Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is respectfully dedicated to Jim Hoft, the famous Stupidest Man On The Internet, for the following post, which has since been deleted without comment (the image capture from Little Green Footballs.)

Is it even necessary to say that CNN never did any such thing?  Jim seemingly found this picture on some sort of neo-Nazi website, and just took it for granted that it was real.  He took it down, but not before numerous other wingnuts picked it up and sent it out into the ether, where it will remain to snag the gullible forever.

Now, to demonstrate how afraid wingnuts and their rich paymasters are of the tide turning on guns in our society, I'd like to show how many opinion pieces one website, Town Hall featured, in one day recently.  And don't forget, this isn't just about gun control.  Once people win a battle with gun companies, they might just get a taste for regulation, and then all bets are off.  And recent victories on gay rights and marijuana have shown them just how fast these changes can come.

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Dear 'Gun Free Zone' Campus Wizards: Nine Kids Died Because Of Your Stupid Policy"

Dear Doug Giles:  More Americans have been killed by guns since 1968 than in all of the wars this country has ever fought.  That's because of your stupid and vicious policy.  The number would be 1,516,863, as of August.  So, if we are apportioning responsibility for gun deaths, you are ahead by a million and a half to nine.  Don't think we are going to be catching up any time soon, even if your disgusting claim were true.

Matt Barber, Town Hall:  "The Facts About Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis"

Facts? Town Hall? Don't make me laugh.

Kevin McdCulloch, Town Hall:  "The lying President of the United States said this, “We know that the states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not born out by the evidence.”


Only in the mind of Barack Obama."

Well, only in the real world, Kevin.  In your lying mind, whatever you want to believe is true.  But that is such an old phenomenon, and it is so hopeless to do anything about it, that who cares any more?

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "Liberals Trash Christianity Non-Stop, Then Blame The 2nd Amendment When Someone Murders Christians"

Of course, Conservatives spend their whole lives fomenting violence against Liberals, and then blame "mental illness" when a right wing neo-Nazi kills a bunch of college students, like happened this week.  Didn't know that the guy was a neo-Nazi?  Funny, the press isn't bothering to mention that.

Now, on to a few more miscellaneous items:

Town Hall:  "US Economy Adds Only 142,000 Jobs"

What a miserable performance compared to the last administration.  Why, by the end of their two terms, the economy was...wait a minute, it was losing 850,000 jobs a month.  Oh well, just forget we brought the subject up.

Andre Walker, Town Hall:  "Clinton Knew Blair Warned Gaddafi To 'Find Safe Place' As Regime Fell"

I'm guessing that this has something to do with Benghazi!!!!!! although I can't exactly say what.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America:  "The un-Christian immorality of socialist Pope Francis"

The Pope.  Un-Christian.  What a concept.  Funny, no one accused the previous Pope of being un-Christian for tolerating mass child rape in the church.  Actually taking the words of Jesus seriously, that is grossly un-Christian.

Newsmax:  "2 Convicted of Murdering Border Agent With 'Fast and Furious' Guns"

Funny, Obama is at fault for these guns falling into the wrong hands, but right wingers bear no blame for seeing to it that the country is now infested with 300,000,000 guns, which, as I mentioned above, are responsible for 1.5 million American deaths in the last half century.

Charles Battig, American Thinker:  "New Climate Regulations Will Save Lots of Imaginary People"

That is, if their deaths will  happen in the future, they are only imaginary people:

"I...feel better for all the theoretical lives that will be saved, according to EPA sponsored studies such as this one.  However, my joy is tempered by the realization that  those are not real lives saved – rather, they are "estimated deaths saved"

Scientific estimates being nothing but fantasy, I guess.

Ed Straker, American Thinker:  "Does Hillary personally identify with transgenderism?"

Nudge, nudge, say no more.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Muslim Migrants Demand Sex"

Easy for them to say.  Say, maybe they could move in with the Duggars.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Donald Trump: 99% of the People Would Be in Jail for What Hillary Did"

Sorry to break it to you, Jim, but there isn't room in jail for 99% of the people.

Ed Lasky, American Thinker:  "Hillary Clinton's Multiple Personality Disorder...Most politicians change their positions for political purposes. Only one national politician routinely changes her own identity -- her accents, her name, her personality and even her height"

Definite proof that she IS one of those shapeshifting lizard people right wingers are so worried about.

Mike Ford, American Thinker:  "Obama Is Going to Get a U.S. Pilot Killed"

Well then, he'll only have about 5,000 to go to catch up to Bush and Cheney.  I guess it's like Stalin once said:  "kill a person and it's a murder; kill ten thousand and it's a statistic."  Or in Republicans' case, just collateral damage- the price we just have to pay for the honor of waging a war that killed a million of them.  And you know who I mean by "them."

Jeffrrey T. Brown, American Thinker:  "Gun Control' Is Actually Conservative Control"

If only it were true- the best argument for gun control I've ever heard.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "How to make a progressive's head explode"

What a useless article.  Every Conservative knows how they want to make progressives' heads explode- with an AR-15.

Pamela Geller, Barb Wire:  "On Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at the United Nations that her office would be working in several American cities to form what she called the Strong Cities Network (SCN), a law enforcement initiative that would encompass the globe. 

This amounts to nothing less than the overriding of American laws, up to and including the United States Constitution, in favor of United Nations laws that would henceforth be implemented in the United States itself – without any consultation of Congress at all. 

The United Nations is a sharia-compliant world body, and Obama, speaking there just days ago, insisted that “violent extremism” is not exclusive to Islam (which it is)."

These guys, for example, were apparently Muslims:

Of course, people like Pam Geller have been telling versions of this same lie as long as I have been writing this blog, and they intend to go on telling it.  And who knows, a few more people may still fall for it.

A. J. Castellito, Barb Wire:  "The Direct Link Between Demonology and Death"

The direct link between demonology and all consuming stupidity.  Unless you really believe that a few puerile teenage "satanists" are going to take over the world any time in the near future.

And, let me interrupt my maundering for a SPECIAL CONTEST:

Can anyone figure out what is supposed to be funny about this cartoon?

Newsmax:  "Read Ben Carson's Letter on 'Muslim' President"

No thanks.

Newsmax:  "Reports: Jeb Urged to Bring in George W. to Campaign in SC"

George Washington?  Man, that would help Jeb out.  Washington has not endorsed a candidate in years.  Oh wait, we're talking about his brother?  Idi Amin could stir up more votes than him.

Mark Antonio Wright, Breitbart:  "Australia’s 1996 Gun Confiscation Didn’t Work – And it Wouldn’t Work in America"

Well, it didn't work except that they haven't had a single mass shooting in Australia since then, while we have about one a week here in The Greatest Country on Earth.  But then, we're special.  God has granted us FREEDOM that no other country has ever known!

Alexis Levinson, Breitbart:  "Can Bobby Jindal Catch Fire from Iowa?"

Bobby Jindal couldn't catch fire in the middle of a volcano.

And now, how about a bit more Hillary bashing?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Sorry Hillary, The NRA Is More Popular Than You"

Luckily for us, despite corporations now being persons, the NRA can't run for President.  This article featured at the top of Town Hall's website presumably to induce its right wing readers to forget that all of their human candidates are getting whipped in the polls by Hillary.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "John Hawkins: Hillary Is About as Qualified To Be President as Paris Hilton"

Paris Hilton having distinguished herself as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State.  You remember that, right?  John makes this point:

" is a woman who’s widely acknowledged to be in the most dysfunctional marriage in the country really someone we should be considering for President of the United States?"

The most dysfunctional marriage in the country. Right.  You know who really has the most dysfunctional marriage in the country?  The Duggars.  Or maybe Kim Davis, now on her third or fourth marriage, after having gotten pregnant with one guy while married to another one. Or maybe Newt Gingrich, now on his fourth.  Or maybe David Vitter, who supplemented his marriage with wearing diapers and having sex with prostitutes.  At least the Clintons haven't deliberately raised any children with such contempt for women that they think it's fine to rape their own sisters. And a little more:

" Given Hillary’s complete lack of ethics, she’s certainly not hanging in there because of any moral convictions. That means she either secretly has terrible self-esteem and doesn’t think she can do any better or she’s such a power-hungry monster that she doesn’t care if her husband likes to take trips to Orgy Island "

She can't do any better than a wildly popular two term President of the United States. She sure settled.

Man, they will tell any lie (or at least the same one over and over again) to get rid of her.  They are really afraid, aren't they?

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Hillary Clinton Is a Nasty Piece of Work"

Intelligent campaign rhetoric from the right.  At this rate, by the time the election comes around, we can expect headlines like "Hillary revealed to actually be Adolf Hitler without the mustache, which got bitten off when she was having sex with a donkey in Times Square."

Donald Lambro, Town Hall:  "Democrats Remain Silent as Obama Economy Kills Jobs"

Bush administration job "growth:"  1.3 million in eight years
Obama administration job growth:  13 million in seven years.

Talk about telling the same lies over and over again.  Donald's column was motivated by the fact that only 143,000 jobs were generated last month, or over a tenth as many as Bush generated in eight years.  Shocking.

And, since we started with Jim Hoft, why not end with him.  I'm sorry to subject you to this, but here's something from Jim's website that really shows just how low Conservatives, who scream in terror every time a liberal says anything negative about them, will go to degrade their opponents:

There really is no bottom line to their disgusting behavior.

Well, I certainly think that's enough for one day.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stating the Obvious about Education

The departure of Arne Ducnan, one of the most business-friendly (i.e. corrupt) members of the executive branch is a perfect opportunity for me to state the obvious about government education policy; that is, what at all costs the mainstream press will not say.

This regards the testing mania and "no child left behind" policies which have become a mantra on the State, local and national levels.  Here is what these programs are really about:

First, you have to remember that the Republican party, where these policies originated, never does anything without their overwhelming purpose being to transfer money from the poor to the rich.  Well, here is the little secret about anything that bases the money schools get on their "performance" on standardized tests:  schools full of better off students are always going to do better on these tests than schools full of poor children, for multiple reasons that are so obvious that they do not even bear repeating here.  Although you'd think this fact is blindingly obvious, it apparently never occurred either to Democrats or to the mainstream press.  So, these policies exist, not to reward better performing schools, but to justify taking money away from the poor and giving it to the rich.  That's what every Republican policy amounts to and this one is no different.

Sure, they have the added benefit of allowing Republicans to create "charter schools," turning education from a social responsibility into a profit center, with results not dissimilar from what happened when they did the same thing with our medical system.  But that is a small matter compared to a deliberate plot to increase the permanent gap between the rich and the poor.  A couple generations of this, and the permanent establishment of the American people as an underclass will be a reality.  Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Want to Leave a Message of Condolence

...for the Oregon shooter?  Well, here is his e-mail address:  ironcross45@gmail.com

When you hear right wingers trying to pretend that this guy is a leftist, keep that in mind.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Saudi Collapse?

I just read an extremely interesting article about a potential decline of Saudi Arabia into a condition not much better than that of Iraq, Syria or Libya.  I guess I always assumed that the Saudis' oil wealth would protect them from that, but maybe I was very wrong.

I'm not going to try to summarize the article here; I'm not even going to claim that I know enough to say how much credence to give to it.  But I do think it's an important read, and I encourage you to take a look at it.  All we need is for Saudi Arabia to sink into chaos, so even the thought is enough to keep me up at night.  I'd be most interesting to hear any opinions about this article.

Spending Their Time Constructively

Republicans in Congress working for you, every day!

"The House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks is now the longest congressional investigation in history...As of Monday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has been active for 72 weeks -- surpassing the record previously held by the Watergate Committee in the 1970's"

No comment really necessary.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup respectfully dedicated to Sarah Palin, who had the unmitigated gall to make the following claim:

"Palin also disagreed with a recent statement by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who said last week that the Republican Party "often appears cold and unwelcoming to minorities." 

"I can't think of any Republican that I know who would have that in their heart," Palin said. The Republican party "... is the party that would wish to bring people in together, standing together, putting America first, even in terms of the culture, accepting people's differences and the diverse views and everything else, because we have common sense driving our party," she said.

I'd spend the whole rest of this post trying to unpack the delusions and lies contained in that last paragraph, so let's just continue with some more right wing delusion, before I fall into a coma:

Rev. Mark H. Creech, Renew America:  "The Christian work ethic is greatly needed in our day. It alone can guarantee a vibrant and ever-growing economy. It alone can deliver us from the overwhelming burden of the welfare ranks. It alone can deliver one from labor endured only for the sake of a wage. It alone can produce the kind of conviction needed to restore pride in workmanship, rather than just concerns with a bottom line. It alone can generate honest workers. Able to alter even the most menial task into a royal act, it alone results in a joyous consummation to life."

"It alone can deliver one from labor endured only for the sake of a wage. It alone can produce the kind of conviction needed to restore pride in workmanship..."

Not, say, being treated fairly by our employer, instead of just being reduced to one more commodity to squeeze dry and discard, or having a job that allows us to use our creative skills to make a product that we believe in.  No, all it takes is the "Christian work ethic;" i.e. a willingness to allow ourselves to be exploited our whole lives by the rich, in return for the promises contained in a fairy tale.

And while we are on the subject of work:

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "Is work a curse or a gift?"

Sort of depends on what work it is, don't you think, dumbass?  For instance, this work is pretty much a curse:

While this work is what I would call a gift:

See, Jerry, easy answers to easy (but stupid) questions.  What I wonder is why those people in the first picture didn't have the sense to buy a Telecaster when they were young and start learning a few Muddy Waters tunes.

Right, now an entry into the competition for scandals that ain't gonna happen:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "WashPost: Clintons Used Their Own Cash To Pay State Department Staffer For Server Maintenance"

The horror!  The Clintons paid for something themselves!  Can we impeach her before she is elected?

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea"

Because it leaves less for the Waltons and the Koch brothers?  That's my guess.  Oh wait- that's only part of John's thinking:

"Wages are not a gift"

And if a rich guy pays workers one cent more than the minimum he has to, if he doesn't want to have them slit his throat, that is a gift, which they most definitely don't deserve.

"Also, economists know there is no free lunch. If one person has a gain – in the absence of any increased production — someone else must endure a loss."

Sort of gives the lie to the trickle-down theory, huh?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Australian Actor Who Stars as Christian Football Coach in ‘Woodlawn’ Tackles US Race Relations"

Oh God, no.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Forget What You’ve Heard: Republicans Have the Demographic Edge for 2016"

Brought to you by the same people who correctly predicted that Mitt would win in a landslide.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Ohio GOPs to Obama: President McKinley’s Legacy ‘Tarnished’ for ‘Political Stunt’

McKinley's legacy tarnished?  Among who? The American people, not one of whom in a thousand could tell you a thing about him?

By the way, McKinley's "legacy" seems to involve starting and winning the Spanish-American war, one of the great imperialist acts in our history, raising tariffs (perhaps a good thing) and insisting on sticking to the gold standard.  We wouldn't want to "tarnish" that magnificent legacy, would we?

Town Hall:  "Courting unions on Labor Day, Obama pushes paid sick leave"

Because a) only union workers care about paid sick leave, and b) it is deeply disturbing to have a politician courting unions on labor day.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Kim Davis is Rosa Parks"

No she's not.  She's the bus driver that wouldn't let Rosa Parks sit in the front of the bus.

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Obama's 'dark, Machiavellian' politics to sink Hillary"

This article presents the thesis, from a Fox news reporter, that, despite every appearance to the contrary, it is in fact not the Republicans, but Barack Obama who is behind the years of smears against Hillary Clinton.  Now, why would he do this?

"...he is not a Democrat...He is a Marxist revolutionary who has used the Democratic Party as a vehicle to get elected to import his revolution straight into the United States directly from the White House."

Oh, now I understand it.  Amazing too, since the persecution of Hillary dates from at least 1991, the year Obama graduated from law school, at the age of 30.  What a laser-like focus he had, even then.  And with eight years to import his revolution, he did nothing until the last year, when he decided to sabotage the Democratic candidate for President.  How is that supposed to import Marxism?  Who knows?

And now, the Christian response to the current Middle Eastern refugee crisis:

Donna Edmunds, Breitbart:  "Churches have responded by vowing to “welcome refugees”, citing Matthew 25:35-41, in which Jesus said “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Seems a pretty open and shut case, right? Aren’t we always reminded as Christians that we should never simply walk by on the other side?  However, nothing is simply black and white. All solutions have pros and cons. 1 Corinthians 10 reminds us: “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”

See, what Jesus says seems one hundred percent clear, but if you only look at things from the "mature" right wing Christian viewpoint, you will understand that the right thing to do is to kick these people in the teeth, let them starve, and get back to worrying about gay marriage and teaching kids about evolution.  Just like with the Constitution, there are parts of the Bible written in invisible ink that only right wingers can read.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Rude Dem Reps Call Pro-life Witness 'Remarkably Ignorant'

It is rude to tell the truth.  This occurred at a Republican Congressional "Hearing" entitled " “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation's Largest Abortion Provider."   The horrific abortion practice,  of course, are totally fictitious, and are based on lying videos produced by right wing thugs.  The hearing was packed with anti-abortion lunatics, but Planned Parenthood was not allowed to appear.  So much for trying to find the truth.

John Stossel, Town Hall:  "I'm upset that the presidential candidates, all of them, rarely mention a huge problem: the quiet cancer that kills opportunity -- regulation."

More for billionaires!  Less for everyone else!  More stock market crashes!  More crooked real estate companies! Less health care! More pollution! More money in elections!  More global warming!  Less Social Security!  More people in jail!  Less people in school!  Yeah, I agree, John.  Why aren't more candidates running on that platform?  Particularly because, if they are Republicans, that's exactly what they are going to do if they get elected.

Paul Greenberg, Town Hall:  "A Mountain Disappears...Poor old William McKinley, 25th president of the United States and today's Forgotten Man, is the latest victim of the country's rage for identity politics."
No mention of the many mountains in West Virginia, Kentucky and a couple of other States, that really have disappeared, in pursuit of the Republican goal of letting a few people make as much money as possible from the dirtiest source of energy in the world.

Still there.

Not there any more.  See the difference?

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Jail time for Christians: no longer a hypothesis"

Lloyd, there are millions of people in jail in the U.S. and practically all of them are Christians. Forgot about that, huh?  Or are you saying that we only have the right to demand that non-Christians follow the law?  In which case, there are a lot of gang guys waiting in line to get out.

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "Will Congress awake before every Christian in America is arrested?"

I didn't know Congress was asleep.  I thought the Republicans in Congress were all running for President.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Contrary To What Her Aides Say, Hillary Continues To Joke About Private Email Server"

Well, this pretty well shows how bankrupt Hillary's e-mail scandal is, by this point- the only thing wrong is that she is joking about it.

And never let a good lie fade away:

John Ransome, Town Hall:  "Turns out too, since the Defense Department is now giving out Purple Hearts to soldiers who were exposed to Saddam’s WMDs, that oh yeah, there were chemical weapons in Iraq— including sarin nerve gas— which could now be in the hands of insurgents like ISIS."

The purple hearts were for a few soldiers exposed to traces of nerve gas while cleaning up some shells left from the first gulf war, and which were totally useless as weapons (this gas has a functional life of about five years.)  Needless to say, they would be of no value to ISIS or anyone else.  Saddam had no WMD's in 2002, and no plans to get them.  This all from a boilerplate article blaming Obama and Jimmy Carter for Bush's disaster in Iraq.

And a little obituary:

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Adieu to Rick Perry...He probably would have made a very good president."

In what universe, Roger?

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America:  "Bush and Obama make Putin look good"

They make a would-be dictator like Putin look good to a right wing racist hater like you, Chuck.  Not to anyone else.

And a special shout out to Republican Presidential "candidate" Rand Paul, who had this to say about Donald Trump:

“Someone Has to Point Out to the American Public That He’s a Fake”

Translation, for those not familiar with Republicans:  "Someone has to point out that, if Trump were not in the race, I would be doing a lot better flogging the same hateful ideas.  After all, Trump has no government experience, whereas I am a sitting United States Senator, thanks to my daddy's connections"

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Obama Administration Leaves Conservative Schools Off ‘College Scorecard’

The horror! Turns out that they were left off because they are right wing schools that refuse to allow their students to get title IV money for their education, because it is a communist plot.  Consequently, they are not required to submit records to the government, and so they are not on the scorecard. Somehow, that is the government's fault.

Frank Tipler, PJ Media:  "Atheist Scientists Are Incompetent"

Okay, then.

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Even as McConnell Gives Planned Parenthood a Pass, MSM Continues to Cover for Group...It's as if the videos don't exist."

Or as if they are a pack of malignant forgeries carefully edited to spread a fictitious smear.  Well, that's what they really are.  Stephen seems to have forgotten that.

Brianna Sharbaugh, PJ Media:  "How to Prepare Your Kids for the Dangers of Sexual Predators"

Keep them away from the Duggars.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Pope lays out global Marxist agenda"

Well, Cliff just wanted to be sure that we understand what caring for the poor is all about.  Funny how Republicans loved the perverted son of a bitch who was the last Pope, but this one is a Communist.

Well, enough.  The right wing blogs have been particularly lacking in humor lately, so I had trouble scraping this together.  I'm quitting while I'm ahead.  Or at least less than a million miles behind. When it comes to idiocy, you can never catch up to the wingnuts.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Green Eagle Picks the Speaker

Here's a thing that will surprise most people:  The Speaker of the House does not need to be a member of the House.  Here's the relevant language from the Constitution:

"The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment."

So, with this in mind, I strongly urge the Republicans to finalize the obvious, and pick the person who has been the de facto leader of House Republicans for a couple of years now:

Yes, I believe that if the Republicans really believe the sewage they are selling to the American people, Ted Cruz is the only fit person to be made Speaker of the House.  Okay, he is a sitting U.S. Senator, where his main purpose seems to be seeing to it that the government does nothing, and he is also engaged in a meaningless, egomaniacal "run" for President.  He's doing great with those two things, so why couldn't he take on one more job, where his only goal will be to drive the country into a wall, by stopping it from functioning.

Come on, Republicans- do the right thing.  Let your real nature shine loud and proud.  Send the country into the shining future you have been promising us for so long, and let the most Republican person in the government have his rightful position.

Friday, September 25, 2015

It's Him and the Bottle Now

Bye bye to celebrity drunk John Boehner, who is finally joining Sarah Palin in the Quitters' Brigade.

You know, I feel a little sorry for him.  He's constantly attacked as the worst speaker of the House in history, but I'm not sure how well anyone could do, faced with the intransigent right wing army his fellow Republicans worked so hard to create.

So, I've already heard a right wing talk show host this morning bringing up the name of Louie Gohmert as Boehner's replacement.  That would be a treat, huh?

Update:  Well, it's several hours later, and for some reason I have been surprised to find the main take of the "liberal" press seems to be that this act- a sitting House speaker driven from office by his party's own extremists- is being presented as a really good thing for the Republicans, on the basis that it will by some magic force cause those very same extremists who just won a great victory to not want to shut the government down in a couple of weeks.  How this is supposed to work I am not sure, but then everything that happens is good for the Republicans, right?  No matter how ignominious and shameful it is.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Give It Up, Ben

So, now Ben Carson is saying that science is just fairy tales, and that Charles Darwin got the idea for evolution from Satan.

And everyone says, "how can Ben say that- after all, he is a scientist."

Well, Ben has motivated me to make a belligerent point.  Surgeons are not scientists.  They are people who have been extensively trained to perform physical acts with extreme precision.  That makes them more like plumbers than nuclear physicists.  So let's stop pretending that Ben's success as a surgeon gives him any greater insight into science than anyone else.  Because, it clearly doesn't.

Monday, September 21, 2015

I Guess the Koch Brothers Didn't Answer His Prayer

Scott Walker suspended his campaign today, when he realized that, without a vast pool of Koch Brothers money, he couldn't convince his own mother that he was a decent human being.  Don't worry though- If the Kochs should change their mind, he'll be back plenty damned quick.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


This news just in from South Africa:

"More than 4,000 inmates evacuated from a South African jail after two inmates died from a rat-related disease due to "overcrowding" and "inhumane" conditions."

I hear the same thing nearly happened at the Republican debate last week.

Enough Already- I Mean Really

I'm not in the practice of reposting graphics from Facebook featuring quotations from politicians, but this one is really too much:

And this is the person who stood before the nation the other day and told a complete, malignant lie about Planned Parenthood- and don't even try to tell me that she was just mistaken.  Her smears have now catapulted her into second place in Republican polls.  This is supposed to be the anti-Hillary- a useless failure who made millions while destroying tens of thousands of her own company's jobs, who has never been elected to anything, and who lies without a sign that she cares about it, if it gets her what she wants.  When, gentlemen of the press, is enough enough?  Or are you going to go on providing these people with cover until the earth is an uninhabitable desert, and there is no one left to lie to?