Chief."  The last Bush Federal deficit, for the 2009 year (in a budget from the Bush administration in October, 2008) was $1.413 trillion.  The 2014 budget deficit?  $486 billion, or 34.4% of Bush's last deficit.  Gee, I guess Obama is a big, fat liar- his claim was off by one percent!

And let us not forget that Bush conveniently excluded the $3 trillion cost of the Iraq war from his deficit figures,  Obama didn't do that, so the results are actually far more stark that the above numbers show.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Hysteria over Cruz illustrates what we're up against"

Sanity.  That's what they're up against.

A. J. Castellito, Renew America:  "Merging Paul's outreach with Cruz's principles"

I didn't read this article because I was afraid that it was going to be about ISIS.

Astute Bloggers:  "EXPOSING ISRAEL'S NUKE SECRETS DOESN'T JUST HURT BIBI, OR THE LIKUD; IT HURTS ISRAEL AND HELPS IRAN"

Because, like, before this, no one suspected that Israel has nuclear weapons.

Astute Bloggers:  "WAS GERMANWINGS AIRBUS SHOT DOWN BY ISIS OR AQIM WITH A SHOULDER LAUNCHED MISSILE SMUGGLED ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN FROM LIBYA?"

Well, no, apparently not.  Astute Bloggers have updated this story, but not to mention that the plane was brought down by its copilot, and not by ISIS.  Time to move on to the next lie.

Astute Bloggers:  "WHY DID HILLARY AND BARACK REALLY MEET PRIVATELY???????"

Because normally, when a President meets with his Secretary of State, they do it in a public park, with megaphones, so everyone can hear everything they say.

Astute Bloggers:  "IS THERE A FORM OF DEVIANCY THAT THE LEFT WON'T SUPPORT? EVIDENTLY NOT:  A Democratic bill unveiled this week would allow former convicted felons released from prison to vote in federal elections."

On the other hand, Republicans blocked a bill against human sex trafficking last week because it didn't attack abortion.  Let's see: ex-cons voting?  Not deviancy as far as I can tell.  Sex trafficking?  Now that is sort of deviant, isn't it?

Jonathan Emord, News with Views:  "THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST ROOTS OF COMPULSORY VACCINATION"

Yup, if you are for vaccination, you are a Nazi.

Donna Wasson, News with Views:  "CNN, has apparently changed the meaning of their initials from the "Clinton News Network" to the "Christ Negation Network."

Okay.  I hadn't noticed that.  But then, I don't watch CNN, because I'm afraid I might see Wolf Blitzer, and have to run to the bathroom to lose my lunch.

Coach Dave Daubenmire, News with Views:  "I’m sick of it. I’m sick of sissified, passive Christianity"

Okay then, Coach.  Whatever.

Jake McAulay, News with Views:  "CAN OBAMA SERVE ANOTHER TERM?"

Well, we hear right wing idiots everywhere screaming about this nonsense.  The real reason I included Jake here was this remark of his:

"The last president to embark on a third term was the philanderer Franklin D. Roosevelt."

Because that's what we remember about Roosevelt.  Not that he ended the Republican depression, or that he successfully led us through World War II, but that he was (supposedly) a philanderer.  Well, I guess if that is what is important to you...

Servando Gonzales, News With Views:  "Secession? Hell no! Revolution? Hell Yes!... it is too late for secession"

Like I said, whatever.  And let's just go out on some sage Conservative advice:

Trooper Greg Evanson, News with Views:  "Some will say, "I can't leave my job" or "the kids HAVE to go to school" and "what would my friends and family say." Let me give it to you as straight as I POSSIBLY can. NONE OF IT WILL MATTER IF YOU ARE DEAD!! "

Well, can't argue with that, I guess.  As long as you don't give a damn about anything but yourself.  It might matter to your kids, or your friends, or the people who go to your church, but really, who cares about them?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Just How Sick Is The Right In This Country?

Here's a little story told by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, recent winner of Breitbart's "Defender of the First Amendment" award, and beloved as a patriot throughout the right.  It's strong stuff, so if you are easily upset, maybe you should skip the rest of this post:

“I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson said. “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’” 

Robertson kept going: “Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’” 

“If it happened to them,” Robertson continued, “they probably would say, ‘something about this just ain’t right.”

Sick, violent fantasy from someone who just can't even conceive that people wouldn't act this way out of a desire not to hurt other people, but only do good because they are afraid of being tortured by their God.  And the wingnuts love him.  This rant is right in line with the perverted beliefs of Conservatives, and it makes you shudder to think how they might act if they ever really got in control of things here.  There really aren't enough words to describe how loathsome these people are.


The above from Right Wing Watch, via Little Green Footballs.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Steve King Tells Jews How To Be Jews

So, it's well established that Rep. Steve King is just about as big an asshole as you could ever find in Congress (which is, after all, a den of assholes, so that is an achievement) but he has really set a new standard with this one.

"Rep. Steve King (R-IA) criticized "Jews in America" who, in an effort to align themselves with President Obama's stance on Israel, are "Democrats first and Jewish second," BuzzFeed reported on Friday. 

King's comments were made during an interview on Friday with Boston Herald Radio about the members of Congress who refused to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on March 3.

"Well, there were some 50 or so Democrats that, that decided they would boycott the president's speech," King said. "Here's what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their President."

You know what?  I've spent my whole life hearing from right wing haters that American Jews were really more loyal to Israel (a place most of them have never been) than they are to the United States.  Now it turns out that American Jews are supposed to support Israel more than our own country?  Who knew?

Let's face it: to anti-Semitic haters like Steve King, Jews are horrible no matter what they do.  They have this supporting role to play in King's ugly little theology, where they are all slaughtered so his malicious God can come back, but other than that, they should just shut up and support their would-be murderers, whatever they happen to want at the moment.

Why the hell do we allow people like this to be in Congress?

TED!

Ted, Ted, Ted!

All I want to know is how Saturday Night Live is going to get Bill Murray back, to play him:


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bibi Changes My Mind

Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have always been a strong supporter of Israel, and have spent a fair amount of time there.  This was the result of a job there, not for religious reasons, just to be clear; but I have seen things in Israel for myself, and have been to parts of Israel and the West Bank that most foreigners would never see.

I have to say, though, that supporting the country's right to exist is not the same as supporting any one of its politicians.  As an American, I certainly don't support the warmonger McCain, or the terminally dishonest sociopath Mitt Romney, and I would have continued to oppose them if the American people had been stupid enough to send them to the White House.   This is not because (as is the case with Republican hatred for Obama) it is a partisan duty to destroy opposition parties, or because I hate their race, but because their policies, at every step of the way, are destructive to this nation.  And for the same reason, I have nothing but contempt for the militaristic demagogue Netanyahu.

Well, unfortunately, when a person is repeatedly elected to head a state, it becomes harder and harder to separate their behavior from that of the people who keep them in office; and I am afraid that, with Netanyahu's successful campaign strategy, he has crossed a Rubicon with me.

This change in my attitude revolves principally around Netanyahu's racist pledge to never allow a Palestinian state; a promise which emerged out of nowhere to dominate the last few days of the campaign, apparently swaying a good number of Israel's low-information voters.  I believe, along with most people, that a two state solution is really the only hope to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that is not the real reason I am turning my back on Netanyahu.  It is because, within two days after the election, he repudiated that position, and was saying the exact opposite, in an example of two-facedness that would make even his long term friend Mitt Romney blush.  How can we ever trust a person who would engage in this kind of duplicity, in order to win an election?*

This behavior, concerning the most important thing in the world to Israeli survival, established beyond a doubt that Netanyahu can never be trusted as an honest negotiating partner, and that nothing that his government promises can be relied upon.  Further, it has shown that, when confronted with a choice between his country's survival and his own political fortunes, he will choose the latter.  When you combine this with Netanyahu's open collaboration with Obama's sworn enemies in the United States, you end up with someone who is not our friend, and is not going to run Israel with any respect for the long alliance between our two countries.

It is Netanyahu who has betrayed Obama, not (as Republicans of course insist) Obama who has betrayed Israel, and I hope reports that Obama jerked Netanyahu's chain good and hard are true.  To hell with him, and if his fellow Israelis insist on following along behind him, to hell with them too.


*I guess we could ask that question of every Republican politician in the country, but that's a topic for another day.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Little More Right Wing Violence

Some of you may have heard about an incident today in Mesa, Arizona, in which a jerk went on a rampage, shooting six people, thankfully killing only one of them.  This guy turns out to be a 41 year old idiot named Ryan E. Giroux, who I'm showing below:
I do not think I need to explain to you what end of the political spectrum this guy comes from, given the very fashionable skin head eyebrow tattoos and other suggestive disfigurements.

Of course, he will be portrayed in the media as just a crazy guy, or maybe he was driven over the edge by playing warcraft.

And while I am on the subject, I'd like to mention some new news about another jackass, Larry Steve McQuilliams, who was killed by the police after shooting about a hundred shots at government buildings.  At the time of the shooting, it was reported that McQuilliams was an atheist who was active in the local Renaissance Faires, so he was quickly characterized as some sort of left winger.  Now it turns out that he left documents behind indicating that he was a participant in the Phineas Priesthood movement, which is associated with the hard core Aryan Supremacist Christian Identity movement, and has been responsible for a number of acts of violence against racial targets, abortion providers and other visible representatives of the left.  So much for McQuilliams supposedly being a leftist, but I doubt that the press or the right wing blogs will be very interested in correcting themselves.

Winning the Old Fashioned Way

You know that I have said recently that to understand Bibi Netanyahu, you need to think of him as an American Republican (where he started his political involvement) rather than as a product of Israeli political culture.  Well, here is another thing which, I think, will reinforce that:  Bibi won far bigger than anyone was predicting, even though Israeli exit polls showed the election tied. 

Well, there it is- if it works in Texas and Florida, why not in Israel? 

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Rise of a Republican Star

Tom Cotton...he has been in the Senate for  a little more than two months, but, in the fashion of Ted Cruz, he is more than qualified to take it over and run it as his domain.  And he's been a busy little beaver the last week or so, leading to all sorts of right wing luminaries declaring him to be the reigning star of the Republican party:

The National Journal:  "Is This 36-Year-Old Veteran the Future of the GOP?" 

Red State:  "Tom Cotton: The Most Powerful Man in Washington" 

The New Republic:  "Tom Cotton 2016?  This Dark Horse Could Blow Up the 2016 Republican Primary" 

Washington Examiner:  "Tom Cotton touted as 2016 veep for Walker, Bush, Rubio..."He fills the only real qualification of the job: he can take office if POTUS dies or is killed, and can lead in a crisis immediately. Tom would be a real asset to just about any Republican ticket," said one key Republican." 

Allen West:  "Eureka! Tom Cotton proves the existence of cojones in D.C."


Well, enough of that.  So, Cotton led 46 of his Senate Republican compadres in his act of open betrayal of the country, doing whatever he could to prevent peace with Iran, and then what did he do the next day?  Go to Disneyland?  No, he went to a meeting with defense contractors, who thoughtfully donated over a million dollars to him.  Then today, he delivered his first speech in the Senate, in which he called for a vast increase in military spending:

The Blaze:  "Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday called on the United States to return to the military might and capability it had in the 1980s — a plan that he acknowledged would be more expensive, but one that would ensure the safety of Americans, restore U.S. military leadership, and stop inviting power struggles around the world that increasingly seem to befuddle the Obama administration. 

“Our enemies and allies alike must know that aggressors will pay an unspeakable price for challenging the United States,” he said on the Senate floor. “The best way to impose that price is global military dominance. When it comes to war, narrow margins are not enough, for they are nothing more than an invitation to war.”

So here's the thing:  This guy cannot even claim the minimal dignity that might come from actually believing his own nonsense, like Ted Cruz or Louie Gohmert might.  He has only taken one week to reveal himself as a corrupt tool of military contractors, with absolutely no agenda but to divert American wealth into their pockets in return for open bribes,  and presumably will do the same for anyone else who can give him a million dollars for a meeting.  Meet the new star of the Republicans- that's all it takes to walk to the top of the heap in the miserable Republican field.  And our only compensation is the likelihood that, by 2016, the average American won't be able to dredge up a memory of him, any more than they can for Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, and all the others that had their week or two in the clown car, until they were pushed out and it ran them over.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Were There People...

...in the world during the 1930's who watched with horror as they saw and understood what was going on in Germany?  Sure there were; just not enough of them to do what was necessary to avoid 50 million deaths.  I suspect that an awful lot of people around the world are watching the United States these days with the same sense of impending doom.

Nice thought, huh?