Thursday, May 28, 2015

Powerline Bloggers H8 Science, Scientists and its not really their fault......

The proxy war against Climate Science continues.  Sigh. This is so predictable if not terribly sad.
Pretty clearly there’s a theme emerging here: the academic-scientific complex is as corrupt as a FIFA World Cup meeting. This is ought to be regarded as a crisis, but as Horton comments, “nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system.” (In fact, this sounds a lot like FIFA.)
Oh, and “endemicity”? No, I don’t think I want that to catch on.  Lamosity was enough of a stretch.
Via Powerline Blog
There is a law of the wingnet at play here. First a few basics about "Science" and the "world" and stuff like that.

If a "Scientist" publishes some "study" that later turns out to be "stupid," other scientists will eventually line up to point this fact out. As a matter of fact, the other "scientists" will want to be the "first" scientist to "discover" this fact and tell everyone about it. This is how "things" work in the world.

So if indeed the wingnuts are right and we hope that they are right about something (finally) and climate science turns out to be all "bogus" and everyone is safe from global warming, real "scientists" (i.e., not tobacco scientists - sorry Heartland Institute) will line up to point this out.

In fact Foxnews will probably pay some of these other "scientists" a million dollar per year to routinely appear on Foxnews and explain this to the world.  In this event, numerous "Scientists" would willingly turn in their lab-coats for a sports-coat in order to sit on a couch next to a Foxnews Blonde or an "Infobabe" as Rush Limbaugh calls them and tell the world about his major "discovery."  Being the first one to "discover" something is often thought of as desirable. This is how "things" work in the world or at least on "The Big Bang Theory."

In the wingnet, whenever some "research" is shown to be really "lame," wingers use this opportunity to cast doubt on all research. This, is the law of the wingnet at play here. It is an ancient law with its origins predating the first AM Radio rant.

Here is Pat Buchanan applying this "law of the wingnet" to both "evolution" and "climate change:"
 With publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, the hunt was on for the “missing link.” ...In 1912, success! In a gravel pit near Piltdown in East Sussex, there was found the cranium of a man with the jaw of an ape.
“Darwin Theory Proved True,” ran the banner headline. Evolution skeptics were pilloried...It wasn’t until 1953, after generations of biology students had been taught about Piltdown Man, that closer inspection discovered that the cranium belonged to a medieval Englishman ...the jaw belonged to an orangutan... The scientific discovery of the century became the hoax of the century. But Piltdown Man was not alone. There was Nebraska Man.
... if Piltdown Man and his American cousin Nebraska Man were the hoaxes of the 20th century, global warming is the great hoax of the 21st....
If you are winger you are "bound" by this law. And because there was once a missing link hoax, you can use this to discredit other things that you don't like. This is how the law works and you have to follow it.  Buchanan and Hayward - The Powerline Blogger - as right wingers are bound by this law much in the way that they are bound by the law of gravity.  The wingnet operates on laws, after all, and being a winger makes one subject to the laws of the wingnet.

A related law of the wingnet holds that information that contradicts ideology is what is called  "a lie"  So if flows naturally that "research" that seems to verify the theory of evolution or anthropogenic global warming, wingers would feel compelled to attack this "research" as "false" or in Hayward's case "fraudulent." "Some other study turned out to be basically bullshit, so these other studies are probably bullshit, too" the arguments go.  These laws work together. Its just how things are.

Its sad. Its predicable. But being creatures of the wingnet who are subject to the law, they simply cannot help themselves. Absent FEMA-run camps, we cannot help them either.

UPDATE: After 4 months. 2015 is on the way to being the hottest year on record. Some conspiracy is likely to blame.

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POLL: GOP Primary basically a "Last Man Standing Barbed Wire Cage Match"

A new Quinipiac Poll shows a five -way free for all with Fmr Florida Gov. "Bush", (Crazy) Ben Carson, fmr Arkansas Gov. Mike (Huck) Huckabee, U.S. Sen. (Young) Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (the Wisconsin Wuss) all sharing the top spot with 10 percent each.

Vying for the last 5 spots in the cage match (i.e., the GOP debate) are Paul II at 7%, The Senator from Canada  (Tailgunner) Ted Cruz at 6%, Trump at 5%, Christie at 4% with Fiorina and Kasich each at 2%. Notably 20% remain uncommitted in the poll.

The top 5 hold 50% of the vote meaning that the other 50% is up for grabs!  Basically when you look at the cross tabs you see some of what is going to happen next.

Huck leads with self identified "Evangelicals" by 7 points over second place Tailgunner Ted. Quite obviously, Huck needs pull out the bible (even more) and consolidate this vote.  The Tailgunner will need to fight off Huck but, at the same time, he leads among self-identified Teahadists. So naturally he'll need to defend this ground. If you like watching the Tailgunner use the cray-cray, you are in for a treat. 

Bush and Rubio appear to be tied among the so-called Moderate and Liberal primary voters. This presents a particular problem for Bush because if he goes "hunting where the ducks are" he'll likely lose some of his "base" to more rational sounding candidates.  So, my guess is that he stay where he's at.

In all told, other than strategic opportunities to "target market" a particular demographic it looks like a long hard slog ahead with gains only coming as the field gets ground down.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

So it all just kinda happens like this

Not since the dark days of the Great Light Bulb Jihad, way back in the period of our nation's history known as 2010-2011, has American freedom been more under assault than it is today. Today young folks don't remember those struggles and all attendant the strife. Others have simply forgotten having been overtaken by new outrages while still others have simply forced themselves to move on - saddened and resigned. Tragic loss has that effect. 

If you recall that tragic event -  The light bulb Jihad. It was triggered by an Obamunist dictate enacted (somehow) during the Bush Administration modernizing light bulb efficiency standards. Predictably enraged wingers pledged a holy struggle against the tide of history vowing never to use one of the new energy saving devices. "I'll be damned to the darkness before I use Obamabulb," the wingnet howled. "Freedom ain't Free," raged others.  But despite the valiant efforts from patriots and Right Wing Congressman introducing Personal Liberty laws, Light Bulb Freedom died a painful death.  And the only thing the wingnet could do was to watch in horror. 

But as tragic as joining the 21st century was/is to right wingers, today's news is more ominous. There is a new Obamunist Decree in the works.  Based on "some law" about "clean water" that's probably "stupid," the EPA is broadening the definition of bodies of water that are subject to the Clean Water Act.

EPA head Gina McCarthy explained the Maddening Obamunist Decree like this:
“We’re finalizing a clean water rule to protect the streams and the wetlands that one in three Americans rely on for drinking water. And we’re doing that without creating any new permitting requirements and maintaining all previous exemptions and exclusions." Emphasizing that Decree is meant to be user friendly  she added “[t]his rule is about clarification, and in fact, we’re adding exclusions for features like artificial lakes and ponds, water-filled depressions from constructions and grass swales.... This rule will make it easier to identify protected waters and will make those protections consistent with the law as well as the latest peer-reviewed science. This rule is based on science.”
Noting that the Decree will be based on "Science" which is probably just made up mumbo-jumbo, an angry John Boehner shot back:
“The administration’s decree to unilaterally expand federal authority is a raw and tyrannical power grab that will crush jobs,” ...
“These leaders know firsthand that the rule is being shoved down the throats of hardworking people with no input, and places landowners, small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers on the road to a regulatory and economic hell.
Naturally right wing congressmen are planning a new series of personal liberty laws aimed at not "Light Bulb Freedom" this time but rather at "Polluter Freedom" and "Pollution Freedom." One right winger puts it like this "I'll be damned if the local fishin' hole is safe to swim and fish in because of some government mandate. That's not the type of Freedom I want my children growin' up with."

Its hard to take these guys serious anymore. Everything provokes an outrage. And its not just disapproval with President Obama. Whatever it is that he's done, it is surely the greatest calamity ever.  According to Boehner, Obama will destroy the economy but then the opposite happens. Next time its Obamacare that will destroy the economy but it doesn't either.  Actually its covering more folks and costing less than projected.  Something called "Solyndra" will happen and be the worst thing ever. But people don't remember what a "Solyndra" is or why it is supposed to scare them. In fact while "Solyndra" failed, the Green Energy Stimulus program as a whole actually turned a profit meaning that it did the opposite of what right wingers were shrieking about back in the day. The list goes on.

And so it goes.  And yes Obamabulb was a term used by the same lunatic fringe that Speaker Boehner cowers in fear from.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Deranged Obama hater finds "freedom" at the NRO

According to Victor Davis Hanson, the NRO has never said "no" to any of his blog posts. Never in a million years would anyone ever guessed this.
In over 13 years, I have never had a column spiked, though often on issues such as war, peace, immigration, or the particular Republican nominees vying for the presidency my views were not necessarily those of either the editorial staff or fellow conservative writers. In other words, a wide conservative spectrum — paleo-conservatives, neo-conservatives, tea-party enthusiasts, the deeply religious and the agnostic, both libertarians and social conservatives, free-marketeers and the more protectionist — characterizes National Review. The common requisite is that they present their views as a critique of prevailing liberal orthodoxy but do so analytically and with decency and respect.
I know this is a surprise, but as it turns out, if you are an Obama Hater, the NRO is a great place to write at.  They give you all sorts of freedom and shit.

Wingnet: Some study about Gay Marriage mean Climate Science likely "bullshit," too

The wingers are all worked up about a recent study regarding same-sex marriage. Sigh.
Last week, their finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.
On Tuesday, Dr. Green asked the journal to retract the study because of Mr. LaCour’s failure to produce his original data. Mr. LaCour declined to be interviewed, but has said in statements that he stands by the findings.
The case has shaken not only the community of political scientists but also public trust in the way the scientific establishment vets new findings. It raises broad questions about the rigor of rules that guide a leading academic’s oversight of a graduate student’s research and of the peer review conducted of that research by Science.
New, previously unreported details have emerged that suggest serious lapses in the supervision of Mr. LaCour’s work. For example, Dr. Green said he had never asked Mr. LaCour to detail who was funding their research, and Mr. LaCour’s lawyer has told Science that Mr. LaCour did not pay participants in the study the fees he had claimed.
If only this guy had been secretly working for a coal company instead, the wingnet would be very supportive. But noooo.

Basically the complaint goes like this: if a study published by "researchers" about "some topic" like gay marriage is shown to be questionable, then isn't this research an indictment on all research in general? And if this is an indictment against all research and science depends upon "research," doesn't this really mean that so-called climate science is bullshit, too?

The answer is Yes, according to the tinfoil hat brigade at Powerline Blog and The NRO. Its like they've been saying all along. Studies about "rape" are bullshit. Studies showing that gay folks are can do stuff just like everyone else are suspect. Studies about climate science are fabricated.

The downside to the wingnet's glee is that any meme that further reinforces the desire to go all "antiscience" will ultimately backfire. The market for moon-landing fist-pounding sputtering vituperative reaction can only get you so far. I mean its good in a GOP primary when you are trying to be the most hardcore winger in the room. Pound the table all the more in that setting. But that's the limit of its usefulness.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Glennbeckite Eulogizes Colleague

I've always suspected that the most devoted practitioners of Glennbeckism, if given the chance, would piss on Woodrow Wilson's grave. This would have to be done figuratively- since Woodrow is entombed in a church, and Glennbeckites mostly being Christians and Mormons likely would feel kinda restrained in a church. But you get the drift: Glennbeckites hate Woodrow with white-hot intensity.

Maybe its the 8-hour work day or throwing down the ban hammer on child labor that saddens them. Maybe its that Woodrow was smarter than 99.999% than today's right wingers - making him an elitist know-it-all. Because if there is one thing right wingers hate and there are many things, its a know-it-all. Maybe its because Woodrow was Political Scientist who wrote books about American government that everyone had to pretend to have read to seem smart.  Today's wingers dislike political scientists - almost as much as climate scientists. So there is that. There are lots of reasons, no doubt.

The animosity toward Woodrow is so clinical that it's always in the room like this one time Jonathan Chait declined to take a $500 bet from a NRO-bot:
    I don't have $500 to throw around on the legal defense fund for people charged with vandalizing Woodrow Wilson's grave, or whatever his favorite charity is...
So this Glennbeckian impulse is always there - unreconstructed and raw. And now it has been confirmed by Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe as he writes this about a fellow traveler:
First and foremost, Tom Buckley was a diplomatic historian—interested in the play of interests, passions, and personalities that eventuates in war and in peace. His teaching was not, however, limited to his field of expertise. For a considerable period of time, he taught the history of the Far East, and throughout his career he not only taught the full gamut of American history; he reveled in it. Nor was Tom apt to let narrow disciplinary concerns get in his way. When he was not in class, he was in his office; and if he was alone and did not have papers to grade, he was reading a book—and not necessarily a book in his field.

When he read through the pages published in his honor, if he felt even the slightest tinge of regret, it would have been due to the fact that, none of his academic offspring saw fit to take on Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, and William Jefferson Clinton, American presidents for whom he long entertained a hearty dislike. Whenever he went to Washington, DC, Tom stopped by the Washington cathedral to give Wilson’s tomb the kick that he thought it deserved.
And there you go. 

One of the key features of modern conservatism, other than Anti-modernism, its dependence on the ever  pending collapse of western civilization, its dependence on the conservatism of the old confederacy, its fusion with white populism, its susceptibility to con-men and conspiracy theory, etc., is that in many ways movement conservatism is a counter-revolutionary force - committed to fighting old battles. For some, the 1960s are still a battleground, for others it’s the 1920s and 30s or its the 1900s. If you follow Ron Paul it is 1861.  But 1912 has a special significance as an intellectual error that, if corrected, can lead the country back to the good old days (that only exist in the imagination of the ideologue).

Glennbeckism, i.e., that 1912 forms the basis for history's great error can be demonstrated with a simple algebraic equation.
     (Teddy Roosevelt + Woodrow Wilson) x Progressivism - Calvin Coolidge = Hitler
For the practitioners of Glennbeckism, history's great error occurs in 1912 with the election of Woodrow Wilson and the subsequent creation of the administrative state. That the administrative state was not created by Wilson and that each president after Wilson (and some before him) defended and bolstered administrative functions of government does not matter. That the American people preferred an organized response to public safety issues such as fighting disease, ensuring a safe food supply, maintaining safe drinking water, etc., also is of little import.  That, as every good Neocon knows, if you don't have a modern nation state but the neighboring country does, you are doomed does not matter.  Everything stems from Wilson.

Particularly ironic is the fact that as a organized conservative political party in need of modernization, it is desperately in need of its own Woodrow Wilson to lead it boldly into the current century. The last thing it needs is to be lead by (yet another) yahoo standing athwart history yelling BACKWARDS.

And so it goes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wingnut hits on another conspiracy theory

Via Instapundit co-blogger:
... it’s the LIVs [low information voters] who fail to realize they are being brainwashed by mainstream media “journalists” and Marxist professors who keep this “us against them” tactic alive.  Conservatives need to increase their ranks in the media and the academy, or none of this can change.  If the Koch brothers or other wealthy libertarian/conservatives really wanted to help change things, they would start endowing some U.S. civic and history programs at the secondary school level, funding academic positions in universities for those who possess libertarian/conservative views, and buying major newspapers (and ensuring that its editorial board was not leftist).  These investments would buy more bang for the buck than all the white papers in the world.
One of the laws of the wingnets holds that whenever the lunatic fringe tries to understand why more of their fellow citizens are not turned on by wingnut mythology, the reason, invariably, is because people live in a state of ignorance. If only these people - referred to as "low information voters" would "wake up" and learn "the truth," about whatever disaster that the lunatic fringe is screaming about at the moment, the low information voters would decide to become good conservatives saving America from .....whatever.  The answer is never "we scare the shit out of people and need to stop doing that" or "we need to tailor our policies to the needs of a larger cross-section of the public." Nah.

This is a law for wingers. And, basically, if you are a winger if you violate this law you can be banned or "Frummed." As result when wingers discuss what is to be done about the looming disaster of the moment and how they can attract more voters, the answer ALWAYS is that more and better lectures on the glories of conservatism are all that is needed.

The problem with this approach is obvious.  Since these so-called low information voters (i.e., people with jobs, families and lives) don't seem to care about whatever the AM radio or the foxnews or the wingnet is shrieking about at a given moment, these lectures always fail to yield the desired results.  The process is then repeated after the next failure.

As I said these are laws.

Ironically according to the wingnet, low information voters are always just one step away from "getting it" much in the manner that Marx laid out in his manifestos back in the day. We could call it achieving "Cultural Consciousness" instead of "class consciousness."  Wingers are constantly pining for the moment - and its coming - when all the people suddenly rise up in peaceful revolution realizing that their true interests lie completely in Tax Cuts, Deregulation and whatever Michele Bachmann says the Constitution stands for and absolutely nothing else.

Some wingers like the co-blogger at Instapundit, advocate doing all that can be done to speed up the arrival of "Cultural Consciousness" and to roll back the shadowy conspiratorial forces brainwashing the masses and preventing the glorious day from arriving.  Sigh.  Not surprisingly, the commies had this debate back in the day too. Of course it didn't work for them back then either.

So that's kinda more than a little ironic. But as I've said before its a law and there is nothing you can do about it. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

One of the Ironies of the Tea Party Era

States controlled by the GOP are increasing banning local control:
 “In the past five years, roughly a dozen states have enacted laws barring local governments from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The number of states banning local minimum wages has grown to 15. And while oil-rich states such as Texas and Oklahoma are pursuing bills banning local restrictions on drilling, other states where agriculture is big business have been banning local limitations on the types of seeds sown for crops.”
One of the best examples is Tennessee where one Party rule has gone a "guns everywhere" kick enacting "bring your gun to work day" laws and banning community ordinances that prohibits guns in parks.

One of the more crazy examples of Teahadist over-reach occurred after the city of Memphis voted to rename some local parks that had been named after confederate leaders and a founder of the Ku Klux Klan.  This outrage prompted the State GOP to pass (with GOP governor signing into law) the so-called Tennessee Heritage Protection Act to make it more difficult for shit like this to happen in the future.  Which means in practice means that it may be illegal for city-folk to rename parks, monuments, roads, bridges, etc., named after white supremacists, losers and the sort.

So far as local control goes, these GOP controlled states are demonstrating (yet again) that the Tea Party Protest Movement was always built on a foundation of bullshit. 

And so it goes.

Poll: Huck' a' beatdown going down in Georgia

One of the more if not the most backwards state republican parties in the nation resides in Georgia. Georgia is continually at war with Texas for that distinction much in the same way that the trenches moved back and forth on the western front during in WWI - both sides gaining but little ground with the latest offensive only to see those modest gains reversed with the resulting counter-offensive.

So it goes with the race to crazy. Neither Georgia or Texas stays in the front for very long before the other state republican party pulls some "bullshit move" and regains its place as the most bad party in the nation.  Currently Texas is out front with the GOP Governor's response to the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy. But as noted above things change and the lead could change again as Tailgunner Ted Cruz hit Georgia over the weekend to do whatever the opposite of "chillin" is with delegates at the Georgia Republican Convention. There is no tell what kinda shit hit the fan over the weekend but I am sure it was crazy.

Anyway, speaking of Georgia, the GOP clown car primary polling has rolled into that state and it shows Good ol' Huck out in front of the pack. As a matter of fact, Huck is issuing an old fashioned beatdown on the losers in his rear view mirror.

Go Huck!
18.3% - Good ol' Huck
15.6% - Undecided
15.4% - Crazy Ben
12.6% - The Wisconsin Wuss
10.1% - Bush III
  9.6% - Young Marco
  9.3% - Tailgunner Ted
  4.0% - Paul II
 >3.0% - Fiorina, Christie, Santo
Of course the field is not set yet with more "hopefuls" yet to announce. And along with the news that the GOP is trying to limit the number of clowns fitting in the car to 12 candidates on the debate stage at once, we are sure to see more things shaking out.

But so far so good for Huck! Of course the attack ads have yet to start and voters in Georgia likely don't know that Huck is a actually a Communist.You have to love the sweethearts at the club for growth.  So there is that. And there is always the crazy.

Jonathan Chait is a mean SOB, cntd

Now this is just mean and insensitive and bound to tear down Marco Rubio's self-esteem:
The interesting thing about Marco Rubio’s emerging foreign-policy profile is not his commitment to mindlessly bellicose neoconservatism. (This remains Republican doctrine, and Rubio has a keen eye for locating the most popular stance within his party.) Rather, the interesting thing is that Rubio sees no need to hide his bellicosity behind feigned sophistication. He is a loud and proud neanderthal, appealing to the most primitive, fearful elements of the conservative brain, or brain-stem.
Here Chait violates the Maher Rule which holds that "Not all Republicans are racists, however all racists are likely republicans" in describing the "primitive" and "fearful" "conservative brain." Applying the Maher rule we find that not all conservatives are phobic ninnies however people inflicted with phobic delusions of the sort that Rubo is scamming on are likely "conservatives." 

This is how the game is played. Rubio knows that the people that are scared shitless about this or that will be attracted to the conservative party. In this case that is the GOP. Bi-coastal Elitist College Professors and their "research" tell us this.

So it may be that Rubio's just out whipping up the "rubes" like a carnival barker. In this case Rubio is not stupid and he's not a "mindlessly" bellicose "neanderthal. But rather, he could just be a soulless politician with overtones of venality who is preying on the weak. Or another way to put it is that he's just involved in "target marketing."

Chait knows that this is a possibility but instead he lazily and insensitively turns Rubio into a one dimensional shallow shrieking ninnie, a buffoon and a very unserious person. All and all this is just a mean thing to write about young Marco. The internets sure can be mean.

The wingnuts are really piling on George Stephanopoulos

One of the laws of the wingnet is that the inmates living there hate the talking heads on the TV news.  The reason, really, is simple. Talking Heads convey facts to the public in an authoritative manner which on occasion conflict with official ideology. As everyone knows facts that contradict ideology become heresy and the purveyors of such fact become "heretics." Thus TV news talking heads present a dilemma since while generally respected by the public every one of  them will commit heresy at some point in their careers. What is to be done?

So it is unsurprising that whenever they get a chance to take a scalp of a TV news guy, the unreconstructed right will go in for the kill. 

And so to it is with George Stephanopoulos.  The wingnet is full of rage and indignation following the disclosure that Stephanopoulos made undisclosed charitable donations to fight AIDS is Africa. They want him gone. The nutters from the NRO-bots at The Corner to the Tinfoil Hat Brigade at Powerline Blog are simply OUTRAGED (again, sigh). And while this may not seem to make much sense, the rationale is quite simple (sigh).

Its not so much that George made a charitable donation - because as everyone knows money is speech and speech must be protected at all cost, its that taking him down before he can go "Candy Crowely" and shit "feels so good." Its kinda like the "Bush Doctrine" of preventative war. You fight 'em over there so you don't have to fight 'em over here. In other words its just another day on the wingnet.  Stephanopoulos is the bright shiny object of the moment. And that's how the wingnet rolls.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NRO-bot slowing realizing that he may be "a cafeteria catholic"

Poor Bastard. The world can be a very confusing place outside the bubble:
I like Pope Francis very much, because I think he is making some much-needed changes in Catholicism’s approach to various issues. My admiration goes to such an extent that I have not held it against him when he has very loudly expressed opinions I’m pretty sure are wrong – climate-change alarmism, praise of socialist economics, etc., etc. Heck, I even was willing to give his Obama/Francis opening to Cuba a chance: Who knows, perhaps it will help liberalize that regime. But at some point, my patience does get rather sorely tried. Today comes news that the pope has recognized the State of Palestine – an action that I believe will only encourage the Palestinians in their habitual rejectionism and their unwillingness to negotiate in good faith toward a two-state solution.
Apparently it can be hard to reconcile a fervent belief in right wing economics and a reactionary ideology with the "golden words" of the new Pope.

I suppose it will take time. Sigh.  Society has "indulged" these right wingers and their nutty ideology for so long that it is not surprising that they are having a hard time "coping" with the real world.  They'll adjust ....eventually ....probably ....because otherwise, one wouldn't want to appear before Saint Peter and have to explain why he spend his time on God's creation heckling the new Pope's holy works.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Deep Thoughts with Powerline Blog, cntd

Wingnut Blogger Scott Johnson, I think, is trying to win the 2015 Golden Wingnut Award with a perfect example of the affects of the Derangement Syndrome in old age:
One of President Obama’s core objectives is the humiliation of the United States. Thus his bows to the Saudi king and the Japanese emperor in the first year of his administration. Obama’s bows gave expressive form to the diminished role Obama has crafted for the United States on the world stage. Obama’s spokesmen threw in a healthy dollop of lying about it for domestic consumption thrown in for good measure. And, as Antonio observes in The Tempest, what’s past is prologue.... The prospect of the Iran deal isn’t exactly cloudy per se. There is no abasement Obama will not perform in order to give the Islamic Republic of Iran what it wants to seal a deal. Obama won’t rest until he can kiss the hand of the Supreme Leader in Tehran.
The poor bastard's mind is so addled with the derangement syndrome that there's probably nothing that can be done for him.

While I applaud President Obama for all he has done, I do condemn him for not doing more of it. I don't pretend to know what more he should have done, but I am pretty sure that it is something that could be really cool.

For instance, perhaps a pixel-tax on right wing blogs administered by jack-booted IRS goons. That sure seems possible to me. Or better yet, a regime of pixel rationing could have been instituted by - not an executive order but by an actual DECREE.

With rationing, all the wingers would have to fight to see who got to use the day's allotment of pixels to shriek about Tyranny and royal decrees and shit like that. But a pixel tax would be good too. The proceeds of the pixel tax could go into health insurance subsidies or something good for the American people.

But politics is the art of the possible and I guess the things that Obama has accomplished outweigh the awesome things he could have done -like pixel rationing.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Heretic David Frum once again shows why they excommunicated him

Reluctant Leftist David Frum has a messages for the Republican Party.

If it wants to win a presidential election, it could learn a thing or two from effete Europeans other than how to drive on the wrong side of the road in a ridiculously small car and how to waive a white flag.

Frum's recipe is not complicated. Basically it boils down to these 3 steps - each one of which presents its own challenges.

Step 1
- Surrender and accept the established social compact
Step 2 - Stop being major league assholes that scare the shit out of people all the effing time.
Step 3 - Reform

And then you WIN!

There is a market for this "reform conservatism." If a party was selling "it," I think there would be consumers willing to buy it. But there is a major flaw or three to Frum's plan.  

The first flaw is vast.  Are right wingers willing to implement "liberal ideas" using "conservative means?"  This is the basic template for Reform Conservatism. You take a problem and try to craft an approach to solving it that does not include pretending that the problem does not exist or that a tax cut is the best solution to address it. The most simple way to do this is for the winger to ask himself "What would a Liberal Republican from 1971 do to fix this problem." And the thought experiment goes quickly off the tracks at this point, because liberal republicans are a sub-species of the RINO that are now extinct. And even if they die, they simply couldn't compete in the current environment.

The second flaw is a big problem, too. Ho do you get the unreconstructed right to stop being assholes and scaring the shit out of people long enough to win new voters. I don't think this is possible in today's GOP. You go to war with the party you have, not the one you want to someday have.

And third flaw is the first step of Frum's plan - Surrender. While this may come naturally for someone like Frum, it won't play well with the legions of the tinfoil hat brigade that make up the lunatic fringe.  In the war to prevent the collapse of western civilization, there can be no surrender only Paul Ryan's latest manifesto in right wing social engineering (h/t Newt Gingrich).

So the  blueprint for success is there - but there are big hurdles to overcome. FEMA run camps, of course, would help.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Romney: Time to "Knock some sense" into "our loser" candidates

Willard has had about enough of the Bullshit. Here's a man that had to share a stage with Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Santo and Hermann Cain at the same FREAKING time and just deal with wave after wave of bullshit. He had to have thought "Whoa this woman is like mental, what gives?" And how many times did Romney think "fuck it I can't possibly want to be president that bad to endure this."  But he did want that that much, so he never walked away. 

Now after being told to take a long walk off a short pier by the lunatic fringe - they don't want him around for 2016. And after everything he's been through and all the hard work and the patience of Job,  he's tired of their "shit" and the influence they have on the candidates. He's not taking it anymore.

On the verge of another descent down to crazy, it is now time for Willard to bust some heads to force the 2016 candidates to shape up and fly right:
Mitt Romney, who earlier this year decided against a third presidential bid after briefly flirting with a run, will jump back into the national political scene next month when he hosts GOP presidential hopefuls and some of the party’s biggest donors in Utah.

Romney’s 2015 E2 Summit will take place June 11-13 in Deer Valley, a ski resort east of Salt Lake City, according to an invitation obtained Thursday by The Washington Post.

Confirmed speakers from the likely 2016 Republican field include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, long seen as a Romney rival due to tensions between their camps, was invited but will not attend, per a Romney ally.
What is going to happen (or should) is that Romney is going get these guys in a room - a closed room without some minimum wage, tip grubbing , 47% working stiff taking vids of him and just start busting loose on them. How many shots upside the head will it take before Young Marco promises that he'll behave from now on? I'd say no more than 10. 

As far as Walker is concerned, Romney will surely have to incentivize him even more. It could be an all day whupping. So yeah. This probably what Romney has in mind. He'd be doing the Party a big solid by bringing some party discipline.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wingnut Blows Lid off Global Warming Conspiracy Again, sigh

But nobody will listen.....just like always.

Powerline Blogger Hinderaker is on the case again with stupid global warming.  Its a hoax, you know. The greatest one in the history of mankind, we are told.  So it is unsurprising that once more the whole house of cards is about to come crashing down. That's because global warming is like totally FAKE, like all hoaxes are, naturally:
We have written a number of times about how government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here in the U.S., have systematically adjusted temperature history to make the past look colder. They apparently do this, usually surreptitiously and without explanation, in order to stoke global warming hysteria. See, for example, He Who Controls the Present Controls the Past and Inside the Global Warming Scandal [links to various conspiracy theories]. Now Mike Brakey, an engineering physicist and heat transfer specialist, has caught NOAA revising historic temperature data for Maine–as always, to make the past look cooler and the present warmer by comparison...Would someone please try to explain why this isn’t the biggest scandal in the history of science?
Why is this not the biggest scandal in the history of science??? This is a good question and also a simple one to answer.

The Short Answer is because the MAN keeps holding us all down, man. If the MAN is holding us down, he keeps the TRUTH from getting out.  And as everyone knows, the only effective way to protect yourself from the MAN is with a tinfoil hat. Because this about all you can do.

The Longer Answer has to do with a universal law of the wingnet.  Now I don't know who this new guy is or what spectacular discovery he has made. Hopefully the new guy is right and global warming is fake, was all a hoax and we will live happily ever after without the risks presented by climate change and burning up and bad stuff like that.  In that sense it would be awesome if the wingnuts were right, for a change.  Go Wingnuts, you can do it!!!

However this is not a good policy to take because for the wingnuts to be right, all the really smart people in the world have to be really really wrong. The possibility of this happening is highly remote.....unlike the AGW....which is happening, unfortunately. Sigh.

The particular rule of the wingnet is this.  Discovering a "New Guy" is a key feature of Climate Change denial. The tinfoil hat brigade is always coming up with a "new guy" with some some new truthiness sounding "factoid" - usually taken out of context that is sure to blow the lid off the conspiracy and show folks that global warming is a hoax.

It could be an upcoming Sean Hannity Foxnews Special that is certain to expose the hoax for what it really is. But the Sean Hannity foxnews show comes and goes. Five years later, nobody remembers it for reasons strongly influenced by the fact that the Foxnews show" was probably just the same bullshit found on the wingnet on a daily basis but with pictures. Yeah, Pictures!

The "new guy" could be an accountant somewhere rolling up his sleeves to do his part in the war against the Warmunists or Climatistas or whatever name the wingers are using at the time. Maybe its a middle-aged blogger pounding away on a keyboard in his parents' basement.  But it doesn't really matter because ultimately this "new guy" will bring as much expertise to the discussion as Joe Plumber could to a constitutional law class taught by Anne Althouse.  Its always happening but then never seems to happen the way these poor souls were predicting.

So the new guy comes and goes without the Media does picking up the story just as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Which is not completely surprising to the tinfoil hat brigade when you remember that the media is in on the conspiracy - damn you local Channel 7 Weatherman Storm Bolton!  It is an elaborate international hoax after all - the greatest one in history. But conspiracy aside, it is frustrating when nobody listens to you. Sigh.

Poor wingnuts.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekly Standard now a "feral beast" that is "persecuting Sarah Palin"

At one time the Weekly Standard was on the front lines defending Sarah Palin from unjust Persecution from the media elite.

In fact one of its Lieutenants wrote a book titled: The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.
when the beast saw Sarah Palin appear out of thin air and captivate the American imagination, it tore her apart. The hate machine whirred and hummed and swung into high gear.
Lies became facts, the smarmiest allegations jumped to Page One, and anybody who had something horrible to say about Sarah Palin was handed a megaphone and told to speak as loudly as possible. Wherever the Palin-haters gathered, they flaunted their contempt. Anything that complicated their prearranged story was shunted aside. Bias, inaccuracy, and self-obsession ruled the day. The pack became frenzied. Rabid. They did not miss a single opportunity to slight Palin. They could not leave her alone—even after the election was over and their preferred candidate had won; even after Palin resigned her office in July 2009.
This is a book about how the feral beast hunted down its prey.
And how she fought back.
But that was then.  But things change.  Today the Weekly Standard has become one of the "Feral beasts" unfairly smearing Sarah's character:
Whatever one makes of either one of them, the similarities between Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina (who’s just announced she’s running for president) stop more or less at the chromosomal level. Fiorina is an accomplished (if controversial) businesswoman; Palin, a half-term governor and television star. Fiorina is a graduate of Stanford (with a degree in philosophy and medieval history) and MIT (with a master’s in management); Palin received a degree in, alas, journalism. Fiorina is an unusually articulate for a candidate for public office; Palin is . . . well, Sarah Palin.
SHAME. Enough is enough. The Weekly Standard owes Sarah an apology.

Powerline Blog declares WAR on fact checkers, sigh

That Powerline Blog holds that Fact Checkers from the media cannot be trusted is so predictable.

Who could tune to Channel 7’s Action News Team and not think that these “journalists” are on the payroll of the United Nations.
The Democratic Party controls almost all of the news media. Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea: they established “fact checkers” within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats’ favor. Today, several such “fact checkers” are well known. Are they reliable? Of course not. ....the lesson is that liberal “fact checkers” can’t be trusted. At all. They are Democratic Party operatives, no more and no less, and they will be out in force in anticipation of the 2016 presidential campaign.
So predicable. Yawn.

The internets teach us many things. Of such, it teaches us that the wingnet operates according to certain laws.  In fact there are many rules of the Wingnet, such as:
  • Information that contradicts the Ideology is a lie. 
 This is a straight forward rule that is very prevalent on the wingnet. A corollary to this law tells us that losers like 
  • Those in the Lamestream Media, the “Scientists,” and other so-called experts that publish these lies are the enemy.

Everybody knows this, too, of course.  And next there is a related law to the ones stated above. It is called “Frum’s Rule.”  Frum's Rule tells us that
  • Those individuals who consider whether or not there is any the merit to these "lies" are, naturally, heretics. 
This law is aptly named "Frum's Rule" because everyone knows that David Frum is a heretic who was rightly excommunicated from the party. And on to one last law of the internet- not just the wingnet - and it holds this:
  • The First Thing A Cult Does Is Claim Everyone Else Is Lying To You Fact Checkers. Sigh.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

General Rules of the Wingnet: Number 11

Word of the day:
non se·qui·tur
 nän  ˈsekwədər  / noun
1. an inference that does not follow from the premises; specifically:  a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent. 2 a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement. 3. a bunch of words posted on the wingnet.
Jonathan Chait explains the "bunch of words" theory in relation to a spectacular example of WRONG on the wingnet:
When you’re an environmental “expert” for a conservative think tank publishing an op-ed in National Review, your job is to instruct your readers that environmental regulation is terrible. Then you have to write a bunch of words. Whether those words fit together in any coherent way, other than following the rules of grammar, is beside the point and not germane to the job description.
Bryce makes three major points in his column. Point No. 1 is that Obama’s Clean Power Plan is horribly burdensome [it costs way toooo much and would destroy western civilization**]. .....we get to Bryce’s third point, which is his most original contribution to right-wing climate thought. Bryce argues that the United States is reducing emissions so quickly and cheaply that further regulations are not even necessary to reach Obama’s targets.
To recap.

Point 1 - The Obamunist Strongman's goal of reducing carbon emissions will lead to certain doom.
Point 2 - Nonsense
Point 3 - Because moving toward Obama's goal has been really easy so far, there is no need to try to achieve the goal.

This is Perfect. We learn that it will cost way tooo much to get "there" however since we are almost "there" and everything is OK, i.e., without the predicted doom, we should do nothing else at all.

So yes. This post is indicative the application of General Rule 11 to the wingnet.

**EDITORIAL NOTE: Just about anything can be turned into a treat to western civilization on the wingnet. This is another rule of the Wingnet, i.e., General Rule 6. General Rule 6 is also an important rule. It is often found on the wingnet.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Poll: Walker on RAMPAGE in Iowa

The newest PPP poll of Iowa GOP primary voters shows the governor from wisconsin with a growing lead over the fools foolish enough to challenge him:
23% The Wisconsin Wuss
13% - Young Marco
12% - Bush III
10% - TIE Ol' Huck, Paul II
  8% - TIE Tailgunner Ted, Unsure
  7% - Crazy Ben
  5% - Christie
  4% - Gov. Oops
Man rough break for Santorum. After winning Iowa last time around  - despite Romney's sneaky, weaselly, underhanded attempted to "steal" the glorious victory from him, Santo is not even included in the poll. Poor Bastard. He gets no respect.

So Much Meanness.

Latest Gravis Poll shows Bush III LEADS in NH

The results are still pretty jumbled and its still a Gravis Poll which means that in a darwinian times, the Gravis Poll would have lost out in the struggle for survival against better adapted Polls.  But we don't live in a Social Darwinian time anymore, Paul Ryan's latest Manifesto excepted of course.

This means the Gravis Poll get to keep muddling along and producing numbers like this:
18% - Bush III
16% - The Wisconsin Wuss
15% - TIE Paul II and Unsure
11% - Young Marco
10% - Tailgunner Ted
  5% - Christie
  4% - Crazy Ben
  3% - TIE Fiorina and Huck
  1% - Santo
They say that the GOP field is deep this time around but it sure doesn't feel that way to me. It just seems to be missing something. Crazy Ben is crazy and all and still Santorum believes all the crazy things that Ted Cruz mouths in front of cameras. So that's good. But still this something missing. I wonder what Sarah is doing these days?

New Pope to lecture "douchebag" Climate Deniers

The New Pope is a badass: Francis prepares to deliver what is likely to be a highly influential encyclical this summer on environmental degradation and the effects of human-caused climate change on the poor, he is alarming some conservatives in the United States who are loath to see the Catholic Church reposition itself as a mighty voice in a cause they do not believe in.

... top Vatican officials will hold a summit meeting Tuesday to build momentum enact a sweeping United Nations climate change accord [that]... would for the first time commit every nation to enact tough new laws to cut the emissions that cause global warming.

...the effort is already angering a number of American conservatives, among them members of the Heartland Institute [a bunch of douchebags] ... “The Holy Father is being misled by ‘experts’ at the United Nations who have proven unworthy of his trust,” Joseph Bast, the president of the Heartland Institute, said in a statement. “Though Pope Francis’ heart is surely in the right place, he would do his flock and the world a disservice by putting his moral authority behind the United Nations’ unscientific agenda on the climate.”
....Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, invited the pope to speak to Congress, but some Catholics say that Mr. Boehner should prepare for some uncomfortable moments. Mr. Boehner, who is Catholic, has often criticized the Obama administration for what he calls its “job killing” environmental agenda.
“I think Boehner was out of his mind to invite the pope to speak to Congress,” said the Rev. Thomas Reese, an analyst at the National Catholic Reporter. “Can you imagine what the Republicans will do when he says, ‘You’ve got to do something about global warming’? ”
If the Pope says that American Conservatives need to buck up and grow up and you know "put away childish things,"  the response will not be hard to predict. They'll - or at least some of them that can't keep their yaps shut - will just accuse him of being a terrorist.

The rest will take the ostrich approach. That's probably Boehner. He's got to deal with so many mouth breather as it is, "doing the right here" ain't a possible option. There is an old saying from the Nixon administration that "when you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds follow." That's the leverage the unreconstructed wing of the republican party has on Boehner. They got a hold of him firmly. Poor Bastard. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Poll: Walker Favorite on the Wingnet

According to a Weekly Standard straw poll, the race for the crazy party's nomination has narrowed into a 3 person race with the rest of the field far behind:
30% - The Wisconsin Wuss
24% - Tailgunner Ted
18% - Young Marco
>6% - All the rest
I guess this is to be expected from a bunch of neocons, wingers and malcontents.

RINO: GOP should nominate a RINO

Shocking News: thetop two choices of RINOs are RINOs:
If Not Bush, Who?
If I were a betting man, I would be that Jeb Bush would win the GOP nomination and that he would face off against Hillary Clinton. Sounds kind of boring, but after 8 years of President Obama, boring sounds great.
But what if it’s not Bush. Who would it be?
Here is my top ten list, from worst to first:

10) [Tailgunner ]Ted [basically a loser and definitely the worst]
9) [Crazy] Ben [the next] Herman Cain [and is pretty bad]
8) Mike Pence: ... signed Religious Freedom bill [creating a right to discriminate against gay folks]
7) Christie: ...Bridgegate [toasted him out]
6) Paul II: ... has about the same amount of experience that Mr. Obama had when he ran
5) Santorum:...[doesn't have] the cash to make the effort worth it.
4) [Governor Oops]: ... he could be very formidable.
3) [Young] Marco: ... a bit green [and wet behind the ears].
2) Walker: executive experience... has [won]...a blue state.... hired plenty of talent.
1) John Kasich: The voluble and hyper Ohio governor ... great personal story, connects with middle class voters, cares about taking care of the poor, lives out his faith, and is a terrific communicator. If it’s not Bush, I think it will be Kasich.
I did not see this coming. Never in a million years could I have guess this. A RINO you don't say?