Thursday, October 27, 2016


A new shocking allegation has hit the SCOTUS's noted expert on pornography. A Young Scholar, Now Lawyer, Says Clarence Thomas Groped Her in 1999.

In this "modern" age of conservatism and Donald J Trump nobody coulda seen this one coming.....

ALTHOUSE : Trump can do it! Victory still in sight!

Trump just needs a bit of Mittmentum, baby!
"The polling data in 1980 had Jimmy Carter nine points, winning by nine points, four or five days out."
"I will never forget that election night, folks. In 1980 it was so bad for the Democrats — they got skunked so bad — Jimmy Carter conceded before 10 p.m. Eastern time.  Those three networks, you should have seen the long faces and all of the reporters that were at various campaign headquarter locations...."
Link to Rush Limbaugh....

This meme has been debunked many times over the decades. If you are a Law Professor, you should know better than promoting wingnuttery and passing it off as credible information to people who look to you for cues to help understand complicated issues.

But that's what the conservative echo chamber does to folks. It misleads those, who by education and experience, know that snake oil can be dangerous to one's health. At the same time it fleeces ordinary folks who don't know they are being scammed. Next thing you know, Trump is leading the band.

These people should be ashamed of their behavior.

Reagan led the polls

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

INSTAPUNDIT: Trump can do it! Trump's gonna do it!!!

BLOOMBERG POLLSTER: “This race may come down to the independent vote. Right now, they tilt for Trump. By a narrow margin, they opted for Obama over Romney in 2012.” And: “A mere 7 days ago, Bloomberg Politics had Clinton with a 9 point lead.”
Plus, Bob Wright on media bias against Trump: “Well, my concern is that they are so ham-handed about it — they’re so obvious about it — that it won’t work.”
It’s 2016, man. Nobody should be cocky.
Related: Dishonest media 101: ‘Your bias is showing.’
Mittmentum?  Yeah, man. Its Mittmentum and Trump's got it!

And Instapundit has a point about the "Dishonest Media."

Right now some mean-spirited media guy is redesigning a new Reality Show for Donald J Trump to start in once the election is over.

These guys like to make bank. So would it surprise anyone if "The Biggest Loser" starring Donald Trump hosted by Megyn Kelly ain't on the drawing board right now in some elitist bi-coastal enclave? You know it is.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

POLLING CONSPIRACY - Right Wing Professor Wonders...???...???

LANDSLIDE MY FRIENDS -  Say it loud and its like music playin' - say it soft and its just like prayin'.

But that was last time around in '12  when (Radicalized) Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe was promoting the coming Romney Landslide. Trust him. It was gonna happen. Just bow your head and say it soft. It was gonna be yuuuge!


So it is not surprising that this time around, the (nutty) Professor is once again questioning conventional views and the Lamestream Media's  reports about polls favoring Hillary.

They may be right, but....on the other hand.....them polls could be SKEWED:
The other possibility is that we are on the receiving end of a massive con — and that the polling results are designed to encourage or discourage voting on the part of the supporters of one candidate or the other.
Here, Wikileaks may be of use for, as Tyler Durden at Zerohedge informs us, the recent dump of emails shows that John Podesta received a message some time ago from Atlas Reports, detailing how to produce polls of use to the Clinton campaign by way of oversampling certain groups, and he points out that the recent polls by Reuters, Pravda-on-the-Potomac, and, yes, ABC News have greatly oversampled Democrats.
The name of the game could be to subvert the Republicans and depress voting for their candidates by conveying to the general public that the election is over, that Trump has already lost, and that there is no point in turning out. Would such respected outfits as CNN. Reuters, Pravda-on-the-Hudson, and ABC News be party to such a maneuver?
Would these and other news outlets work closely in tandem with the Clinton campaign to get the Republicans to nominate Donald Trump, to protect Hillary Clinton from interrogation, and to trash Trump after he got the nomination?
Reasonable minds may inquire. 
Perhaps Romney will indeed win that landslide this time around. Reasonable minds wonder.

The basic root of problem that the right wing professor demonstrates here is a seething distrust of experts and by extension "facts." Its like cement shoes just dragging 'em down leaving them with only ideology and often times, conspiracy theory, to fight the facts.

The most hardcore wingers just cannot step out of the "safe zone" that is the conservative echo chamber and into the sunlight of Modern America.  The hatred of government experts (bureaucrats)  is so consuming that it spills over to a "teahad" against just about any fact sets that contradict the goals of ideology.

When this happens, Conspiracy Theory to becomes a substitute for knowledge.You see it all the time. Global Warming is a good example. The laws of physics may contradict right wing ideology about the omnipotence of the "free market," but if the scientists cannot be trusted, then you got an out. You don't have to deal with the science if there is a nefarious conspiracy.

Polls are another example. The data shows what it shows. But if the Lamestream Media is involved, maybe they're running a con.  So you cannot trust 'em.

 But as dishonest as Pravda-on-the-Hudson is, at least they won't be running scams to get readers to convert their retirement accounts into gold to survive the coming Obamapacalypse. That'd be the advertisers at the NRO playing the conspiracy game by targeting wingers.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

INSTAPUNDIT - Trump's gonna win! Trumps gonna win! Trump's gonna win!!!!!!!!


If its election time, its time for The Nutty Right Wing Professor to play the link game again with zany right wing electoral predictions. Perhaps just like Romney, Trump will win in a landslide too.
There's no way to tell what people think. It's impossible for most Americans to form a judgment with which they feel comfortable, because they do not have sources of information they can trust. Fox News is in a civil war between the pro- and anti-Trump Republicans. The other networks are with Hillary. The major media outlets have lost credibility. Only 32% of Americans said they had "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of confidence in the news media in a September Gallup Poll survey. That's the lowest level in history, and should be no surprise: the major media has to spin a new cover-up every couple of days, before it is finished putting the previous set of lies to bed.
That's why Americans don't simply watch the nightly news and go to bed. They read the rumors on the Internet and circulate them to their friends. They create networks of people they trust in the hope of obtaining an accurate account of what is happening around them.
That's why I'm still calling this election for Donald J. Trump. The polls are meaningless. Perceptions are morphing as rapidly as the new-model Terminator in the molten steel vat at the end of the movie. The election will be won and lost a dozen times between now and Election Day. And when Americans finally go into the voting booth, they will not be able to think of a any reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton--only reasons to vote against Donald Trump.  There are far more compelling reasons to vote against Clinton. And that's how the election will go.
Link - Right Wing Blogger
I know that Republican are in favor of tort reform. The weak should not be allowed to use the court system against the strong, etc. That's how they roll.

But this kinda stuff by a right wing professor, linking to bullshit that his readers are likely to fall for and get hurt should be basically - malpractice.  If you are a right wing professor who should know better but still scam your readers, the injured winger should get to haul you into court and seek damages from a jury of his peers - preferably consisting entirely of other harmed wingers.

I am just saying that if life were fair, this kinda thing would happen.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

INSTAPUNDIT: Trump's winning! Trump's winning! Trump's winning!!!!!

IBD/TIPP TRACKING POLL: Trump Leads Clinton By One Point Going Into Debate. Hmm.
Plus: “By gender, Clinton does much better among women — 47% to 37% — but Trump’s lead among men is just as strong at 47% to 32%. Trump does better among parents (46% to 32%), married women (44% to 41%), lower-class households (53% to 37%), and the religious, among whom Clinton’s support never tops 38%. Among those who express no religion, Clinton handily beats Trump 63% to 16%.”
UPDATE: Rasmussen: “Dead even.”
At least Instapundit has stopped linking to Romney Landslide predictions, because that could be embarrassing.

Monday, October 17, 2016

REICHSTAG FIRE - Blogger bravely calls 'em out

Via Powerline Blog:
Last night, the Republican Party headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina was firebombed, presumably by a group of Democrats...Fortunately, no one was injured or killed, apparently because the premises were unoccupied at the time of the attack. The fire gutted the Republican headquarters...
The firebombing probably was not committed by marginal, uneducated people. Orange County is the wealthiest county in North Carolina. It is heavily Democratic, with Democrats and independents outnumbering Republicans 5-1. The county is home to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Duke University is just outside the county’s boundary. So left-wing students or professors could have been involved.
Democrats perpetrate this sort of violence in every election cycle. They should be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I don't know who did this. But at this point, that Republican who carved a "B" on her face trying to pin the outrage it on Obamunist shock troops back in Ought Eight - or someone like her- should be checked in on.

Likewise I'd also like to know about that guy who got that Romney-Ryan face tattoo in 2012  That was serious F'd up, man.  So you just don't really know sometimes about these things.

But then again, goonery is not just a right wing phenomenon even though these days it appears to be so. People on the left can do it too. As such all actions like this should be condemned whenever they occur and by all perpetrators.

Friday, October 14, 2016

WHIG WATCH - Trumpocalypse dooms GOP???

The Lamestream Media is very Mean. Everyone knows this.

They publish stuff that hurts people's feelings all the time. They violate certain people's right not to be criticized - a new first amendment right if Sarah Palin and Crazy Ben Carson could have their way. And they can do other stuff that is completely uncalled this act of viciousness:
The Republican establishment could have stopped Trump but instead surrendered to him months, perhaps years, ago. When they want to criticize opponents for being weak-kneed, Republicans often recall Neville Chamberlain and his policy of appeasing Adolf Hitler. And yet that is exactly the approach that the party’s senior leaders took with Trump — appeasing him in the hope that doing so would satisfy his appetites.
They tolerated, excused and covered up for Trump as he began his political career with “birther” racism, launched his presidential campaign with anti-Mexican slurs and heightened it with anti-Muslim bigotry, and thrilled crowds with policies that would be unconstitutional or amount to war crimes — all while demeaning and objectifying women. Winston Churchill said of appeasers: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.”
Trump will lose the election. .... But Trump will not sit in loyal opposition to Clinton. He tells his legions that the election will be rigged. He says that the media are lying and that reporting cannot be believed. He warns that the country will be utterly destroyed if Clinton wins. He is fueling a toxic movement of protest and insurgency.
Trump will lose. And he will destroy the Republican Party. The frightening question is what he will do to the country in the process
An apt analogy.

To some in 2009, the primary duty of a "minority" was to become the "majority" - not to put the national interest before the partisan interest.  Everything else was secondary for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell back then. Now they have the whirlwind.

When republican leaders met in January 2009 to lay out strategy in the wake of the economic collapse, they could have taken many different paths. Rebuilding the GOP's brand as a "the Party of Ideas," could have been discussed. Working with the young new president to clean up a disaster that started on the GOP's watch could have been laid out - Grab a broom, roll up your sleeves and do the right thing for America! Perhaps a middle road could have been debated as well.

But none of these happened. Instead the GOP laid out a course of total opposition, nihilism and rage.
And here we are today.

Donald J Trump ran for a the nomination of major political party not as a man of the Party but as an embodiment of a right wing blogger catering to a lunatic fringe. In what was touted as the deepest GOP presidential field since Honest Abe triumphed on the fourth ballot in Chicago, Trump would copy fringe rhetoric existing in the darker corners of the right wing media and the opportunist in him would use it to carve out a niche within a GOP electorate that had been raised on resentment and nihilism for a generation.

Though he was victorious in the primary, he did not "Build it" by himself. He had help. The Republican resentment and fringe rhetoric that his campaign rode to victory upon had been nurtured for more than a generation by elders within the GOP.  They helped "build" it.

The foundations of "Trumpism" had already been laid by folks who could have been named Roger or Rush and Tricky Dick or Lee or other folks who came before.

And with the foundation laid, so too were the walls and roof framed and fitted by a variety of different workmen - Barking mad scribblers at the NRO, Conspiracy theorists and maladjusted Right Wing Professors, Screamers on the AM Radio and Infotainers posing at "TV News personalities" at the Fox News as well as many others.

And all of these "workmen" seemingly labored together. It was if a common plan or blueprint for Trumpism existed long before The Donald's arrival. And then Trump came forth.

And as extremism became normalized and moderation became demonized, when the "fever" came again - like it always seems to come, there were none left sufficient to fight it off. The body politic of the GOP succumbed to delirium unchecked. Its "grown-ups" had been vanquished with the Kenyan Strongman supreme and its patriots betrayed. And then there was only Donald.

Now as right wingers wail in despair, their party faces ruin. Many are seemingly oblivious to their own complicity in "building" the new GOP and destroying the old. Many shriek to the heavens with each new news cycle and poll. But this is their world.

They "built" this.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

THUNDER on the RIGHT - #Never Ryan movement begins???


The "rabble" is in open rebellion against their betters.  Who coulda seen something like this coming? Another Speaker of the House is being targeted by the "unwashed" mob?
Trump Declares, Basically, the Start of the #NeverRyan Movement
We are having an important argument: Who are the rulers, and who are the ruled?
In a democracy, the voters are supposed to be the rulers.
But people like Ryan think that they themselves are the rulers, and must manipulate the opinions of proletarian trash to trick them into voting for the 'right thing" (in Ryan's case, he defines the right things as whatever the Chamber of Commerce demands of him).
So let's resolve this.
Vote for Ryan's Democratic opponent, whoever that is. Boot him out of Congress, and badly damage any hopes he has to be president anytime soon.
George Will wrote the other day that "Trump" is going to be like "chemotherapy" for the GOP.  Its gonna make the patient (the GOP) sick, but it might cure the cancer (the derangement syndrome).

Of course if the patient has been firing up 2 packs of Pall Malls a day for 4-5 Decades, it might be too late to do any good.

So there is that.

Good job GOP. You sure raised your young'ns up right!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

STONE COLD - HRC is Hardcore

The Lamestream media claims that Hillary is toying with Trump like a cat does with a mouse.....:
“In any normal election season, Trump’s debate performance would be graded a campaign-killing disaster. But 2016 is no ordinary year, and Trump was already so gravely wounded, with Republicans across the country rescinding their endorsements, that his ability to avoid a complete meltdown Sunday night ranks as a win,”
“And Clinton for her part opted not to go for the kill shot. She mostly laughed off Trump’s attacks and declined to bring up the sexual assault allegations against him, instead pivoting to her own vision for the nation’s future. The lack of aggression irritated some Democrats who wanted to see Clinton knock down a staggering opponent.”
“But the high-road approach appeared to work with voters who declared Clinton the winner of the debate in multiple polls. And Clinton may have held back for strategic reasons, preferring to keep Trump alive rather than bait him into campaign killing moments that could drive him off the ticket in favor of Mike Pence."
I've seen some good beat-downs in recent that time the President of the United States scheduled a state visit to Kenya and the lunatic fringe went nuts. That was smooth, man.

But watching Trump light himself on fire and then passing out marsh-mellows is just hardcore.

Monday, October 10, 2016

WINGNET UNDER SIEGE - Baskets of "Deplorables" causin' a Ruckus

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Hell. I say "Ban 'em all" and let Breitbart sort it out the mess.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

OUTRAGE on the INTERNETS - Right Wing Professor under siege from "market forces"

Right Wing Shock Jock Glenn Reynolds, a self described "Freedom" advocate received a healthy dose of "Freedom" yesterday as Radical Obamunist Thugs and Goons Twitter shut down his Twitter account.

The "offense" was a post urging motorists to run down protesters.  In America, the Nutbags have a deity given right to be Nutbags. However the Corporation known as "Twitter" apparently does not have to play along.
Can’t imagine why they’d do that, except that it seems to be happening to a lot of people for no obvious reason. It’s as if, despite assurances to the contrary, Twitter is out to silence voices it disagrees with or something.
UPDATE: Ah, it was about this tweet.
Sorry, blocking the interstate is dangerous, and trapping people in their cars and surrounding them is a threat. Driving on is self-preservation, especially when we’ve had mobs destroying property and injuring and killing people. But if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Was just on Hugh Hewitt talking about this. Since Twitter won’t let me respond to — or even see — my critics, let me expand here.
I’ve always been a supporter of free speech and peaceful protest. I fully support people protesting police actions, and I’ve been writing in support of greater accountability for police for years.
But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And blocking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.
“Run them down” perhaps didn’t capture this fully, but it’s Twitter, where character limits stand in the way of nuance.
Meanwhile, regarding Twitter: I don’t even know that this is why I was suspended, as I’ve heard nothing from Twitter at all. They tell users and investors that they don’t censor, but they seem awfully quick to suspend people on one side of the debate and, as people over at Twitchy note, awfully tolerant of outright threats on the other.
Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.
Its tough being a right wing professor with your taxpayer funded healthcare and your taxpayer funded pension and your taxpayer funded salary breathing taxpayer funded clean air and styling with taxpayer funded safe drinking water. You got your loot safe in government regulated bank or government patrolled retired accounts - those safeguards funded by taxpayers, naturally.

It all gives you, the right wing professor, much in the manner you could not do if you were pulling a double shift at the Piggly Wiggly or riding the circuits spending all your waking hours lawyering disputes over cows and the like, the time and "freedom" to philosophize on the Taxpayer funded and government created internets, naturally, about the many ways that you - the right wing professor - are oppressed by the government and the Kenyan Strongman.

AND NOW, if this daily oppression is not bad enough, the outrages get worse. The FREE MARKET, in its wisdom, has thrown the banner hammer down on you, ironically exercising its Freedom to exclude malcontents and losers from using its products. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. Apply with community "norms" of behavior and decency or head back to the hills, their policy goes.

And so it goes. The Right Wing Professor is forced to suffer increasing indignations from the government with its rules about poor folks being able to go see a doctor when they are sick  -which does not affect you due to your government provided healthcare, but it still hurts your feelings.  And now you face outright oppression by the "blessed" free market with its rules about "standards" and behavior and the like.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FEMA CAMPS - Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe goes there!!!!!!

Don't hate the winger. Hate the game:’s liberals are up to something that is ugly. They do not treat those who beg to differ with their views as mistaken and in need of persuasion. They demonize them. They vilify them, and there is no one in their number who has the courage to break ranks...
The logic of the position that today’s liberals take — that their opponents are wicked — leads inexorably to the conclusion that their opponents must be silenced and cowed. Last Friday, when Hillary Clinton denounced those who think her political orientation unwise as “a basket of deplorables,” she made it clear that, if she wins, something will have to be done about such people. And let’s face it. Nearly everyone who strongly backs her agrees
"Liberals are up to something that is ugly," Rahe informs us.  I think I know what the Right Wing Professor means about "things" that'll need "to be done" and "such people."

There is only one plausible explanation. Camps. They'll put 'em - those people-  in one.  And since a camp ain't worth a damn if it ain't run by FEMA, this means FEMA Camps.


I always thought we'd have to wait until Hillary was elected before anything would ever get done. Obama was never gonna build no Camps even though they've been "shovel ready" for years.

And another thing. Here we have been led to believe that Obama has had a Secret-Gestapo-like Force and Death Panels traveling by black helicopter in the dead of the night. But he never uses 'em. Never.

You'd think he'd at least have "federalized" Texas Jade Helm style or at the minimum imposed martial law there. But no. Nada.  And this has been so disappointing.

I say what's the good with having all o' them tools if you never get to use 'em. At least when Hillary is elected, maybe she'll finally build those Anti-Obama dissident camps.......sigh.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BOYCOTT - World Weary Winger targets ESPN

Poor dumb bastards...(via Powerline Blog):
Please watch less ESPN.
Why? Because, as I discussed here, ESPN has taken the side of the political left.
It’s ESPY award ceremony was, in the words of one critic, “filled with about as much race-baiting, left-wing politics as the Democrats convention in Philly. . .”
Meanwhile, the network suppresses opposing viewpoints. It fired Curt Schilling for speaking out on his Facebook page about transgender bathroom laws. It fired Ray Lewis shortly after he put out a video arguing that African-Americans should focus primarily on blacks killing blacks, not on the rare instances in which a bad white cop kills a “brother.”...
I’m addicted to sports viewing, but can do pretty well without ESPN. Other than the two Monday Night Football games involving the Washington Redskins and perhaps a couple of big college football games, I won’t be tempted to watch ESPN this Fall.
If you’re a sports fan and a conservative, you should consider watching less ESPN or none at all.
Good luck with that....Right Wingers Target ESPN from time to time. The Right Wingers will work themselves up over something like gay folks visiting Disney World (which owns ESPN) - it could be anything that gets them really mad. A boycott is called in but it never works. People still watch ESPN and folks still go to Disney World.

In "Real America" ESPN is indispensable to the local population. College Football is part of the natural cycle of life. Basement dwelling bloggers and elite members of the paid and professional angry right don't get this. You have to walk amongst the flock to acquire the scent of the "sheeple," so to speak.

So these isolated elitists call out for their ban to prove some point to modernity. But inevitably the rank and file will pick up the remote control and ignore 'em.

I guess this is just part of "conservatism." No matter what the conservative activist does, the good ol' days, as remembered by that particular right winger, ain't gonna be recreated and imposed on the rest of the population. Memories are selective, time moves on,change happens and nothing can be done about any of it.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CONSPIRACY: Global-Global Warming Conspiracy claims another victim - a RINO!

This international conspiracy just keeps growing. It won't stop.

But all American right-wingers know the real score. These folks know what's "really" going on and they're "blowing the whistle" on this nefarious scam.

According to some, Climate Change is a "total hoax." Its a scheme perpetrated by a shadowy group known only as "climate alarmists." The Trump campaign claims the "Chinese" are running the con as a way to de-industrialize America and develop China. Whatever.

Either way "They" - some call 'em "warmunists" or "climatistas" or "climateers" - want to replace our "porterhouse steaks" with tofu or some "loser" food like that.  "They" want to change the way "we" live and implement "bullshit schemes" like sustainability programs or even "agenda 21" or, gasp, bicycle sharing.

Some right wingers play a double game. These very serious conservative thought leaders hand wave away the science as the "climate is always changing - who can really know why" - while chiding the "Alarmists" as being prone to fits of "climate hysteria."

Who can trust a hysteric and as generally policy one should never trust environmentalists or "greenie weenies" on environmental issues. "They" are either zealots who've bought into the conspiracy or are just "in it for the money."

So that's the score for the most part. All good wingers know this.

But it is an effective conspiracy. Folks fall for it all the time. Every year another group of seventh graders finish middle school science class and become indoctrinated in "science."  Middle school teachers are the worst. You wouldn't know it from the shitty cars they drive, but they've been a part of this international conspiracy for about 50 years.

RINOs are notoriously weak-willed. They are prone to falling prey to the tricksy-scientists and their cabal of international henchmen, too. Like this one:
The private sector is way ahead of the Republican party when it comes to global warming. They can’t wait to take side on the theological debate as to whether man causes it or whether it is an act of God or whether it’s just the damn weather. The climate is changing and you have to plan for it.
One of the most embarrassing moments of the campaign debates was when Miami’s mayor confronted Marco Rubio over the issue in Miami and Rubio was forced to deny that global warming was a thing. Of course, anybody who lives in Miami and has to deal with the flooding that comes with higher sea levels knows that Rubio was wrong and the Mayor was right.
Something is going on in the world and we should all acknowledge it.....
The Republican Party ostensibly denied that global warming existed to defend the Coal industry and the petroleum industry.
My dad used to work for an oil company, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Big Oil. It put me through college.
But I learned a few things in college and one of them was that sometimes you have to face reality.
You can’t pull good grades by not studying. You eventually have to do your laundry. You can’t drink all the beer you want and eat all the food they give you without putting on some pounds.
Bitter realities, all.
But it helped to train me for politics.
Global warming is no hoax. It’s a real thing.
The climate is changing and man has played a role in it’s changing.
There is too much carbon in the air, because we have too many vehicles emitting too much CO2.
We have the capability to change all of this. We can use the marketplace to provide incentives to consumers to find alternative ways to transport themselves.
We can make it more expensive to drive, make it easier to walk or ride a bike, make it less necessary to commute. We can put a tax on carbon and then use that revenue to cut taxes for consumers and corporations.
The other thing we can do is to prepare for the worst....
If only there was a President in the White House willing to implement GOP ideas on Climate Change.....maybe more could have been done.

Wait there has been. Too bad he's from Kenya. And its also too bad the Republican Party is utterly broken having spent a generation rewarding ignorance and promoting nihilism.

Friday, August 26, 2016

CONSERVAGENTSIA: GOP "owns" Trump, Alt-Right; "We built" this....

In earlier generations, responsible members of the conservagentsia were referred to as "liaisons to the nuts." This can be an honorable profession.

Via Ricochet:
Hillary Clinton’s speech about Donald Trump and the alt-right is excoriating. She didn’t need to lie, spin, or exaggerate. All she needed to do was describe Trump and the company he keeps. She did so competently. The odds seem to me overwhelmingly high that she’ll be elected. She may well be working with a Democratic Congress. GOP primary voters handed her the only candidate in the firmament whom she could handily trounce.
...what a tragedy. The Republican Party will not easily recover from this. GOP primary voters have in effect left us with a one-party state. The party with which we’re left is full of rotten ideas, but this election won’t be about that. It will — properly — be about keeping a loose cannon who can’t tell between fact and fiction out of the White House....
This election should have been about these ideas. Instead, it’s about keeping an outright lunatic away from the nuclear codes. “A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military,” she said. And she’s right.
Had the GOP leadership been braver, Paul Ryan would have given the speech Hillary Clinton gave. He could have defined conservatism in opposition to Trump. But he didn’t. The failure of the GOP leadership to repudiate Trump ensures that the GOP will be tainted by him, and in all likelihood unelectable, for years to come. The GOP was given a choice between Clinton and dishonor. They chose dishonor, and now we will have Clinton.

Notice the two-step process here - nobody dislikes Hillary more than me, she's bad, she hurts people's feelings, etc., etc., i.e., "I am one of you," BUT our team has run off the rails and it is our fault....and WE need to correct course.

Ricochet is an online community for movement "conservatives," basement dwellers and folks with right-leaning views.  What makes Ricochet a little different from your typical right wing website with its attendant vitriol is that richocet has a monthly fee to screen out some of the malcontents that infest other sites AND it engages "editors" to police the comment section.  Notably, some of the editors or thought leaders are not run of the mill conservative activists but rather are members of the "conservagentsia" or the "Vanguard" tasked to steer the dialogue in a direction consistent with ideology.

As conservative ideology is generally reactionary in nature and abstract in the specifics, this is not an easy task. Managing the "conservative" response to "change" becomes a daily event. Those not ideologically advanced become reactive, hostile and many times counter-productive to the "conservative" cause in face of apparent changing conditions.

The mission of conservagentsia in this regard, is to soften the harder edges of the movement and redirect its "passions" toward the common good (of the movement).

Think of ricohet as a kinder-gentler virtual version of an imaginary FEMA-run camp. Instead of government bureaucrats running ominous but non-existent re-education programs, the most "ideologically conscious" guide the conservative classes toward acceptable ideological ends.

The process is far from effective. In the old days, thugs and private militias would enforce conservative orthodoxy. Today's "blog posts" lack some of the former method's "persuasiveness," but in a sea of conservative media, self-sustained within a conservative entertainment complex, these brave members of the conservagentsia do the best under the circumstances.

They should be encouraged.

Monday, August 22, 2016

PAINTED INTO CORNER - Wingers face no good options

After years of playing the extremism game, right wing activists find themselves with no good options to deal with the coming Trumpocalypse.

Though these activists seem to be repelled by the consequences of their conduct- they "built it," with "it" being the toxic combination of nihilism and white nationalism that is the foundation of the Trump Candidacy - there appears to be no easy way out.  And that is a good thing. In the parlance of the "street" - if you do the crime, you serve the time.

They did the "crime" - laid the groundwork and nurtured "Trumpism" to its logical position.  And now, these activists, should accept the full weight of the consequences. The most hardcore and culpable parties need to "do the time."

Anyway, Andrew Klavan, a hard-right activist and wingers' winger, weighs in on the coming recriminations by and among the righteous:
Of course, for the young, there very much does seem to be a future in which the conservative movement can rebuild no matter what damage Hillary wreaks on the nation. For those of us who have graduated into the Sage class, this may not be the last election...  but we can see the last election from here. For us, it will be harder to keep hope alive during a Hillary presidency.
I make this point only to remind those on both sides that, no matter what happens — whether current trends continue and Trump is buried beneath a flaming landslide or whether an election year of anomalous surprises delivers yet one more — conservatism will certainly be finished forever if we on the right remain at daggers drawn in the aftermath. Angry charges that our fellow conservatives "sold out," or "stabbed us in the back," are nearly always absurd. Most of us are just trying to figure out what's right for the right. When the choices are impossible, reasonable people may disagree.
Again, the thing about hard decisions is: They're hard. A little respect for differing opinions among conservatives young and old may help us rebuild from whichever no doubt ruinous disaster is about to come crashing down on top of us.
A whole bunch of "Someones" need to accept "personal responsibility" for the state of the GOP.

If it were up to me, President Obama's Secret-Gestapo-like force, the death panels traveling by black helicopters in the middle of the night and the imaginary FEMA run camps would all play import roles.

Throw in some jack-booted IRS agents, some super-duper-scary black panthers, some non-existent in person voter-fraud and, of course,  ACORN, all deliberately targeting the virtuous and stealing elections and we'd have something.

But none of these "threats" exist. And that is the point. Build your house on of foundation of bullshit and a circular firing squad eventually may come your way.

They "built this" after all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

PRESIDENT OF THE COMMENT SECTION: Breitbart "Shockjock" in charge of Trump campaign

Via the Lamestream Media:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is bringing two new managers to the top of his campaign in a bid to recover ground he has lost in recent weeks.
Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, an outspoken Trump supporter and a former Goldman Sachs banker, will assume the new position of campaign chief executive. At the same time, Mr. Trump also is promoting Kellyanne Conway, a veteran GOP pollster and strategist, to become campaign manager. Ms. Conway has been a campaign adviser for several weeks.
More Cowbell. Sweet.

What was a strength in the GOP primary - using the rhetoric of Right Wing Blogs to position Trump ahead of the timid "Losers" and/or "Clowns" in the rest of the field - has become a liability with a national audience.

That is unfortunate. But surfing a wave of crazy shit only gets you so far.  Eventually that wave breaks against the reality of shore. Demographics that is. The lunatic fringe, while significant, may just be 5% of America. And while these hardcore soljas may overwhelm a GOP primary electorate with just 15% of Registered Voters participating, these nutters get over-run when the rest of America joins in.

And so that's the thing with the right wing echo chamber. The poor bastards don't realize that they live within a contained eco-system. The crazy noise that these "Losers" thrive on is just that. It's noise that feels good, full of sound, fury and Reagan but it signifies jack shit. But they are ultimately outnumbered and growing more so everyday.

Sigh.  Its Karma really. For years, Con-men have been running a game on "Real Americans." They give 'em nothing - excepting only tax cuts for rich folks and deregulation of dangerous and greedy industries. And they keep 'em angry and ignorant - sending 'em to the polls in even years to defeat a boogeyman of these con-artists making.

The bill comes due at some point in time when a better Conman comes along and steals the audience with his own con. Its all a game. Don't hate the winger, hate the game.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WHIG WATCH - Internal GOP grievances at "Sarajevo" levels

The next spark might do it.

Via the Conservagentsia.
Republicans are pre-disposed to purge. Democrats are used to being a coalition party that caters to interest groups that are divided by race, class, and region. Since the Cold War, Democratic infighting tends to take the form of demonstrations of strength between its constituent parts. This helps the party rank its priorities. The GOP, however, is practically controlled by the conservative movement and so its disagreements tend to be less about setting priorities than about the party's philosophy itself. Republican infighting tends to be more like a campaign of persecuting heretics.
The urge to remove certain people from your movement is not without its merits. Nuts can add savor to a dish, sure. But they can also repel. Moderates voters and moderate members of Congress are generally allergic to nuts. Yet they are the key ingredient to building a majority party.
But if the party really wants to rebuild, it should start by subtracting orthodoxies. ... If it means electing protectionists in the deindustrialized mid-West and coal country, so be it. If it means electing a more secular-flavor of Republican in the Northeast, so be it. It often works out better for some of the GOP's factions when they aren't totally in charge. Pro-lifers benefited when pro-choice Republicans voted to confirm Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Gun law liberalizers benefited from the same dynamic.
The alternative, a war of all against all, is too destructive to contemplate.
There are lots of "nuts" though. Lot of 'em. Its gonna be difficult to put 'em in their place and avoid an all out war of all against all.

For decades the "nuts" have been told that because they are "special," they will never have to compromise. Doing what "feels good" for the nuts became a way to practice ideological purity, but also became a means to enforce discipline on the less pure. The heretics.

So for them that win this coming Feud and it will likely be them with money, they'll need to rein in them nuts and put 'em in their place.

As conservatives are hierarchical in nature, this means that "the nuts" will need to devolve down to their "natural" place within that group. The bottom rail ain't gonna on top no more.

Or it all goes to hell. So there is that - a war of all against all.

Monday, August 15, 2016

WINGNET "COMING TO JESUS" - Its role "F'ing things up" questioned

Over the past 8 years RedState Blog has been the home of great and super awesome fun like:
  • Operation Leper - a scheme to vilify republican critics of Sarah Palin;
  • The Red State Strike "Farce" - which among other launched an all out effort to find Mitch McConnell's lost "balls;" 
  • naming "Hills to Die on" -  taking down insufficiently "pure" republicans; 
  • Early apologists for Donald J Trump, and 
  • all the low-lights of the last 8 years 

But now the former Editor of RedState Blog is having second thought and offers this mea culpa  on the role of the Conservative Entertainment Complex on the Collapse of the GOP and corresponding rise of Donald J Trump:
...never trust a politician, political consultant, or pundit who says they had nothing to do with the rise of Trump.
For some, like me, perhaps we pushed too hard on issues and held too many people to many promises we took more literally than we should. Perhaps we encouraged activists to have too little grace for others. For others, it was making promises they had no intention of keeping. For others it was peddling stories they knew to not be true, but were just too good not to talk about. And for others, it was ignoring very real concerns of Americans in favor of the concerns of check writers. Republicans and Democrats both deserve blame for the rise of Trump — the one for talking a good game and not delivering and the other for flat out ignoring the conditions and concerns of a disaffected group of Americans in favor of identity politics.
I think, if anything, the coin operated conservative movement will never account for its participation in the rise of Trump, but deserves much blame. It decided to define conservatism based on the highest bidder instead of the highest principle. Conservative activists turned lobbyists and suddenly their issues became conservative even if they were not really.....
Over the years the "crimes" these infotainers committed against ordinary folks are infamous. These con-men actively tried to:
(1) scare the shit of their voters - many of whom are elderly - with such nonsense as death panels for grandma;
(2) Scam their voters' with schemes like convert your retirement savings into gold (thanks NRO!); and
(3) Exploit the ignorance of normal voters on complex issues of national security, science, etc (global warming conspiracy anyone) by actively and deliberately misinform them.
These scumbags did all of these things for the very best reasons, no doubt and because the ends justified the means. When those ends were defeating the Obamunist Thugocracy, it was all good.

But now that the means have led to the rise of Trump, these "losers" and "clowns" are having second thoughts about their conduct and basic morality.  Shit happens I guess.

Monday, August 8, 2016

KRUGTHULU: Let 'em "burn"

Frankenbagger meets Trumpenstein and its on!

Via the Lamestream Media:
There’s absolutely no evidence that tax cuts for the rich and radical deregulation, which is what right-wingers mean when they talk about pro-growth policies, actually work, or that strengthening the social safety net does any harm. Bill Clinton presided over a bigger boom than Ronald Reagan; the Obama years have seen much more private job creation than the Bush era, even before the crash, with job growth actually accelerating after taxes went up and Obamacare went into effect. ...
The Trumpification of the G.O.P. didn’t come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it was the natural outcome of a cynical strategy: long ago, conservatives decided to harness racial resentment to sell right-wing economic policies to working-class whites, especially in the South.
This strategy brought many electoral victories, but always at the risk that the racial resentment would run out of control, leaving the economic conservatives — whose ideas never had much popular support — stranded. And that is what has just happened.
... Trumpism is basically a creation of the modern conservative movement, which used coded appeals to prejudice to make political gains, then found itself unable to rein in a candidate who skipped the coding.
If some conservatives find this too much and bolt the party, good for them, and they should be welcomed into the coalition of the sane. But they can’t expect policy concessions in return. When Dr. Frankenstein finally realizes that he has created a monster, he doesn’t get a reward. Mrs. Clinton and her party should stay the course.
Its all fun and games until somebody nominates Donald J Trump and puts tax cuts for those that don't need 'em and deregulation of dangerous and greedy industries at risk. Then this "unpleasantness" becomes serious.

The monster running a muck menacing the villagers part can be manageable as long as the tax cut and deregulation part is all good. But once the tax cuts are threatened or cops are sent to walk the dangerous and greedy industry beat, that's when some start having second thoughts.

Friday, August 5, 2016

CIVIL WAR on the RIGHT - Trump Republican "whips" primary challenger in TN

RINOs suffer "grave" set back. Freedom marches on.

Via the Wingnet:
Good for Rep. Scott DesJarlais. He soundly whipped former Romney aide Grant Starrett, 52 to 43 in the Tennessee 4th District primary.
The campaign was marked by the same attacks DesJarlais endured in 2012 when it emerged that he had previously encouraged his ex-wife and a mistress to have abortions. The mistress was a patient of DesJarlais, who is a doctor.
The ironic part is that DesJarlais was one of Trump’s first supporters in Congress. Yet nowhere did you see The Donald stumping or helping his campaign in any way. In any case, this is a win for the House Freedom Caucus, the best voice conservatives have in Congress–and likely the only voice (apart from certain senators) for the next four years.
Desjarlais is basically about the worst guy in Congress that people have not heard of. But in this bible belt district, this distinction has not been held against him as the congressman has beaten back primary challenges from establishment backed candidates in cycle after cycle.

Here is how once and future Presidential Candidate David French (NRO) described his fellow Tennessee Republican:
He had a whopping six affairs on his ex-wife and supported her decision to get two abortions before their marriage. A doctor, he had affairs with two patients and prescribed one of them drugs. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners fined and admonished DesJarlais for this misconduct. He actually taped himself pressuring one of his mistresses to get an abortion, and then — when word of the tape leaked — lied to his constituents, claiming that the conversation “was recorded without [his] knowledge.”
That aside, Desjarlais seems to be a "good fit" for the voters of his district. The voters no doubt are reminded about this sordid tale every two years full of human frailty, abortion on demand, and vice but this year with Trump!  They send the guy back to DC, anyway.

So the lesson, if there is one, is that a political party can parachute in some establishment pick to lecture the "hay seeds" about "conservatism" and read NRO blog posts to them. It might work from time to time. But apparently it does not work in this part of Real America.