Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Instapundit Reminds Me that Kansas is Still Roiling in Rebellion

Teahadist Insurgents are Rallying behind the Creepy Guy in Bleeding Kansas:
Less than a week before primary day, Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is still ahead, but he has a real race on his hands against a tea party challenger .... Milton Wolf, a radiologist who had never run for office, is inching closer, despite being wrapped up in a scandal after posting X-rays of deceased patients on Facebook.

... “It’s definitely closer than we expected,” said one GOP operative close to the race on Roberts’ side.

Except for Wolf’s scandal, the conditions are favorable for an upset: Tea party groups who fell short in the Mississippi Senate race are turning their attention toward Kansas; ...and although Roberts took his challenger seriously, the establishment didn’t consider Wolf a major threat and didn’t come out on Roberts’ behalf as it did for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.
Time up the viscous counter-insurgency, I'd say. 

Them RINOs are sneaky. I imagine they have a surprise or two still in store for the Insurgent.

Neoconservative Doyenne Calls for Jon Cary's Resignation essentially for not being a Neoconservative

I don't know for sure, but the internets seem to think that Jennifer Rubin may be an Unregistered Foreign Agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  FARA requires agents representing the interests of foreign powers in a "political or quasi-political capacity" to disclose their relationship with the foreign government and information about related activities and finances.

Sometimes the internets are wrong, however and Ms Rubin may in fact be an honest broker just trying to do her best totally non-biased journalism in a complicated world.

Who knows really.

Today she writes that Secretary of State John Kerry has got to go. Apparently not only does Kerry not take orders from Netanyahu, he thinks he can reason with him using "tree-hugger mumbo-jumbo" and get him to maybe "Chill out" some and "give peace a chance" because like "War is not the Answer":
As a substantive matter, he spent endless time and capital on the “peace process,” which virtually everyone else [i.e., Neocons] could see was going nowhere. He has shown with his Hamas truce that he not only doesn’t understand Israel [i.e., the way Neocons understand it], our closest ally in the Middle East, but also doesn’t understand the significance of Hamas’s defeat in the greater regional conflict between Iran and its neighbors [i.e. as a proper Neocon would]. He doesn’t know when he’s out of sync with allies [i.e., like Netanyahu] and is a poor judge of our foes’ intentions.

[Neocons like] Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has pointed out that Kerry failed in Russia negotiations, Syria negotiations and “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinians. Even worse, Kerry doesn’t know or accept that he has failed [according to standards determined by Neoconservatives]. A secretary of state this out of touch with reality [i.e., as defined by Neoconservatives] can’t perform his job [i.e., to our satisfaction].

Even if you take a more charitable view of Kerry’s judgment, he has lost the trust of [Neoconservatives in] Congress. (So how can he sell an Iran deal [i.e., to Neoconservatives], if he makes one?) He has lost the trust of Israel [i.e., Netanyhu] and Egypt. (So how can he sell them on an Iran deal or an end to the Gaza war?) Iran — which has played him on the interim deal to get sanctions relief [i.e., which Neocons oppose] for no irreversible changes plus a sunset clause to one day allow it to maintain an unfettered nuclear weapons program [i.e., BOOM] — and Russia have learned to essentially ignore him [i.e., and everyone else too].
The scare quotes around "peace process" are priceless.

I think the real problem that Jennifer Rubin has with John Kerry is that he's not Dick Cheney.  Of course we all know well things turned out when Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith and Company were running the show.



Anyway, it will be fun watching Rubin in action as the GOP presidential clown show picks steam. You'll know who she's for by which GOP candidates she stabs in the back. So there is that.

Another Day in the Life of John Boehner

Meanwhile Paul Ryan's Brain Posts this on the Internets - President Obama is up to no good again and that can only mean one thing - more acts of badness.

According to the wingnet, the next/latest act of Badness may be even more Bad than his most Bad thing he's done to date - which is probably really Super Bad. Even more shocking, this next Bad Thing may be the Most-est Baddest Thing a President has ever done in the History of History:
Many people in Washington seem to be talking about the prospect of the president unilaterally legalizing the status of several million people who entered the country illegally as though it were just another political question. But if reports about the nature of the executive action he is contemplating are right, it would be by far the most blatant and explosive provocation in the administration’s assault on the separation of powers, and could well be the most extreme act of executive overreach ever attempted by an American president in peacetime.
NRO-bot Yuval Levin soberly discussing waves of child criminals armed with teddy bears attempting to take over America.**
I don't claim to know what/if anything that the administration is planning to do regarding immigration reform. However, it would not surprise me if members of the administration and super mean folks in the senate [i.e., Harry Reid] weren't just fucking with these clowns.

I mean here you have congressional republicans [i.e, the far right] claiming the the President is a "lawless" tyrant who does whatever the fuck he wants. So instead of Impeachment which is a loser to the majority of American who don't watch Foxnews, the GOP plans to sue the President for "Double-Super Lawlessness." This will show the President [i.e., the far right] that the GOP is all serious and means business about......something.

At the same time, the far right is also demanding the President do something about the scary brown children arriving on border, i.e., act without congressional authority in a "lawless" manner. The funny thing about this is that they want the President to act without congress because the far right does not trust their own team in Congress when it comes to immigration legislation.

What if they - those sneaky RINOs - sneak some "sort of reform" into the immigration legislation when nobody is looking [i.e., through normal processes like reconciliation]?  This could mean Millions of New Citizens who are not driven by the internal cultural norms that white folks who grew up in the good ol'days hold dear. That would mean the end of America!!!

So now basically you have a tag team going with Harry Reid volunteering to fix the border situation while addressing "some sort of reform" via the congress and then the Administration saying maybe they'll go all "lawless" and do it themselves since Congress [i.e., house republicans] basically cannot accomplish anything other than doing the bare minimum to avoid a crisis of its own making at the last possible moment.

And then what you have is desperate RINOs warning that the President is about to go all "lawless" and that such "lawlessness" ultimately could cause some type of Tea Party Impeachment Shit Storm - which is a definite loser for the GOP.

And at the same time you have Tea Party shrieking about the possibility of "some sort of reform" [i.e., brown folks] sneaking through the congress aided and abetted by those sneaky RINO bastards.

So now, let's talk about Impeachment and the fact that a recent poll shows 57% of Republicans favor Impeachment [i.e, a Tea Party Shit Storm]. Any questions about Impeachment today?  In other words, it sucks to be John Boehner.

**[h/t George Will who, apparently, is not dead yet]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Another Day, Another Conspiracy Theory or it's Tuesday at Instapundit Blog!

Stupid Polls show that, just like the Debt Ceiling Debacle and the Government Shutdown, large percentages of Republican voters favor going all crazy and impeaching the President. I think the last stupid poll I saw showed 57% of 'em supporting Impeachment.

Naturally the Cray-Cray is the tricksy Obama's fault:
ARE THE DEMS PUSHING AN IMPEACHMENT NARRATIVE NOW, so that when Obama does something really awful they can say it’s just politics, the Republicans were talking impeachment all along?...[These Tricksy Obamunist Oppressors] manifestly don’t care about the division and debasement, but rather see it as a feature — division and debasement of the political system make it easier to rule, if you don’t care much about the well-being of the country you’re ruling.
The other Day, the Number 3 GOP Guy was on the Foxnews Sunday Show and refused to say that Impeachment was Cray-Cray when he was asked by the Foxnews Host.

This seemed like an easy thing to confirm - that impeachment was a path to stupid. All he had to do was say "Ya, Man. That's really Stupid. Even we know that this is a bad idea" but the poor bastard was afraid to say it. 

In other words. It. Is. All. Obama's. Fault. Just. Like. Always.

Dispatches from the 2012 Election - Instapundit Passes on the Stupid

The internets tell us that there are are two books that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged.

One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Via Instapundit (from a reader) on Election Night:
“If Obama is reelected, good hardworking people should give up and go Galt. The tipping point is the 2012 election. Will the makers finally succumb to the takers? It’s pointless to think that if America reelects the most unqualified disastrous president in recent memory, we should stand our ground and continue fighting. it’s a signal that marxist free-lunchism and free birth control for everyone trump economic well-being and prosperity in the minds of the masses. Give up. Go Galt. Protect what few assets you have left, and start to hunker down for the coming storm. America is beyond screwed, well past the fiscal insanity of a number of EU countries. Think of it this way – we sit and watch California destroy itself and wonder who could be so foolish as to remain there and dedicate himself to indentured servitude in a state headed for disaster. Why don’t those fools just leave!! Same for Venezuela. as they descend into chaos and totalitarianism, do they reject Chavez more? The answer is plainly no. The spiral down the drain is irreversible and obvious. The more the government creates misery, the more they create programs to help people cope with the misery they’ve created, and we achieve a perpetual negative feedback loop. My advice is simple – if Obama is reelected, get a lawyer and a financial advisor, cash out as much of your assets as you can, and prepare yourself for a nosedive off a cliff. anything else would be imprudent and irresponsible to yourself and your dependents. Who wants to be a Dagny Taggart dedicating themselves to a life of indentured servitude trying to correct the wrongs of a heavy handed government? i will not be volunteering. I didn’t give up on America, America gave up on me.”
Something tells me that this guy has not moved to France.........Yet.  Why? Its simple. The USA is number 1, man! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

LIVE from the Wingnut-O-sphere: Its Happy-Happy Fun Time at RedState Blog!

Via RedState Blog Editor in Chief Erickson:
For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence. He is in over his head. He is inexperienced. He is out of his league. It is hard to accept otherwise.

But it is clearer and clearer that is not true. It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness. Our President — and he is our President — is not a stumbler and a bumbler, but a Nero who when not persecuting Christians, plays golf while the world burns.

President Obama has surrounded himself with a group of people who comport to his own world view. That world view is very simple to explain: Barack Obama and his advisors belief that in order for the world to be safer, they must make the United States less safe. In order for the world to be stable, the United States must be less stable.

In short, Barack Obama blames America first.
And from there it only gets worse - the badness happening around the globe is purposefully being caused by the President.

Its this kind of shit that riles up the wingers and causes the "Mitt Romney's of the World" to live in fear.

How do you do you appeal to crazy and non-crazy at the same time and not come off as a complete phony? Its the 2012 problem; the 47% makers-takers bullshit problem. Your base wants the cray-cray, but if you give 'em what they want, you're limited to just 27% of the vote or in Romney's case, ironically, 47% of the vote.

And if you don't give 'em what they want and they'll turn the pitch forks on you. But such is life.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another Day, Another Conspiracy or its Thursday at Powerline Blog!!!

Union Goons and Jackbooted Obamunist Forces await their marching orders:
Why are the Democrats carrying on this selective war against “dark money,” which is itself, ironically, funded almost entirely with dark money? Democrats want to be able to identify conservative donors so that the Obama administration can use federal agencies to take revenge on them; so they can try to get them fired (like Brendan Eich); and so union goons can lead busloads of demonstrators onto their lawns. When liberal ideas have to compete with conservative ideas, they consistently lose. So the Democrats want to intimidate conservative donors in order to have the political field to themselves. There is nothing noble about their selective enmity toward “dark money.”
I wish!

There's a big problem with this observation and its a major problem in America. You see we don't have enough Union Goons. There is a severe shortage. The last time in went down to the Union Hall looking for Union Goons, the Union Boss was like "Don't got none. We sure could use some of 'em though."  Plus FEMA run camps, too!

The thing about conservative ideas being "like totally awesome and shit" other than Nationalized Romneycare aka Obamacare and Cap and Trade - which used to be awesome but now "suck big time"  is that I'm not sure what totally awesome conservative ideas are out there.

There's the Ryan Roadmap which is a healthy dose Social Darwinism stolen from the 1880s and from Ayn Rand novels, but that ain't gonna win any Hearts and Minds.

The rest of these "Conservative ideas" must be top secret, because I haven't heard any so-called conservative pitching conservative ideas to the Base other than Deregulation of Dangerous and Greedy Industries and Tax Cuts for Rich folks and, of course, a more aggressive foreign policy that invokes calling Vladimir Putin a "thug" and threatening to bomb various countries. 

In other words there's nothing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guy who Compared Obama to Mussolini Outraged by HBO depiction of Ted Cruz as the Worst Guy of the last 100 years

Hinderaker can cast them stones, but he can't take it:
HBO, Beyond the Pale
HBO has done some good things, like Rome and Game of Thrones. But this is one of the most appalling things I have seen in a long time. There is an HBO program called “True Blood” that apparently is about vampires–way to be cutting edge, right? In its most recent episode, it featured a Ted Cruz fundraiser at the George W. Bush presidential library. In the clip below, you can see the characters discussing the fact that only “assholes” are going to the Ted Cruz event, while a woman, having dressed for the event, describes herself as a “Republicunt.” The clip concludes with a vampire saying that of all the horrible things he has seen in the last 100 years, the Ted Cruz fundraiser is the worst.....
The show’s producers invited Sarah Palin to appear in the episode, apparently for additional “Republicunt” titillation. She declined. These people are beneath beneath contempt.
Look, Ted Cruz is a brazen demagogue who gets a kick out fucking with Tea Partiers. In other words, basically he's a douchebag. But he has to know this by now, so I don't think an HBO show will hurt his feelings.

So get over it. Its not like HBO had Ted Cruz goosestepping it up. You have to go to Powerline Blog for that.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NRO-bot Plays the Numbers Game!

According to the wingnet, The GOP should be the party of Civil Rights. If you don't believe this, the numbers don't lie.
Even as the nation celebrates the passage of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, some liberals are using the occasion to bash Republicans as inheriting the legacy of Jim Crow — ignoring the fact that a higher percentage of Republicans in Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act than did Democrats. ...

The American Civil Rights Union, a conservative group ...has just published a booklet on the real history of Jim Crow. Available for free at thetruthaboutjimcrow.org, it sets the record straight on a hidden racial past that many Democrats would rather see swept under the carpet.
Anyone can play the numbers game.

If you do, you'll see that while 7% of Southern Dems in the House supported the law, 0% of Southern Republicans did. In the North, 94% of Dems supported the law compared to only 85% of Republicans (mainly the now extinct Yankee RINO).

In the Senate, its the same story - Senators from red states opposed the Law and senators from Blue states supported it:
The House:
Southern Democrats: 7–87   (7–93%)
Southern Republicans: 0–10   (0–100%)

Northern Democrats: 145–9   (94–6%)
Northern Republicans: 138–24   (85–15%)

The Senate:
Southern Democrats: 1–20   (5–95%)
Southern Republicans: 0–1   (0–100%)

Northern Democrats: 45–1   (98–2%)
Northern Republicans: 27–5   (84–16%)
After you do this, you see a Red State - Blue State pattern here with conservatives opposing the Act and the rest of Congress supporting it.  This is a recurring problem for movement conservatives. The past is not kind. They stood athwart history yelling stop - and were passed by.

The way you get around this problem, is to fondly recollect the Yankee RINO but leave out the parts about how its tolerant and moderate disposition led to its extinction:
It was a gentle breed, but it could not compete against the hyper-aggressive Tea Party Breed and the highly territorial Evangelical Breed. There are still pictures of the Yankee RINO, though. 
The same is not true of Dems. Yes the Democratic Party has a shameful legacy. It was the party of segregation and slavery. Yes that was wrong. People freely admit this as true.

However parties don't remain static. They can change over time. The Whigs are gone, just as the RINOs may soon be. The Democratic Party used to oppose civil rights, but the roles of the parties are now reversed. That's the downside of the Southern Strategy.

And so it goes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Viciously Mean Stuff Posted on Web, cntd

On Inflation Truthers:
Dear inflation truthers: This is how averages work: "Call it Amity[ Shlaes]'s Law. As a debate with an inflation truther grows longer, the probability of them asking how inflation could be low when some prices are rising faster than the average of all prices approaches one.... Inflation truthers will darkly note that the costs of stamps, coffee, haircuts, movie tickets, summer cottages, college tuition, and, of course, gasoline are all increasing more than the overall inflation rate. And they won't mention anything that's increasing less, let alone things that are falling in price.... Then they'll triumphantly raise an eyebrow from beneath their tinfoil hats.... [but] unless every price is changing by the exact same amount, some of them will be increasing more than average and some of them will be increasing less. That's how averages work. But in the hands of an inflation truther, this mathematical banality achieves a kind of totemic significance... the grassy knoll inside Area 51 where Janet Yellen is playing a record backwards that say hyperinflation is coming.... This isn't an indictment of the government's credibility. It's an indictment of their own..."
Mockery is often the most kind way to respond to the ideologue.....when comparing the alternatives -  like FEMA run camps.

Global-Global Warming Conspiracy Continues to Grow.....globally, cntd

Now this shit is just getting out of control: The National Hockey League has joined the global-global warming conspiracy ?!?!?!?!?

Obviously the NHL has problems, not being Football and such, but one of the biggest ones has to be that that these Hockeyists are not getting their news from Right Wing Blogs:
Climate change is impacting the next generation of hockey players directly, according to a report released Monday by the National Hockey League (NHL).

The report, the first-of-its-kind produced by a professional sports league in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, details a plan for the NHL to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

"Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and play the game outdoors," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in statement on Monday.

The 2014 Sustainability Report took roughly two years to compile, using data on energy usage, waste management, and procurement at 30 NHL arenas throughout North America.

It found that one NHL game will emit 408 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equal to about 900,000 gallons of gasoline. That also equates to 56 pounds per attendee, not including a fan's transportation to the game.

The overall output of greenhouse gas emissions from NHL events is relatively small, however, the report states, coming in at under 400,000 tons annually from 2012-2013.

Still, Bettman said the NHL has a "vested interest in this cause."
It would be a good thing if the world suddenly discovered that the wingnuts were right about global warming.  They'd get to gloat and "I told you so" to all the smart people and write endless diatribes about the "warmists" and the "climatistas" and the “thermageddonites” and the "alarmists" and all.

That'd be fine. I think most folks would make that trade, if it were that simple. But I don't think its that simple. The overwhelming odds are that the smart people are right about AGW and the wingnuts are wrong (like usual).  That being the case, the smart approach or the even the conservative approach would be take steps to minimize the effects of climate change.  Its kinda like insurance in that regard. You hope you don't have to use it, but it'd be crazy to not have it. But everyone knows that its hard to argue with crazy.

Mean Spirited Poll Ranks Dubya Last

A recent Lamestream Poll asked folks to rate the last 8 presidents on intelligence and guess who wound up with the short straw:

Another Stupid Poll
My guess is that the results (1) are partisan and (2) are skewed in favor of the more recent of the presidents, with folks rating those they remember a bit higher than those distantly remembered or not at all.......with the exception of GWB.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dispatches from the Conservagentsia or Oh you Poor Bastard, Conservatives don't believe in Science

One of the features of the modern Republican party is its rank disapproval of Social Sciences in General and Political Science in particular. Wingers hate it to the point of banning tax payer research grants for being used to study political science. "No taxpayer funded ABORTION! And no taxpayer funded Political Science, dammit. Or else!"

Its really very silly. But the war on Political Science is a bright and shiny object that wingers cannot resist.  Here is another example of a winger cheering on a hurricane because it disrupted an annual Political Science convention!
    ....as it happened, Isaac took a left turn (so to speak) and has hit New Orleans where it has resulted in the cancellation of . . . the annual APSA convention.  (Glad I declined an invitation to be on a panel at this year’s APSA; otherwise I’d be holding down Power Line’s weather bureau right now.)  Wonder what liberals think of the intelligent design of Isaac now.  And is it an omen for November?  All I can say is: heh.
This winger is supposedly one of their upper tier wingers too. But that didn't stop that hate for teh science.

Anyway, Science as everyone know - sucks. It tells you things you don't want to hear. "What do you mean that studies show that Gay People make as good as parents as anyone else? That's got to be bullshit," and on and on. So naturally right wingers suspect that its the scientists and their so-called science that's making all this shit up so they go after them.

But could science be useful in some circumstances?  Does it always have to suck? A member of the conservagentsia ruminates on the bankrupt state of the GOP and wonders if Political Science might provide a way out of the morass:
In  A Theory of Political Parties: Groups, Policy Demands and Nominations in American Politics, a collection of political scientists argue that party politics is dominated by “policy demanders”.   Policy demanders are activists and groups who use the party as a vehicle for their common agenda.  Policy demanders are not about winning elections at all costs – at least not if those costs involve sacrificing too much of what the policy demanders want.  Policy demanders are about advancing their interests and their preferences even if it sometimes means reducing the odds that their political party will maximize its political advantage.

You see this with today’s Democratic party.... the current crop of Republican consulting class are best seen not as policy demanders, but as a group of politics demanders.  They are concerned less with governing (policy) and more concerned with how campaigns are conducted and what issues are emphasized.  There are certain themes they are comfortable employing and certain themes they find irritating.  A given Republican consultant might personally be opposed to late-term abortion (to the extent they ever think about the issue), but late-term abortion is not the kind of thing that elections are about.  The campaign priorities emerge from an elite culture (a center-right elite culture) that prioritizes economic issues and views the social issues as a distraction or a necessary evil.  This is not just about dollars and cents.  It is about how priorities emerge within a culture.  This is a culture where it was widely believed that endlessly repeating “you built that” had some kind of talismanic power over the electorate.....
Social conservatives (and just plain Republican partisans) should start demanding either better politics from their consultants or better political consultants. 
Good luck with getting the Teabaggers to do what the elitist Political Scientists tell them to do - "Stop yammering on about Abortion and the End of Freedom so much and just get on board with the plan."

The Poor Bastards have been raised to do whatever feels good. Guns always good. No compromises there.  Government always bad. No compromises here.  Medicare for me good. Health Insurance for you bad. Tax Cuts, Deregulation, Freedom and Foxnews. That's all you need to know.

So Get real. While the GOP is as deeply anti-modern as it is, there will be no compromises made based on what some over-educated pinhead says.  Besides everyone knows that science basically, sucks.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dangerous RINO Trolls Tea Party

I am a concerned voter. I am very concerned about crony capitalism but I am also concerned that honest god fearing patriotic Americans are going to scare The Chamber of Commerce into the arms of Democrats by going after much needed Reform too quickly.

Perhaps if we acted more like RINOs and did the reform type thing a little more slowly (i.e., not at all) we could avoid this "nightmare scenario:"
Defeating crony capitalism has become the battle cry of libertarian conservatives.

The Export-Import Bank has become the latest in a long line of targets that include highway funding, terrorism risk insurance and “too big to fail” banks.

Big Business wants  immigration reform and higher academic standards for elementary and secondary schools–policy priorities that drive the hard right into conniptions. ..

What would happen if Big Business decided to change sides? What would happen if the Chamber of Commerce suddenly stopped being a huge fundraising machine for the Republican Party and started financing pro-business Democrats

That is the dream of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.)–and the nightmare scenario for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

Could Democrats make a coalition of big business and labor work?  How could the Republicans survive as a purely populist/libertarian political party?
They'll be fine. Once the GOP is back in charge of Washington, K-Street will write the laws that Wall Street wants and it'll be back to business as usual.  But, Teahadists are motivated by fear, among other things, maybe trolling them is the way to go.

I tell you these RINOs are dangerous. They'll steal an election from you in Mississippi by using the boogey man of "racism" (which does not exist in Mississippi) as sure as they'll try to scare you about the unholy Labor-Capital Alliance (which does not exist in real life).

Can't trust them.

Tea Party: RINOs "took Mississippi back 50 years in Race Relations"

Meanwhile Mississippi is still Burning in the after math of the GOP vs Tea Party Senate runoff election.  And though they were routed on the field of battle, Teahadist Insurgents are unwilling to admit defeat.

Their, or at least an attorney for the McDaniel Campaign, latest desperate ploy is to claim that Black Folks "diluted" the "Real Vote":
"The activities of the Cochran campaign are abhorrent," said Tyner. "The Cochran campaign, through their race-baiting—and let me tell you something, this is U.S. senators, this is coming straight from the top—took Mississippi back 50 years in race relations...."The Cochran campaign, through race baiting took us back 50 years," ...
"United States senators contributed money for ads to call Chris McDaniel a racist, and to motivate black Democrats, through hatred, to come out and vote for Thad Cochran."...
"Every one of those votes diluted a real vote," he said. "And it does matter."
Oh I'd say that the Teahadist has a point - from a historical context.

Back in the Jim Crow South, Black Folks used to be prohibited from voting in the Primary - which was the one chance they had to screen out the most offensive candidate - like they did this time with the very offensive Chris McDaniel.

This was a part of the Jim Crow System - that Black Folks shouldn't interfere/participate in contests between competing groups of whites - also known by the McDaniel campaign as "real voters."

You see, back then, black folks were too easy to manipulate, so it was said. They could be promised stuff and then they'd vote accordingly (right wingers have been using this line for over 125 years).

This voting could swing an election toward one group of whites or to another group of whites which could lead to violence corruption and heaven knows that if there is one thing that southern politics cannot stand, its corruption. So the best way to prevent violence corruption was to prevent black folks from voting their interests.  That was the theory anyway.

McDaniel and his forces are just harking back to the good ol' days when "real voters" decided elections.......which is probably one of the reasons that black folks voted for the other guy - Good ol' Thad.

And so it goes.

Senator from Canada Targeting "Dreamers"

The NRO reports that a "border crisis bill" proposed by the ol' Tailgunner will take aim at The Dreamers:
A “central feature” of Cruz’s bill will be a reversal of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to one Senate source.

Republicans in both chambers agree that the surge of children from Central America was caused by Obama’s 2012 announcement of DACA, a policy under which the federal government does not deport people who would have qualified for the DREAM Act
If it were up to me and I had to deport somebody, the first person on the list would be the Senator from Canada.

SEND HIM HOME ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Guy who called Bush a "genius" and Sarah Palin the most consequential politician of her times is not impressed with Hillary Clinton, cntd....

Via Powerline
In my opinion, Hillary Clinton is a lousy presidential candidate. A person of mediocre ability and little accomplishment, she is instinctively unlikable. But Hillary shouldn’t be underestimated. The Democrats elected the first affirmative action president in 2008, and they are determined to elect the second in 2016. When that presidential cycle comes around, any criticism of Hillary’s awful record as a senator and as Secretary of State will be declared off limits: war on women! No one will dare point out how average her talents are, and how thin her accomplishments or how poor her judgment, without the full weight of the culture falling on his head. Hillary is, after all, a woman.
Wait until she opens up those long overdue Anti-Obama Dissident Camps, the poor Bastard will have no choice other than to be impressed with that accomplishment.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BOMBSHELL: RINOs behind Tea Party Racism Ads in MS Senate Run-off

Yawn:
I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.

The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour backed group called Mississippi Conservatives.

Mississippi Conservatives, in turn, was funded in part by Sally Bradshaw of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the political action committees created for Senators Mitch McConnell ($50,000), John Cornyn ($50,000), Rob Portman ($25,000), Bob Corker ($25,000), and Roy Blunt ($5,000).
Well, I'll say this. The fact that a group called "All Citizens for Mississippi" is effecting elections in Mississippi is a helluva lot better than the days when White Citizens Councils and the more politically correct sounding Conservative Citizens Councils were calling the shots in that state.

So.....PROGRESS!

So, yes, conservatives/RINOs get beat up all time for using bassackwardness to promote privilege. You know, sometimes shit just happens - what's a RINO to do?

But this time they take a different tack by factually pointing out that the Tea Party Guy was/is openly hostile to issues that black folks care about (and he's also kinda of scary). And BOOM. Bottom rail now on top. And they still get beat up.

Poor RINOs can't win....excepting of course in GOP Mississippi run-off elections.  They can win those.

Maybe that idea of sending Tea Party Poll Watchers into African American voter precincts wasn't a good idea after all.
Should have photo-shopped "Flames" behind Tea Party guy

Preacher Guy Knocks Off Establisment Candidate in NC-06 House run-off

House seat seen as "Safely Red" will get new occupant:
Baptist Pastor Mark Walker defeated Rockingham District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s open 6th District.

Walker garnered 57 percent to Berger’s 43 percent, ... The 6th District is open this cycle because GOP Rep. Howard Coble is retiring.

Coble, 83, initially stayed out of the Republican primary, opting to let voters choose... But ... Coble waded into the race, throwing his support behind Berger. GOP operatives in the state thought Coble’s endorsement and subsequent presence on the trail would help Berger win Tuesday’s runoff.

But as results came in, GOP operatives said they were surprised at the margin...
These things aren't turning out the way that the grownups want them to.

Things that make me more inclined to believe in a Deity

This:
Power Line was down for a while, apparently because of a denial of service attack. Thanks to Joe Malchow and the folks at Rackspace, we were not inaccessible for long. Joe is trying to get more information about the source of the attack and we will update if we learn where it came from. But I suppose we can pretty well guess.
The inference is that someone (perhaps the left or perhaps Obamunist Goons) attempted to do the "Good Lord's Work" by cleaning up "some of the trash" on the internets.

This is not my style, though. I believe the best approach to cleaning up this type of "trash" is either through mockery or through careful study of the winger in his natural habitat.

If you study their behavior you have a chance (perhaps just a small one) at helping 'em see the error of their ways and enable them to enter proper society.  Shame or tenderness - that's the way to go, IMHO. 

Or of course the Good Lord could have had enough of "the bullshit" for one day and thrown down the "ban hammer" as a sign to "straighten up" and "get with the program." 

Who knows really.

Weekly Standard: Obamacare perhaps "Worse" than the Fugitive Slave Act

Well.... this is what they wrote about super scary extra tyrannical nationalized Romneycare:
It’s time for a well-conceived conservative alternative that will fix what the government had broken even before Obamacare was passed, shift things in a conservative direction from the pre-Obamacare status quo, and lead to the full repeal of perhaps the worst legislation in American history.
If Obamacare is the worst law in history.....that means the fugitive slave act is, perhaps, less offensive to the writers at the Weekly Standard.

Who knows, maybe perhaps they don't find it offensive at all.  Perhaps, they may not be fans of it, either. I'd like to give these guys the benefit of the doubt here, but you really can't say for certain.

Perhaps they admire the fugitive slave act. Perhaps they don't. Its just one of those unanswered questioned.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SHOCKING: Teahadist Exposed as a "Huckster"

You know some ambulance chaser should think about filing a suit on behalf of the many poor misguided souls who lost money after trusting hacks peddling ideology off as learned investment advice.

Urging folks to convert retirement funds to gold based investments or other such funds like a fund that corresponds to twice the inverse (opposite) of the daily performance of the Barclays Capital 20+ Year U.S. Treasury Bond Index, e.g., ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) if it was not criminal, it was evil.  TBT was designed to do well if the US could not sell treasury bonds (it did so easily) or if inflation spiked upwards (it never did).

After a decline in price, shares of TBT spiked up to $227 per share in the Teahadist Uprising Summer of 2009 as (imaginary) inflation fears were egged on by right wing media in what appeared to be an attempt to sabotage further economic recovery measures from going into to effect. Want to stop the Popular Obamunist Strongman save capitalism and coast to a second term, this is some of what you peddled.

Today TBT is trading at $60......because inflation fears during a deflationary cycle turned out to be a bad bet  (shockingly).

 If you can round up a bunch of Teahadists who were deceived into putting $ into losers like TBT on "bullshit" advice from "infotainers" and hacks that the Lamestream Media passed off as "Financial Experts" maybe there's something there. Teahadists are people, too. Its still a crime when they "get robbed" by these (wall) Street Thugs. Just saying. But I guess that's just part of the game - for now its til a feature, not a bug.

So here's Rick Santelli - who many credit as one of the Fathers of the Tea Party (he's not) for railing against the economic recovery in the spring of 2009 - getting shelled by a reality-based fella' on the TV:
It's impossible for you to have been more wrong, Rick. Your call for inflation, the destruction of the dollar, the failure of the US economy to rebound. Rick, it’s impossible for you to have been more wrong. Every single bit of advice you gave would have lost people money, Rick. Lost people money, Rick. Every single bit of advice. There is no piece of advice that you've given that's worked, Rick. There is no piece of advice that you've given that's worked, Rick. Not a single one. Not a single one, Rick. The higher interest rates never came, the inability of the U.S. to sell bonds never happened, the dollar never crashed, Rick. There isn’t a single one that’s worked for you.


Exactly.

How many AM radio stations had the "cover" from Santelli and "his posse" to run ads urging "regular folks" to covert their retirement accounts into "gold based" investments at the height of a "gold bubble."

That was just sick.

I know that thanks to the Hobby Lobby Case, some Corporations are now allowed to earn everlasting life in Heaven. I accept that this is now the law of the land. The Court says that it is and that is enough for me. But it is also true, that some corporations can now earn eternal damnation in the fires of hell. You can't have one without the other. I also accept that this is true. The Court has spoken and now it is thus so.

So if I was whatever Corporation  that has Santelli on the payroll - if there is one, I'd seriously be considering a "come to Jesus" moment here by going all "Money-Changer" on him because of the whole Heaven or Hell thing going on. I sure wouldn't want my corporation spending eternity in whatever ring of hell that hucksters and snake oil sales folk who prey on their brothers and sisters dwell in forever. Best get him off the payroll before your path to darkness is irreconcilably set.

Just saying.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meanwhile on the wingnet

Powerline Blog continues to hammer out the global-global warming conspiracy theory:
One of the worst consequences of the global warming power grab by the U.S. government and others around the world has been the corruption of the scientific process, which has brought the discipline of climate science, and by association science in general, into disrepute.
It's all the scientists' fault that wingers' don't believe in science anymore.

So True.

Had only they - The Scientists - been more respectful of peoples' feelings and delicate sensitivities and other such tender emotions, then all would be right with the Science and Facts and other shit like that.

But Scientist are Mean and do Mean things and Treat Real Americans very MEANLY, so that science in general has been brought into deep disrepute....by sheer MEANNESS.

VDH: Time to bust out the N-word?

There is a spectre haunting Real America - the spectre of Clintonism. Competence, fiscal responsibility and prosperity have entered into a unholy alliance that can only be vanquished by one thing: Going Full Metal Wingnut.
 “We can be certain of one fact: If the Republican candidate campaigns according to the Marquess of Queensberry rules in the fashion of John McCain or Mitt Romney and politely deflects each hour the insinuation that as a rich, old white guy de facto he is culpable for some –ism or -ology, Hillary will be elected. But if such charges are either inapplicable to the Republican candidate or are answered in slash-and-burn Lee Atwater style — who was so despised by establishment Republican political operatives — then nothing is certain.”
Only a Tea Party guy from Real America born in a trailer park on the Fourth of July with a gun in his hand or Lee Atwater style racial politics can save the GOP?

That can't be comforting.  No wonder these guys are running around like their hair is on fire all the time.

h/t Instapundit who can always be counted on to link to the cray-cray.

Friday, July 11, 2014

I see the best minds of a new generation destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical tormented by new AP History Standards, Man

Another day, another disaster just around the corner:
Americans are only just now waking up to a quiet but devastatingly effective effort to replace the teaching of traditional American history in our high schools with a new, centrally-controlled [Ed Note: i.e., by a Corporation that makes the AP test], and sharply left-leaning curriculum.

The College Board, the company that issues the SAT and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has created an elaborate new framework for the AP U.S. History Exam that will effectively force nearly all American high schools, public and private, to transform the way they teach U.S. History.

The traditional emphasis on America’s founders and the principles of constitutional government will soon be jettisoned in favor of a left-leaning emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, etc....
Just as the Common Core became an established fact before most American parents, lawmakers, and school districts even knew it existed, the new AP U.S. History Exam is about to entrench a controversial and highly politicized national school curriculum without proper notice or debate.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and a full understanding of our founding principles are on the way out.  Race, gender, class, and ethnicity are coming in, all in secrecy and in clear violation of the Constitution’s guarantee that education remain in control of the states.

The time to oppose the new AP U.S. History Exam is now.
NRO Serial Conspiracy Theorist Stanley Kurtz
History should be about Feelings and shit like that - not stupid facts or reality and the last thing it should be is fair and balanced. 

What is the role that white supremacy played in shaping America or slavery? Why the fuck would anyone want to know that - not Mister Kurtz, that's who. I am OK and you are OK and Mister Kurtz is OK and America is OK - nay better than OK. That's all you need to know.

But if you were to answer that question about Slavery or White Supremacy you could focus on Reconstruction and Jim Crow or you could go farther back to when the first Dutch Slave Ship to show up in 1619 - which Mister Kurtz had nothing to do with it. After that time indentured whites and enslaved africans provided the labor source used by the landed elites. Perhaps you would include Bacon's rebellion (which Kurtz had nothing to do with) in 1676 which led upper class property owners to believe that transitioning to full out african slavery was a "pretty good idea" if the alternative was the risk of poor whites, both free and indentured, joining politically to Demand a Fairer Deal from the elite class. All leading to the establishment of slave codes, doctrines of white supremacy and distinctions of class and the like that became embedded into the founding of the Republic. Kurtz had nothing to do with these things either. It is not like Kurtz said:
Hey, if I can distract poor whites by fear and hatred of "out groups" like we just did with Native Americans, I could probably do the same in the future by substituting African Slaves (with no legal rights and no one willing to fight for them) and playing one group off against the other. That's the best way to keep groups of poor folks from uniting politically, acting in their shared economic interest and obtaining concessions through the political process. ITS FREAKING BRILLIANT!
He simply was not alive back then to do it. Even if he wanted to do it, he couldn't have done it - not that there is any evidence that he would have wanted to do it in the first place being not alive and all.

But if some things make him feel bad, for some unknown reason since he's completely innocent of these things as he was not yet alive at the time, then heaven for-fend that historical events like these ever see the light of classrooms. There are Kurtz's feelings to be concerned with after all. It is best to go with what made the majority of the majority feel good in the 1950s and stick with that.

But in a sense, I guess Kurtz is right. These poor bastards just keep losing battle after battle in the so-called culture war. The Model Sample AP History Exam, which neither he or I have seen will likely not be a Bachmannized or Palinized version of History with the founding fathers working "tirelessly until they eliminated slavery" or will it likely have Paul Revere whoopin' and a hollerin' and a ring bells warnin' them British not to even think about taking folks guns away unless it was by prying their cold dead fingers from their muskets.

I suspect it will be fact based, instead, which is likely what folks like Kurtz are afraid of.

Poor Bastard. Dude is afraid of practically everything.Wait until he finds that the FEMA run anti-Obama dissident camps are actually shovel ready projects. That'll scare the shit out of him.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Americans Want MOAR (or less) Palin!

In a somewhat surprising poll, More Dems want Sarah Palin back out of the political Spotlight than Republicans:
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll released on Wednesday reveals something that an exasperated portion of the country likely feels is overdue: The majority of Americans -- 54 percent -- wish that Sarah Palin would step back into the shadows of public discourse. As we noted, that includes over 60 percent of Democrats and almost 40 percent of Republicans.
Sister Sarah can be absolutely hilarious at times! I'd definitely want her more involved in politics.

I am wondering if somehow "The Fairness Doctrine" can be revived to get Sarah back in the spotlight, because lord knows that life is not fair and it is especially not fair to Sarah.

Grim Teahadist Insurgency Grinds On Grimly

End of fighting "not yet in sight."

RINO "Sweep and Clear" operations have yielded positive results on the battlefield but have come at a "dear" price. The WSJ reports the on the terrible carnage:
PRIMARY FIGHTS DRAIN GOP GROUPS: A contentious primary season has taken a toll on pro-Republican super PACs, which spent heavily on election battles between GOP candidates and are heading into November with less money in the bank than their Democratic counterparts. A Journal analysis of the 25 highest-spending partisan super PACs active this year found that Republican groups not only have raised less money than Democratic groups, but also have spent a far larger share of it on primary fights—70% compared with Democrats’ 9%....
Though the Journal’s analysis offers only a partial look at spending this cycle, since many heavy-spending groups are not required to report their expenditures, experts say Democratic groups’ fundraising success indicates their determination to protect vulnerable Senate seats.
Why can't they just get along?

Basically the RINOs are like absentee and self indulgent parents who have made a shocking discovery as their young adult children return back home to the nest. Their children's' lives are an absolute mess - some are hooked on crack or whatnot, others rebellous, can't keep a job or a relationship going. Worse yet, some are hooked on Ayn Rand novels.

Now the RINOs have to put their children's lives back into order and teach them what they should have taught them long ago - how to play nicely with others, to be good citizens, follow the laws of the land and to put away childish things. This won't be easy.

What the hell happened?

Moment of "Freestyle Bipartisanship" reminds wingnet that it is very angry about MS Primary

Did the Vicious Mississippi GOP Primary Challenge Take a toll on Good ol 'Thad?

If the Lamestream media is to be believed, Senator Cochran recently became lost of his way to a GOP luncheon in the Capital.

That's what they say - if you think they can be trusted.
    Cochran didn't seem to realize he was in the wrong place until someone in the room asked him if he was planning to join the Democrats for lunch.

    "His father and I were elected to Congress and then to the Senate," Cochran said after turning away from the Democrats' room, referring to [Senator Mark] Pryor.

    The Mississippi Republican then paused for a second, fumbling to read some papers he was holding.

    "OK, so I've got to find out where ..." Cochran said before The Hill asked if he was looking for the GOP luncheon, which has been held every Tuesday in the same room for years. "Well, look, S-211. Let's see if I can do this. I've been here long enough — 30 years," he said with a grin.

    Cochran's office downplayed the mix-up.
More likely Good ol' Thad was reaching out to his friends on the other side of the aisle.

I mean why would anyone want to get to a luncheon with GOP senators early? I certainly wouldn't want to spend any more time with that motely crew than necessary and I suspect that Good ol' Thad felt the same way, understandably.
"Mark. Good to see you son. Say I was just recollecting about the time your Pap and I appeared as special guest stars on the television variety show "Hee Haw." You remember episode? Boy that was a hoot. We should get together sometime and talk about ways to get the peoples' business done - just like your Pap and I did back in the good old days. Anyway got run now."
Probably something like this, instead.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

LIVE from the Kentucky Creationism Theme Park - Its Science Week

Kentucky Coal Company Owner and GOP state senator Brandon Smith:
"I don't want get into the debate about climate change. But I'll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There's no factories on Mars that I'm aware of."
According to the scientists at NASA the average temperature on Mars is -81 degrees. But hey, they're scientists so why would anyone give them the benefit of doubt. Reasonable people disagree about "things" all the time.


The thing is that folks don't have to be stupid to say shit like this. They pick it up from other wingers in their closed information loop. When this happens, the poor bastards don't realized how misinformed they really are. Then president romney doesn't become president and shutting down the government and defaulting on the national debt seems "like totally awesome."

Absent sending State Senator Smith to Camp Bachmann for a week, there is not much you can do other than subject him to derision and  ridicule.

Deep Thoughts with Jonah Goldberg or Sometimes People Make Shit Up.....either way

This is kinda funny - here we have the author of Liberal Fascism refuting the basis for the theory of Liberal Fascism during a lamestream media piece on the eve of the 2012 presidential election:
The fact that the presidential vote matters so much is a sign not of national health but of dysfunction..... 
The mere fact that presidential elections matter this much is not a sign of national health but of national dysfunction. The more the federal government gets involved in every aspect of our lives — for good or ill — the more people will feel that their livelihoods, lifestyles, even their actual lives are at stake in a presidential election. If the federal government didn't have so much leverage over your life, politicians wouldn't be able to scare you into the voting booths.... 
the libertarian in me aches for a time when the president's vision was irrelevant and national elections just didn't matter that much.

This is the exact opposite of one of the tenets of GlennBeckism or Liberal Fascism- that the expansion of the Administration State is responsible for "hollowing out" the democratic process. Once pointy headed bureaucrats become responsible for the day to day business of government, the ordinary fella' becomes disengaged from the democratic process because he has no input or control of the bureaucratic process. Everything goes to hell from there, and thus the resulting "badness" is the fault of Liberals.

When William Jennings Bryan portrays himself as Christ crucified on a cross of gold during the 1896 election, the issue at play is monetary policy or the Silver Standard. People feel they have a stake in setting monetary policy so they vote at 80% turnouts instead of today's 55%. Twenty-five years after Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech people are still coming up to him and saying "do the cross of gold speech - do the cross of gold speech." Twenty-five years from now, folks won't be harassing any of the Romney sons to "do the Romney 2012 GOP convention speech." Won't happen.

Today the federal reserve sets monetary policy. The Paultards may have strong opinions on the subject and Rick Perry may threaten bodily harm to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve if he wanders across the Texas border, but other than that ordinary people have no say in the daily business of these pointy headed bureaucrats.

Ben Bernanke was/is a guy with a PhD and decades of experience studying the Great Depression. His opinion mattered a hell of a lot more than Sarah Palin's during the Great Recession even given Sarah's complaints that QE2 was jacking up the price of slim jims (it wasn't). Ordinary people - like Salt of the Earth Sarah, do not have decades to invest in obtaining a PhD and studying the Great Depression just to debate the finer points of monetary policy.  You got too many other things going on - like surviving, feeding your family, etc.  This is a fact of modern life. 

With bureaucrats doing the day to day minutiae of making of our great republic work, folks become less invested in debating issues that they know very little about and have no impact in changing. Thus Presidential elections or elections in general draw less participation from the people.

GlennBeckism says that less democratic participation makes for an unhealthy democracy. So according to theory, you want  robust participation in the presidential election and its this robust participation that indicates that the people are invested in and are participating in the governance of the country. This all means we should go back to the good ol' days like, say, 1896, before the modernization of the administrative capabilities of the Republic.

So what makes Goldberg's observation so funny - people wanting to vote is bad, is that it refute one of the basic premises of his masterwork - Liberal Fascism. You either want people to want to vote or you don't. You can't do both at the same time.

But this really isn't surprising, because people make shit up all the time. Sometimes they tell you the truth, but not always. Sometimes they just make shit up.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Great Moments in AMERICAN Wingnuttery, a series....cntd.......

.......because American Wingnuts are Number 1. Go USA!

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe, who should be everyone's favorite right wing professor for his shear zaniness, takes to the wingnet in August 2009 to disclose acts of depravity so profound that decorum prohibits identifying them with any real specificity:
We should be grateful to Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Rahm Emanuel. For, in their audacity, they have done what their predecessors feared to do; and, in the process, they have made the tyrannical propensities inherent within the progressive impulse visible to anyone who cares to take notice. What Franklin Delano Roosevelt falsely charged in 1936 is visibly true today. “A small group” is intent on concentrating “into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor – other people’s lives.”
The only question is whether the Republicans have the wit to take full advantage of the opportunity that Barack Obama has handed them.
If only it were so!

We could have had them FEMA run camps and that secret Gestapo-like force and all the good stuff. But no, Obama had to be all centrist and normal instead.

Life is not fair.

LIVE from the wingnet: Fake Climate Denier rambles on about Global Warming, again (sigh)

Via Powerline Blog:
.... the climatistas insist on a policy of immediate carbon suppression only, and will not discuss any other approach, such as what has been called “technology first,” let alone geoengineering (which I probably oppose), and adaptation/resiliency/no regrets.
On the wingnet, the guys that don't wear the tinfoil hats 24 hours a day to prevent the NSA from reading their brain waves are starting to refer to themselves as "Climate Realists."  A so-called "Realist" still get his facts from the Ex-Tobacco Boys at Heartland, but unlike the tin foil hat crowd, they don't "like totally" dismiss "everything" as "a complete hoax."  Some of the "stuff" that "the scientists" say may be more or less "OK."

However the "Climate Realists" differentiate themselves from the 97% of Climate Scientists who support the consensus on AGW by their belief that climate change won't be "that bad" because (1) the USA is number 1, man, and (2) that since the USA is number 1, we'll probably figure out a way to adapt to rising temperatures unlike the losers living in Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan who could die in large numbers due to famine, disease, resource wars, etc and (3) in their opinion the temperature won't rise as high as the "Climatistas" and their "stupid climate models" are predicting because of "Realism" and "shit." There are no regrets though, man.

You can't win with these guys. You don't have a negotiating partner who can be counted on to act in good faith. Notice how the winger indicates that he would "probably oppose" any other approach to climate change while blaming the "climatistas" for not propose any other approaches to the problem.

And so it goes.

LIVE from the wingnet - wingnut says whaaat???????

Global Warming Conspiracy Theorist says that the other guys are the real conspiracy theorists. Take that!
The Democratic Party rests its case on “urban legends and conspiracy theories.” A homeless man in a bathrobe probably wouldn’t sink that low, but Politico says the Democrats think their strategy is starting to pay dividends.
 via Powerline Blog
Whenever these poor bastards start rambling on about bathrobes or showers, one should be vary cautious.

Just Saying.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Calhounite: They're the real Calhounites - not me!

There seems to be an almost unrestrained glee in certain parts of the wingnet these days arising from the newly found "Soul" of Hobby Lobby Case an the other supreme court decisions make the news last week.

It does not happen often, but Wingers get to be of "the right side of history."

Usually they are not.

Public Sanitation, eradicating diseases, squalor and other public nuisances were all won over the objections of wingers. How dare you tell a landlord that he can't force all his tenants to work 12 hours a day rolling tobacco for the privilege of living in his slum? Prohibiting Child Labor? NO. That's another Outrageous Outrage.

And so it went much of the century.

Modernizing the administrative capability of the government? NO. How about the 40 hour work week, Safe Working Conditions, minimum wage and overtime pay? NO. Civil rights Act, ending Jim Crow and ensuring voting rights? NO. Treating gay folks with decency? NO.

And on and on.

But today the wingers get to play role reversal. Just like they did when the Supreme Court "came up" with "a new constitution right" about gun owership, wingers get to be on the side of extending liberty - religious liberty (of corporations) over the objection of angry folks. "Look the libruhls are all angry about freedom?"  How fun.  And then it gives you the opportunity to compare your opponents to Pro-slavery strict constructionists like John C Calhoun: 
Another thing that strikes me about some on the left is the degree to which they have adopted John Calhoun’s approach to constitutional norms.  Calhoun would start with a favored policy outcome, constitutionalize it, and then ignore actual constitutional provisions and practice in pursuit of this goal.  That’s how he decided that every state could suspend federal tax collection at will within its borders.  This Calhounian approach led to Chief Justice Taney’s insane reading of Article IV section 3 so that Congress under the Constitution had less power (contrary to all precedent) to restrict slavery in US territories than did the congress under the Articles of Confederation.  You start with the understanding that Constitution protects slavery in the territories and you work your way back ignoring and inventing as you go.

... You start with an absolute right to an abortion (unlike the very circumscribed freedom of religion) and you work your way back ignoring and inventing. When maximizing the power of abortion advocates is the goal, the First Amendment disappears for some radical abortion activists just like Article IV section 3 disappeared for the intellectual heirs of John Calhoun.
Fun times.

But our NRO guy really missed his chance of working the Calhoun's slavery as a "positive good" doctrine into his blog post. It really wouldn't have been that hard write about "the left's" belief that "abortion" is a "positive good," wouldn't it?  Talk about missed opportunities. I mean how many times do wingers get linked intellectually to one of the fathers of conservatism, other than all the time. A picture of Calhoun was even on confederate money! They can't get rid of the guy.

So anyway, the moral of the story is that some corporations now have the opportunity to seek everlasting life in heaven while others are certain to endure the fiery depths of hell.

Right Wing Blogger "blows lid off" Global Warming Scam

LIVE from the Wingnet: Powerline Blog levels final "Death Blow" (again, sigh) to Global-Global Warming Conspiracy.
 I don’t have a high opinion of President Obama’s abilities, but he isn’t a complete idiot. So I assume he understands that his war on CO2, and his provision of billions of dollars in subsidies to “green” energy, won’t make any perceptible difference to the Earth’s climate, if you assume the alarmists’ models are correct. So why does he do it? I think there are two reasons.

First, the Left has made an enormous investment in promoting misinformation about global warming. You can’t get through elementary school in the U.S. without being hectored about your family’s carbon footprint. ...Those millions of misinformed people are now voters, and Obama is secure in the knowledge that the newspapers and television networks haven’t done anything to educate them.

Second, to the Obama administration, the fact that “green” energy cannot survive without government subsidies and mandates isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. It allows the Democrats to slide billions of dollars to their cronies, .... So the war on coal and other sources of CO2, while it can’t have any impact at all on the climate, has turned into a funding mechanism for the Democratic Party.
So the scientific panels from all countries around the world main motivation is to fund the Democratic Party through green energy subsidies?

Sounds about right.

When the l'Académie des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal endorsed the scientific consensus on global warming it was like "Hey some day this guy named Obama might get elected president of the USA. How about we, as scientists, endorse the consensus on AGW to maybe help out future president Obama's political party some day?" That's what probably happened.

But blogger Hinderaker is right about the middle school teachers of America. Teaching school children about the greenhouse theory wasn't a big deal 40 years ago. It was just science. Today its an essential feature of the global-global warming conspiracy. The wingers can't win. Everyone is against them.

And so it goes.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NRO: Conservatism should get Credit for 1964 Civil Rights Law

This is funny. On the fiftieth anniversary of the Law, an NRO guy is grabbing some of the credit for the law [paraphrasing]:
When it came to civil rights, we "stood athwart history yelling stop" but basically the pinheaded liberals used all our ideas in that abomination of a law. So.........Yeah Us!
Yes, indeed. One should also note that not only was the National Review was a vicious critic of MLK, it also condemned the Birmingham bombings because it "set back the cause of the white people there so dramatically," while speculating that it may have been done by "a crazed negro."

Its founder, William F Buckley, was a proponent of White "Superiority over the Negro" both in South Africa and the American South and for bonus fun he was also an outspoken opponent of voting rights for African Americans besides being an all around douche bag. 

But I digress.

Anyway happy 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, NRO. Heckuva Job Guys! Good to have you on board....finally.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Instapundit: Global Warming is a Hoax, maybe, because the "Sun" be doing things all the time

LIVE from The Wingnet: How can we say the Consensus on AGW is "settled" if scientists are still studying solar cycles?

If "the scientists" admit they don't know everything about "The Sun" how can you say that they understand greenhouse gas driven climate change. YOU CAN'T!  BOOM bitches.

It can be fun when Right Wing Professors mix right wing ideology of the moment with logic and "basically eff it all up," because you know if one of their students pulled "the same shit" in Law Class they'd issue a verbal "beat down" to put an end to that "weak-ass game."

Student: How can you say that the Police Department's evidence against OJ Simpson is solid, man, when the Fire Department still doesn't know what caused that building to burn down cross town. Take that, Professor Know it All. BOOM. This is me....dropping the mic.

Law Professor: And now the "beat down" will start....in three....two....one....

I think its the derangement syndrome that does it to them. And so it goes.

Instapundit: "Hippies responsible" for Demise of Indigenous Peoples - forget guns, germs and steel

First they give you granola and steal your drum circle chants. Then its "basically over."

We desparately need immaginary FEMA camps. We can hire hippies to run 'em. There has to be an abundance of Right Wing Professors that could use some quiet time. Think of it as a public service.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RINO Dirty Tricks afoot in Tennessee?

Probably not (though you never know).  RINOs are sneaky, but the Teahadist Senate Challenger in Tennessee does not seem to warrant much concern from Establishment.

Via the Wingnet via the Friends of Hamas:
Our friend Matthew Boyle of Breitbart has an enlightening article posted about the Republican establishment’s latest game to stay in power, and the losers in the game are the people of Tennessee...

The way the game works is that if you are Lamar Alexander, an establishment Republican Senator ...and are facing a tough challenge from limited government constitutional conservative state Rep. Joe Carr you recruit a third “spoiler” candidate to split the anti-Alexander vote and help you get reelected.

In this case, as Boyle points out in his article, the spoiler is Dr. George Flinn. Flinn is a perennial candidate in Tennessee who is best known for appearing in a video in a Superman costume.

... is [in] a quixotic run for senate in Tennessee, where he entered the GOP primary against incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander and state Rep. Joe Carr in the twilight hours leading up to the state’s filing deadline, with virtually no groundwork and no announcement....
The unusual circumstances and timing of Flinn’s entry into the race says Boyle, have convinced Tea Party activists in the Volunteer State that Flinn's candidacy is a setup--that he's a “spoiler candidate” helping out Alexander by splitting the conservative vote. Carr, they note, has been gaining steam in recent polls--and Alexander's moderate record leaves him vulnerable.
Well, that is how the game is played, but usually its because so many hard right wingers are splitting the vote that a RINO can waltz to victory with just 40% of the vote or so. 

But, unlike global warming, evolution and gravity there is no evidence that there is a conspiracy at play here with the The Hezbollah Junior League in France RINOs recruiting a candidate to spoil the tea party's (slim) chance at GLORY. It'd be fun if there were, though.

Keep looking Teahadists there is a good chance you'll find what you are looking for. They usually do.

Great Moments in American Wingnuttery - A Series.......

....because American Wingnuts are the best in the world. USA Number 1, Man.

Sensing a whooping, Mark Levin Fumes on the pages of the NRO back in October 2008 that the People have mysteriously been ensnared by Obamunism:
Obama’s appeal to the middle class is an appeal to the “the proletariat,” as an infamous philosopher once described it, about which a mythology has been created. Rather than pursue the American Dream, he insists that the American Dream has arbitrary limits, limits Obama would set for the rest of us — today it’s $250,000 for businesses and even less for individuals. If the individual dares to succeed beyond the limits set by Obama, he is punished for he’s now officially “rich.” The value of his physical and intellectual labor must be confiscated in greater amounts for the good of the proletariat (the middle class). And so it is that the middle class, the birth-child of capitalism, is both celebrated and enslaved — for its own good and the greater good. The “hope” Obama represents, therefore, is not hope at all. It is the misery of his utopianism imposed on the individual.
All this and I guess the people are just so fucking stupid that they didn't realize that they were "Slaves" and re-elected President Obama to a second term.....easily.....in part because Levin's Team was scared shitless of how crazy its own voters had become......due in part to listening to people like Levin. Heckuva Job Brownie.

It has got to suck to be suffering from the derangement syndrome and not even know it. But that's the thing with the derangement syndrome. You can't tell if you got it because you don't have it. But once you get it, you can't tell you have it because you've already got it  -  just like this poor bastard Mark Levin.

It as obvious he "had it" when you consider his book entitled "Liberty and Tyranny [and Wingnuttery]: a Conservative Manifesto" which subsequently became the poster child for the phrase “epistemic closure” i.e., ideological intolerance and misinformation and also a forebear to Unskewed Polls and the Coming Romney Landslide, the certain collapse of Obamacare in a "death spiral" and the very end of freedom.

You see with the derangement syndrome, the apocalypse is always right around the corner, or the next corner, or the next corner, or the next corner, etc.....

Anyway American Wingnuts are Number 1!

Adventures in wingnutology, cntd

The Party of (NO) Ideas is stuck in The Fever Swamp:
there’s another reason that Republicans are focusing so intently on the idea that Obama is a tyrant: Their last overarching critique about this administration, that it is scandal-tainted and fundamentally corrupt, hasn’t been able to cross over into the mainstream.
Every time they think they’ve caught the administration in something that will lead to Obama’s impeachment, the investigation turns up less than they’d hoped for. Obama wasn’t brought down by Solyndra, or Fast and Furious, or the IRS (though they’re still trying on that one), or even by Benghazi.
Although the GOP base knows in its heart that Obama is corrupt, Republicans haven’t been able to convince the country of that. So the idea that he’s a tyrant offers a new opportunity to put every particular objection into a larger framework. Because the argument is about process and not substance, they can make the claim even on issues where they’re on the wrong side of public opinion, like the minimum wage or climate change. And it allows them to feed their base’s anger, convincing tea partyers that they’re all focused on the same thing.

... what’s becoming clear is that this idea, which used to circulate mostly on the conservative fringes, is taking a central place in Republican rhetoric and strategy. They might not stop talking about it until the next president gets sworn in.
Corruption has been a constant critique by wingers. Michele Malkin published a book just 6 months into the Obamunist Tyranny declaring it the most corrupt in history. To get the book written this quickly, she probably had to start writing it before President Obama was sworn in as President. Details.

But such is the problem with wingers. They are consumed by anger, confusion and loss -why can't the good ol' days that never really happened return?  And the RINOs instead of telling them to pipe down a bit and stop acting like total assholes all the time, instead tell them "Goddammit you're right to feel that way. Raise even more hell about it." So outrage gives birth to greater outrage to the point where some fear "Rage confusion" - with so much to chose from, folks may not know just what they are supposed to be outraged about.  Whatever it is - it's bad, nay, the worst ever.

And so it goes.

It is becoming increasingly clear that if elected, President Hillary will have a mandate to open those FEMA run anti-Obama dissident camps.

Until that day......Free at last.

Wingnet: Deaths of three Israeli teens "basically Obama's Fault"

Yes - Everything is Obama's Fault. If a sparrow falls from the sky in some remote part of the empire, it, inevitably can be traced to something President Obama did or didn't do. 

Dispatches From the Wingnut-o-sphere - Live from Legal insurrection Blog:
What will be America’s reaction to the killing of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers?
We already know Obama’s reaction: the mouthing of platitudes, urging restraint, and a plea for both sides to work together to find the perpetrators. Yes, you heard that right...Now that Obama has mouthed some “concern” he will probably move on. Israel will almost certainly retaliate against Hamas in some way, although it’s hard to see what good that will do, especially now that under Obama the US appears to have joined the nations of the world who wink at Palestinian terrorism.
If only Obama was like a super badass dictator and could force people to love one another, stop bitterly clinging to religion, guns and ancient folks ways and mandate that they all sing kumbya in unison or bomb them until they do. Unfortunately, sigh, the world does not work that way.

But on the other hand we do have a domestic drone program so......... maybe.....at home......something......possibly could be.......perhaps done.

Speaking of the Domestic Drone conspiracy, there simply is no shortage of bullshit on the wingnet. Over at LegalInsurrection Blog you have Right Wing Professor(s) who hype Unskewed Polls-style conspiracy theory whereby the Media is engaged in something called "Operation Demoralize."
This insidious Operation seeks to keep wingers demoralized by reporting facts that wingers find troubling. If one's delicate feelings are bruised, he may stay home instead of voting for future President Romney.Click the link and the Google will show you all the various misguided souls who bought into this bullshit.

I mean, it would be nice if there was an Operation Demoralization and in a perfect world maybe there would be one, but life is not fair. Is it fair that Herman Cain was uncertain whether or not China had nuclear weapons? Hint: the 1960s called and want their headlines back. So this is not the media's fault and fairness has nothing to do with it. But it is all a good time on the wingnet.

And so it goes. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Deep Thoughts with Powerline Blog, cntd

They go nutpicking and find outrage about Hobby Lobby's newly found immortal soul:
Somehow, we conservatives have to figure out better ways of appealing to the impenetrably stupid. It isn’t going to be easy.
Try reading the Comment Section at the NRO or perhaps read your own blog. Plenty of good stuff there.

Some post write themselves. Just saying.

Dispatches from the Conservagentsia, cntd

More lectures. Louder Voice. Speaking Slowly, of course.
Today’s Tea Party insurgents face a challenge similar to that of the insurgent conservatives of the 1960s.  The core of the Tea Party is made up of that fraction of the electorate that identifies itself as authentically conservative.  Th[ese] Tea Partiers consume and get much of their vocabulary from right-leaning media.  The problem is that most Americans do not consume this media.  Reaching Americans who do not consume right-leaning media is the Tea Party’s next challenge.  That means finding the common ground between Tea Partiers and populations of persuadable voters outside the Republican base, and then investing time and effort in communicating with them.  That is what Reagan and the insurgent conservatives of the 1960s and 1970s did.
Of course the Southern Strategy that kicked off the mission to consolidate the conservative vote within the GOP focused on making the GOP into the "White Peoples' Party." Whereas the GOP had been quite traditionally the party of Old-Stock Mayflower Crossing Real Americans, Protestants, Insufferable Yankees, Unionists and the sort, the new GOP would be the party of all white americans. It would add the upstart immigrants with funny sounding last names that ended in 'ski' or whatever, the catholics and, most importantly Southerners. Race was how you got the job done. And the rest is history.

So is there a similar opportunity for today's teahadists - a large untapped reservoir of conservatism longing for that good ol' time religion just waiting for the call?

Some think so:
The moderate Republicans of the early 1960s liked to tell conservatives that the Republican right was out of touch with rapidly changing modern America and had to let the party’s moderates steer the party.  That is basically what the party establishment is telling insurgent conservatives today.  America is changing and conservatives haven’t (and can’t) figure it out.  Leave the thinking to K Street and the Barbour machine.  The conservatives of the 1960s proved that they were the ones who better understood the country and its people.  If today’s insurgent conservatives are really mad at the Barbours, the challenge is to listen to Americans outside the conservative base and convince those Americans that conservatives have the answers to today’s problems.  That would be the best revenge.  
Now if there are just some more Southern States to add to the mix like they did last time, the Teahadist may work themselves into Permanent Winger Majority - Tax Cuts for Rich Folks, Deregulation of Dangerous and Greedy Industries and Reagan for all!

The Problem is simple - not only have they've run out of Southern States to add to The Base, but one of 'em has turned blue (VA), another at risk of turning blue (FL) under a demographic wind and another one is purple (NC).

So for now all this means is more lectures on why you, too, should be whatever is being passed off as "conservative."

COURT: Corporation's are People and "Some of 'em have Souls"

Today the wingnet is buzzing with the stunning news from the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling that certain closely held corporation's have rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

While the wingnet celebrates a much needed glorious victory after being denied one in Mississippi last week, they are missing half of the story.

Essentially this ruling is a double edge sword -  Yes it makes it possible for some Corporations to gain eternal salvation in Heaven but it also makes it possible, unfortunately, for other corporations to burn in HELL forever.

And so it goes.

But really this is not too big of a deal. I know that there are folks out there who are wondering how could the court rule this way, when, I mean James Madison who wrote the constitution would be dumbstruck at the notion of Corporations having the same rights as people.
Madison: WTF? We never meant for shit like this to happen.
Scalia: It does not matter. You're dead.
Madison: But what about the "timeless wisdom of the framers" and "original intent" that you guys talk about all the time. And how did so many Papists and Israelites get on the Supreme Court? The next thing you'll tell me is that a Mohammedan is President.
Scalia: The law means whatever I say it means - nothing more nothing less. But look on the Bright side, you still get to be right about half the time. And yes about the President."
And Scalia is right - mostly.  Courts make up new law all the time. Always have. Always will.

Wingnet Call to Action: "Vengeance for Mississippi" "Onward to Bleeding Kansas"

You go to war with the Tea Party (losers) that you have - not the one you may wish to have some day.
Call to Action: "Kansas is the battlefield. Remember Mississippi" 
The Mississippi Senate Runoff election was viewed by the media as the last, best chance for a Tea Party inspired Republican primary challenger to unseat a Republican incumbent in a primary.

But there remains the Kansas primary in which Dr. Milton Wolf is challenging Pat Roberts on August 5.

Legal Insurrection supports Dr. Wolf as the type of inspirational next generation of conservative Republican we need to lead us, not merely go along to get along.

Can Dr. Wolf pull off the upset? The two races, several weeks out from the primary, appear to have similarities: An incumbent Senator who’s been in Washington, D.C., for over forty years, a seemingly unbreachable power machine with money to burn and years of experience winning, and all the makings of yet another Tea Party vs. Establishment showdown.

On the surface, Dr. Wolf would seem to have a difficult climb.
A difficult Climb?

Yes probably, so.  In many ways he appears to be a bigger douche than the McDaniel. And that's a problem -  apparently a systematic problem as a high percentage of Teahadist primary challengers tend to turn out to be major league losers.

McDaniel had the hamburglar breaking into nursing homes and poll watchers. Hurray! Wolf makes fun of folks who have died gruesome deaths alongside autopsy photos posted on the internet. Inspiration! Character! Leadership!

Since Teahadism is mainly a protest movement - part counter revolution to the civil rights revolutions of the 1960s and part backlash to the modernization/administrative growth of the government, it is going to attract cranks, users, cheaters, six-time losers and opportunists.

At best you get people like a Rubio who was able to pretend to be a Tea Party guy and ride the wave to jump the corporate ladder several rungs. It made sense. He got to the Senate 10-15 years earlier than following the traditional route of backstabbing and sucking up. You also get shameless performance artists like Ted Cruz who may not believe anything other than in Ted Cruz but is willing to say anything people want to hear.  These are the winners.

But then you get the losers too.  And it is these vary losers that carry you banner forth to battle.....for people to laugh at and to mock and for RINOs to stab in the back.


And so it goes.