Sunday, March 1, 2015

Welcome to Town, Bibi

So here it is- the week that Bibi Netanyahu, having sold his soul to his long time compadres in the Republican party, arrives to do whatever gratuitous damage he can to the foreign policy apparatus of the United States.  In a brilliant stroke of timing, the Republican subversives in Congress, who are bringing him over to perform his circus act in front of Congress, have seen, through the mechanism of last Friday's act of funding the Department of Homeland Security for exactly one week, that he shows up in the middle of the worst example of Republican-generated Constitutional crises since the last time they shut the government down, a year and a half ago.  I'm hoping that this innocent accident of timing will give Netanyahu an opportunity to reflect on exactly what sort of government leaders he has chosen to be his allies.

In any event, I think it is very important for Americans to remember that this is not about Netanyahu, who is, in the end, perfectly entitled to speak wherever he wants, if he thinks it will somehow aid his country.  This whole crisis is about the Republican party, which is proving once again that the partisan act of dealing damage to Democrats outweighs every concern they might have ever had about the welfare of the United States.  I hope Americans can see, in the conflation of these two events, a perfect example of what is really going on in the party that has transformed itself into a subversive cult.

John Boehner is not The Worst Speaker in History

As the Republican congressional collapse continues, I see articles every day, from both sides of the political fence, claiming that John Boehner is the worst Speaker of the House in history.  This is complete nonsense and just shows how shallow the American art of political observation is.

The truth is that, ever since Ronald Reagan, the Republican party has worked night and day, year after year, to breed a base which is absolutely impervious to any sort of reason or fact, and which has a built-in hatred of Democrats so strong that it overwhelms every other thought or emotion they may feel.

Well, it worked.  Did Boehner contribute to giving birth to this monster?  Yes, he did, but no more that virtually every Republican leader in the past 40 years, and far less than Rove, Cheney, Palin and a hundred more I could mention.

The Republican party that these people sent to Congress is, like its base, motivated by hatred and greed, a toxic combination in which reason plays no part.  Other than giving in to them and letting them destroy the country completely, there is no way for the Speaker to control them, or to prevent the endless series of disasters which they will continue to produce.  Boehner, not a good speaker, but certainly not a craven, corrupt worm after the model of Newt Gingrich, is the victim of a situation that, at worst, he played a very minor role in generating.  It doesn't make me feel sorry for him, but I do want to point out that blaming it all on Boehner just aids the real culprits in this situation from having to take responsibility for the ugly perversion of government they have created.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Self Reliance Conservative Style

Remember Richard Mack, the lunatic former Sheriff who joined Cliven Bundy and was the one who came up with the idea of putting all the women and children down front so they would be killed first? Well, here are the top two items from Mr. Mack's website today:

"Decisions from Sheriff Mack's lawsuit against the Clinton administration being used to block Obamacare 
On December 9, 2013 Newsmax.com reported that South Carolina is very close to passing HB 3101, which nullifies Obamacare for SC citizens and businesses. If the bill passes, South Carolina will be the first state to take this courageous and very appropriate stand against this most destructive and abusive and yes, unconstitutional statute!"

"Family members and other supporters start a GoFundMe campaign for Richard & Dawn Mack 
In November of 2014, Richard Mack's wife Dawn was hospitalized with serious medical issues. Then, in early January of 2015, Richard suffered a heart attack that required surgery. Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance."


I do not believe any comment on this is necessary.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bye Bye Democracy

Here's a report on the annual survey of world elections by Harvard University and the University of Sydney, which pretty much reports what anyone could have predicted.  I should mention at the outset that this article is from Brad Friedman, who has chronicled the degeneration of the American electoral system for as long as I can remember, and who is, accordingly, totally marginalized by the mainstream press:

"U.S. 'Electoral Integrity' Ranked 45th Among 107 Nations, 'Worst of Established Democracies'...[C]ontests in the United States scored the worst performance among any long-established democracy. Hence the 2012 Presidential elections was ranked 42nd worldwide, while the 2014 mid-term Congressional races was ranked 45th, similar to Colombia and Bulgaria. One reason is that experts expressed growing concern over US electoral laws and processes of voter registration, both areas of heated partisan debate."

Columbia or Bulgaria.  I don't think I am being unfair to state that this outcome is pretty much the equivalent of having no democracy at all.  And this survey does not seem to take into effect the coming tsunami of money being poured into the electoral system where, as you know, one source alone- the Koch brothers- is slated to spend as much as either one of the two political parties in the next Presidential election.


I want to make it clear that this is not some sort of horrid accident.  It is the result of a conscious, decades-long campaign by one of the two American political parties to destroy any input from the American people concerning who rules them.  It is now possible to run successful campaigns in this country with the financing of one or two rich people,totally eliminate the participation of 99.999% of the rest of us, except in a political dog and pony show designed to ape the appearance of fair elections.

And let me be clear about what caused this low ranking:

according to the new report, the project's "concept of 'electoral integrity' refers to international standards and global norms governing the appropriate conduct of elections." 

...The November 2014 Congressional elections got poor grades because experts were concerned about the electoral laws, voter registration, the process of drawing district boundaries, as well as regulation of campaign finance."
The study cites U.S. voter registration, "in particular", as a concern. It cites new laws regarding access to the polls as "increasingly polarized and litigious...ever since the 2000 'Florida' debacle, generating growing controversy in state-houses and the courts."
"America also suffers from exceptionally partisan and decentralized arrangements for electoral administration," according to the study, which finds that recent Supreme Court decisions "suggest that the role of money in American politics deserves more detailed scrutiny."

In other words, the concerns of this study were regarding Republican voter suppression efforts.  The issue of the Citizens' United decision has not even really been factored into the mix.  If it had, the US ranking would have been even lower, clearly falling where it now belongs, in the category of no democracy at all, or to be more blunt, a fascist oligarchy.

But this is AMERICA, The Greatest Country In The History Of The World, and if you claim there is one single thing wrong with AMERICA, we will scream you down with a tide of abuse which will shut you up forever.

No public education, no health care, no environmental protections of any kind, no provision for what happens to you when you are too old or sick to make money for your boss, and wages low enough to barely keep you from starvation: this is all just around the corner in this country.  And virtually no one on either side seems to care.  So much for family values; most Americans care more for their hatred and their greed than they do for their children.  And they are going to get just what their piggish, disgusting attitudes have earned them.  It's just too bad that those of us who care for what this country used to be are going to get it too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Don't Love America

I don't love the country that slaughtered two million civilians in a war of aggression against Vietnam, and four decades later still refuses to face up to the largest mass murder since the Nazis.

I don't love the country that invaded an innocent country in the Middle East, killing another half million civilians and creating murderous chaos, based on lies and racial hatred.

I don't love the country that has made a handful of rich sociopaths more powerful than all of the rest of us.

I don't love the country that will let millions go without health care in order to increase the income of a for-profit medical system.

I don't love the country where, apparently any white police officer can kill any black guy without consequences (and in more and more Republican States, any white guy at all.)

I don't love the country that tortures.

I don't love the country that is deliberately letting the entire world descend into ecological disaster in order to enhance the profits of a few energy companies.

I don't love the country where five corrupt Supreme Court justices are destroying democracy in order to hand the running of the government over to a few hundred rich criminals.

I don't love the country where one of the political parties spends half its time agitating for more vicious, totally unjustified wars, and the other half of its time pandering to the most ignorant, hate-filled people they can find.

I don't love the country that has, over the last century, intervened militarily and through subversion, in dozens of supposedly sovereign states around the world, with the result inevitably being catastrophe.

I don't love the country that enables 90% of its press to be owned by six huge corporations.



You know, I could go on all day here.  When people persist in this sort of "love" in their personal lives, they are called codependents or, perhaps more to the point, victims or suckers.  Luckily, most of the bad boyfriends or girlfriends we know don't have the power to kill millions, or even the whole human race.  But the country that we are angrily instructed to love does have that power.  And as long as it uses it the way the United States does, I just don't see what is there to love.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

And let's just start out with the most incoherent attack on Obama I've seen lately:

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "While ISIS conducts a pogrom in the Middle East on groups like Jews and Christians with whom it disagrees, the Obama administration has transferred their domestic political pogrom on jobs to the black hooded terrorist army."

Huh?  I guess he is trying to say that Obama is somehow like ISIS, because he is conducting a "pogrom" on jobs.  The statistics on this vicious pogrom can be seen in this chart:

or this one:

Mr. Ransom somehow forgot to mention that Obama's pogrom on jobs has actually generated over 11 million jobs.  Just an accident, I guess.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Ethics Go Out the Door as Clinton Foundation Accepts Foreign Funds"

No real scandal?  Then let's make up a fake one:  The Clinton Foundation is a charity.  None of the money goes to the Clintons themselves, or to Hillary's campaign.

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Reminder: Democrats Hate Guns and Gun Owners"

What precipitated this rant?  Well, some lady with a concealed permit from Pennsylvania got arrested in New Jersey for carrying a concealed weapon.  So Republicans are trying to pass a bill forcing all States to recognize other States' concealed carry permit.  Democrats are against this.  How fast the entire 150 year history of States' rights goes out the window as soon as Republicans want to pander to gun manufacturers (or anyone else with a whole lot of money, really.)

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "The Line Between Islamic Extremists and Gay Rights Extremists...We have another life targeted for destruction by the gay rights community. Barronelle Stutzman, an evangelical Christian, declined to provide flowers for the homosexual wedding of a long time customer of hers. The customer was gay and, again, a long time customer. Barronelle Stutzman is now going to lose her business, her life savings, and possibly her own home for putting her faith into practice. Both her customer and the State of Oregon are taking everything she has for not bowing at the altar of sexual sin."

Because buying flowers is exactly the same as cutting people's heads off and burning them to death.

And now, how about a relatively long  journey into the world of right wing malice?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media: "Is Obama a Manchurian Candidate? I can’t believe I’m actually asking if Obama is a Manchurian candidate."

I'm not saying, I'm just asking, you see.  Well, back to the crazy:

I am so NOT into conspiracy theories.  For me, it was always  Oswald with the Mannlicher-Carcano in the Texas School Book Depository.  The only conspiracy I ever believed in was the Black Sox Scandal.  And yet… and yet…. 

No, I still don’t believe it. It’s simply not true.  Barack Obama is not the Manchurian candidate. That’s just an excuse. The only problem is…

"He’s worse.  He’s far worse.  Barack Obama doesn’t have to be a Manchurian candidate.  He can and is doing more damage without being one.  A Manchurian candidate could be exposed (yes, and possibly could not).  Barack Obama doesn’t need that.  He and the media and the brainwashed public that elected him are destroying our country (and the West) all by themselves.   We have the next thing to a jihadist in the White House."

It's getting near the end of Obama's Presidency and they still haven't found anything to impeach him for, so it is inevitable that they are going to get more and more shrill as their window of opportunity slams shut on their fingers.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Another Lefty Tries Shooting and Discovers — Surprise! — It’s Fun"

Michael, the problem isn't shooting.  It's when you start shooting at people.  And when that gets fun, you know you are a Conservative.

Rev. Austin Myles, Renew America:  "Obama's finger prints on beheading knives... While Obama plays golf and apologizes for America, the Muslims committed yet another atrocity aimed specifically at Christians."

Thanks, Obama.  Everything is your fault.  Of course, ISIS would not exist if Bush had not invaded Iraq, but that was a long time ago, so let's just forget about it, huh?

Paul Bond, Hollywood Reporter:  "Former 'SNL' Actress Victoria Jackson on Political Bias at Anniversary Show: "Is Lorne Ashamed of Me?"...she was the only castmember at Sunday's event to be banished to an overflow room."

I'll tell you what: If Lorne Michaels isn't ashamed of this disgusting right wing racist hater, he's crazy too.  He should be grossly apologetic about having given her a national platform.  Watch as much as you can stand, to see why:



Newsmax:  "Allen West: Obama, Hillary Clinton helped strengthen ISIS "

You know who is really strengthening ISIS?  Allen West and everyone like him who spend their days proving to the members of ISIS that people in the west hate them and want to destroy their religion, thereby showing that their propaganda is based on facts, not lies.

World Net Daily:  "Hideous creature is for real, and it bites! "


And what's more, it gets drunk and shoots people in the face.


Ann Coulter, World Net Daily:  "GOP: DOUBLE-CROSSING TRAITORS"

Finally!  Finally she admits it!...Oh, wait- they are double crossing traitors because they weren't piggish and self-serving enough.  Okay, never mind.

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Obamacare Is Destroying Health Insurance"

By giving it to millions of people.  Mr. Goodman cites a few undoubtedly phony anecdotes (they always are phony) and ignores the 11 million newly insured, and 30 million helped by provisions in the Obamacare law.  Even his anecdotes, of people who supposedly had trouble getting treatment, don't seem to have much connection to Obamacare, but then none of their attacks ever do, because, surprise, wingnuts- it's working.

Michael Loftus, Town Hall:  "How Not to get Killed by the Cops:  "Don’t do anything that would make a policeman want to kill you.” 

Like being black.

Daniel J. Mitchell, Town Hall: Green Energy, Corruption, Reform Conservatism, and the Size of Government... the entire green-energy racket is a sleazy boondoggle."

As opposed, say, to the oil business.

Streiff, Red State:  "Tell Congress to stop Department of Labor bullying"

And what is this horrible bullying?  It involves penalizing businesses that refuse to pay their workers the minimum wage.  Bullying!  Despite the law, and basic human decency, these businesses should be able to do whatever they damned please, and if the government does anything about it, it's bullying.  Conservatism in a nutshell.


And now, no trouble getting tickets for this one, I bet:

Nathan Lichtman, PJ Media:  "Finally, a Conservative Hollywood Award Show"

Can boredom actually kill?  We are about to find out.

PJ Media:  "Watch as Christian Pharmacist Shoots and Kills Armed Robber"

No thanks.  But maybe this video will be up for an award at the Conservative Hollywood Awards Show.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Saudi Cleric Says Earth Can’t be Rotating..."

They hate science- yet another way that Saudi Clerics are just like our own right wingers.

Tom Blumer, PJ Media:  "The Economy’s Worst 8-Year Run in 62 Years...With two more rough years on the horizon."

Helpfully illustrated with a picture of Obama, and carefully selected to include the time the Bush administration crushed the economy almost to death, tacked onto the 68 months of job growth under Obama.

And now, just a little more fake history of the Nazis, courtesy of their brothers on the American right:

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "If Only Germany Had Solved Its Unemployment Problem in 1933, Germans Wouldn’t Have Become Nazis"

Sorry, you ignorant fool, Hitler took over the government in January of 1933, so even if every single person in Germany got a job in 1933, they still would have had the Nazis.  Try learning a little something before shooting your mouth off.  Too much to ask?  Well, I figured as much.

Jim "Dim Bulb" Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: Video Shows Houthi Rebel Taking Off in Yemeni Air Force Jet"

And here's a screen capture from the video:


Jim, I don't know how to break this to you gently, but planes that have propellers are not jets.  That is actually a well known fact. Not that facts mean anything to Jim Hoft, as he has proven about thirty five thousand times.  Once again, Jim proves why he retains his title as "the dumbest man on the internet" despite mighty challenges every day.

Gateway Pundit:  "Move Over Islamic Terrorists – Obama Leaks DHS Report To Lib Media, Claims To Finally Find Right-Wing Terrorists"

"Leaks" being shorthand for "releases any information we don't want to hear."  This article claims that Sovereign Citizens are actually liberals, despite the fact, documented here at Green Eagle over and over again, that they are a product of hard right white supremacists.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Obama readying USA for Islamic takeover?"

Hey, Sher, last year it was the Communists.  Make up your mind already.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America:  "A proposed constitutional amendment for reining in judges"

And here it is, at least part of it:

"All judges who have been nominated by the President and duly confirmed by the Senate to sit on any inferior Court established by Congress shall be liable for re-affirmation every second year by a vote of the people comprising their particular district over which their Court is convened. Should any judge be removed from office by such a vote of the people of their district, the vacant seat will be filled following the process already delineated in this Constitution. 

"Any judge who is removed from office by a vote of the people shall henceforth be ineligible to hold any other position on any Court in the federal judiciary at any level..."

Tim, you are way too wordy here.  Let me reword your amendment for you:

"No judge shall serve on any Federal court unless he can get enough money from the Koch brothers to win an election.  And if the Koch brothers use their money to campaign against him, he shall be forever ruled unqualified to be a Federal judge."

There. That's much clearer, right?

Reverend Austin Myles, Renew America:  "Obama's solution--send social workers to ISIS"

Reverend, I'd love to have you document that one.  Somehow, I think you are stretching the truth there a little.  Unless social workers are riding along on those drones that are bombing them.

Pam Key, Breitbart:  "Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz,” while discussing the controversy over President Barack Obama and his administrations unwillingness to label ISIS and other extremist groups as Islamic terrorists,  investigate reporter Sharyl Attkisson pointed out the media and society at large has no problem being very clear it’s Christians who bomb abortion clinics."

With the media's only justification for this abominable behavior being that it happens to be true. How unfair.  Brought to you by "investigative" reporter Sharyl Atkisson, primarily known for spreading lies about Benghazi, for which she lost her job, and recently seen accusing the White House of attacking her computer keyboard, in a ludicrous conspiracy claim hardly distinguishable from those of people who think the CIA is communicating with them through their teeth.  Keep it real there, Breitbart guys.

James Delingpole, Breitbart:  "NYT SMEARS SCIENTIST WILLIE SOON FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT ‘GLOBAL WARMING’

That would be Willie Soon, whom the Times revealed to have been paid $1.2 million by energy companies to produce his "research," which of course contradicts the findings of the 97 percent of climate scientists; i.e. those who are not paid $1.2 million by energy companies.


As the Times points out:

"Though often described on conservative news programs as a “Harvard astrophysicist,” Dr. Soon is not an astrophysicist and has never been employed by Harvard. He is a part-time employee of the Smithsonian Institution with a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering. He has received little federal research money over the past decade and is thus responsible for bringing in his own funds, including his salary."

As if we didn't know that the 3% of "scientists" who dispute global warming (with the exception of a couple of cranks and cheap attention seekers) are all being paid by corporate interests to tell their lies.

Maggie Gallagher, National Review Online:  "Progressive Elites’ Anti-Christian Animus...progressives are Hollywood’s newest niche market."

You know what, Maggie?  No one used to hate Christianity before people like you managed to turn it into something hateful.  You are damned right that people like me can't stand the "religion" full of violence, racism and hatred which you have substituted for what used to be called "Christianity." And we are going to go on opposing it, because it is a malignant force in our lives.

Ron Edwards, News with Views:  "THE GREATEST DANGER AMERICA FACES  What is the greatest danger America faces? The list of dangers faced by our beleaguered republic is long and varied. Amongst the most obvious are the over twenty terrorist training camps strategically ensconced throughout America."

Funny that Ron couldn't come up with one shred of evidence for this supposed fact.  Of course, by the way, he utterly ignores the literally hundreds of real terrrorist training camps being run in the country by right wing militias.  No, it's the imaginary Muslims we need to be in a panic about.

Cliff Kincaid, News with Views:  "REDS IN HOLLYWOOD MAKING A COMEBACK"

Do you really want to hear any more about this?  No, I didn't think so.

Lee Duignon, News with Views:  "Frankly, I’m not much interested in the “science” of Global Warming"

Of course not.  People like you are not interested in the science of anything.  You are only interested in what you get paid to say.  See my item about Willie Soon, above.

Coach Dave Daubenmire, News with Views:  "FIELDING A TEAM TO DEFEAT THE POWERS OF DARKNESS...I am putting together a team...and I need your help."

Preferrably help of a financial nature.  Brought to you by another fiercely independent, self-reliant Conservative.

Pastor Roger Anghis,  News with Views:  "Watching the Transformation of America...Pastors no longer confront the social issues of the day that are destroying our society"

That's because the pastors you are talking about are the social issue of the day that is destroying our society.

And as usual, enough is enough.  See you soon.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rudy and Love

I want to point you toward a wonderful article in the New York Daily News today, responding to Rudy Giuliani's recent piggish remark about Obama not "loving" the United States.  The article is by Wayne Barrett, and is entitled "What Rudy Giuliani knows about love — a response to his 'doesn't love America' critique of Obama."  It is a discussion of Giuliani's behavior in his three marriages, and pretty well makes it clear that Rudy Giuliani never loved a thing in his life except himself, and does not have a clue what the word "love" means.

I'll just add that, personally speaking, whatever I feel for my country has very little to do with what I feel for my wife or my kids, or for that matter my Corgi dog. So I would never describe it as "love." Once again, Republicans are just trying to force Obama into some humiliating linguistic concession, the same way that they insist he use exactly the words they want when he talks about Al Qaida or ISIS, or that they smear him whenever he expresses his own feelings about racism.

Well, but it has worked out great for Rudy.  This despicable political has-been has found a way to worm himself back into public attention, at least for a few days.  And even if the long term result is to induce most people to think even less of him than the already abysmal opinion they already had, I guess he'll always have these few days.

Why We Are Getting Nowhere in the Middle East

They are all bad guys:

"Beirut (AFP) - Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in a Syrian village this week when regime forces executed six families of rebel fighters, a monitoring group said on Saturday."

So, we are supposed to support a savage dictator because he is just slightly less barbaric than ISIS?  Who, exactly, do we expect to bring a decent way of life to the people of Syria and Iraq, and now Yemen and Libya too?  Are we expected to feel bad that another savage, terrorist monster, Moammar Khadafy was overthrown, because the people of his country don't have the decency to come together and build a peaceful country, preferring to slaughter each other en masse over meaningless religious disputes?

Of course, the Republicans' answer to this is to savagely attack Obama for not fixing the unfixable, when we all know that if they were in charge, not only would they do no better, but their hunger for violent intervention would make things far worse, as it did in Iraq.

Thank heaven that Obama has done as little as he has.  What his opponents want to do will only pave the road to hell.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Terrorist Plots We Don't Really Have to Worry About

From an article in the International Business Times today:

"Islamic extremist planned to 'make Yellowstone supervolcano erupt' in US terror plot"

Well, that's nice.  I wonder how he proposed to do that.  He finally decided to try to blow up a train in Canada instead.  Sort of a pretty weak second choice to something that has the potential to wipe out a third of the population of the United States.  Anyway, he didn't blow up the train either.  He got caught.  I hope the Canadians have the sense to never let this idiotic jerk out of jail again,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Republican Judicial Rulings Explained- The Latest Specimen

Because it seems like no one on earth dares speak the truth about what is going on with the recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, to stop enforcement of Obama's actions on immigration.  The Republicans engaged in the time honored but malign practice of "judge-shopping," finding a G. W. Bush appointed Judge who hates both immigrants and Obama to make this decision, which is so manifestly without merit that it is inevitably going to be overturned.

But, you see, that is fine with Republicans, because here is the reason that this whole charade is taking place:  As we all can see, the Republicans have painted themselves into a really ugly corner over the House's refusal to refund the Department of Homeland Security without kicking Obama in the teeth over his immigration actions.  Unfortunately, the Senate Republicans don't have the votes to pass the House version of the DHS funding bill, and the House Republicans won't budge an inch.  That means that, in ten days, on February 27th, the Department of Homeland Security will be shut down.  As every Republican short of manifestly mentally ill legislators like Ted Cruz or Louie Gohmert realizes, this will be an unmitigated disaster for the Republican party.  Not only will it be a replay of former Republican shutdowns, but polling shows the vast majority of people will blame this totally on the Republican party.  When this has happened before, there has been a collapse of Republican ratings around the country.  But in this case, something more is involved.  This action will reveal to anyone who cares to see it, just what a total pretense the decades-long Republican claim to care about our national security is.  This claim is one of the strongest legs on which the Republicans have built their endless campaign to dupe the American people, and it would be catastrophic for them if it were undermined.

Now, however, due to a compliant judge, the Republicans have an out.  As this judge has put off Obama's plans into the indefinite future, the Republicans can claim that the issue has been resolved, and remove the House immigration rider from a bill that has the party headed over a cliff.  All they have to do is engage in enough legal stalling to prevent a higher court from ruling on this before the end of the month, and they will have extricated themselves from a disaster they built with their own hands.

No, I can't point to a single Republican who admits to this plan (as they never would,) but my experience of politics over the years convinces me that this is what is going on here.  We'll see if I'm right, and if this ruling can be used to get the wild animals in the House back into their cages for a little while longer.


Update:  And as I predicted, here it is:

"McCain to GOP: Fund DHS, let courts decide Obama's immigration actions...
“I would put sufficient blame on the Democrats for not allowing us to move forward in the Senate. But having said that, now I’m hopeful with this court decision—with the declaration that the president himself has acted unconstitutionally as he himself stated I think 22 times—that we would let the courts move forward with this issue since we have a favorable ruling,” he said."

I want to point out two things here.  First of all, this is not some sort of routine partisan maneuvering. It is the corruption of the Federal judiciary to achieve partisan political ends.  Of course, because it is Republicans who are the corrupters and the corrupted, it is just fine, and no one (except me) will have the rudeness to bring this issue up.

And now, while we are on the subject of me, here is my second point, as self-serving as it may seem: as far as I can tell, I am the only person in the entire country to spell out what the purpose of this judicial ruling was.  Not one other person anywhere correctly identified this criminal maneuver. So listen, I am just one guy sitting at his keyboard, with zero connections to the halls of power or anything else, really.  The issue is not whether I am the smartest political commentator in the entire country, the issue is why, with all that has gone on in this country since the Reagan administration, no one, even on the left, is willing to speak the obvious truth.  The security that Republicans feel in committing their endless treachery comes from their confidence that no one will call them on it- no one that counts, anyway, and that category certainly does not include Green Eagle.

The Insanity and Dishonesty of Republican Opposition, part about two million

So, for about a year now, we've heard the Republicans howling to the moon because Obama doesn't use the word "terrorist."  Of course, he has used the word over and over again, but that is an issue for another day.  Now, Obama has been using the term consistently.  So, are the Republicans thanking him for adopting their linguistic demands?

“There’s a set of words, it’s almost as if they’re given a card — a do-not-speak card,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) said last week at the conservative Center for Security Policy think thank. “The words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ do not come out of the president’s mouth."

So now, you see, Obama has to say "radical Islamic terrorism" or else he is going to be subject to the same savage attacks.  And if he says that, they'll add another demand that he spout out their jingoistic code words.  And on it will go, because you know that he can never win.  If the time comes that they have exhausted every single English word available to heap abuse on Muslims, they will just accuse him of being too vicious, and pretend that they have been the moderate ones all along.

There is no honesty in this at all.  There is nothing but hatred and lust for power.  That is all the Republican party is about (other than systematizing corruption in government) and that is all it will ever be about.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Rapist!

Yes, there is absolutely no depth to which they will not sink.  Here's a story covered by Fox 5 in San Diego:

"(News anchor Kathleen) Bade's report discussed how the office of San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ has declined to prosecute a person of interest in a rape case, the Raw Story blog reported. The sexual assault case involved students at San Diego State University."

And here's a screen capture from the story as it appeared on the air:
Anything about this guy look familiar?  Oh well, it was just a little mixup, I'm sure.

The station broadcast no correction, and has refused to apologize.  A spokesman had this to say"

 “They really don’t do that when it’s a small thing like that.”

Calling the President of the United States a rapist, in a TV news show.  Just a small thing.  Well, I guess compared to calling him a Muslim terrorist or the Antichrist, it is.