Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wingnet Continues to suffer from "Coalition Envy"

Sigh. Has it come to this:
In my latest Washington Examiner column... I wrote the following two sentences. “But Bush’s coalition that went into Iraq included more than 30 nations, most of them democracies. Kerry’s and Obama’s coalition against the Islamic State includes maybe eight, mostly autocracies.”

What I would have liked to add, but didn’t have space for, was a reference to the description, made by Kerry ... in 2004, to Bush’s coalition as a “trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted.” That description was recalled by...Marc Thiessen in a blogpost titled “Kerry’s coalition against the Islamic State fails his ‘global test’”...

I thought at the time that it was vicious of Kerry, and undermined the credibility of the United States, to characterize Bush’s very large coalition in such negative terms — terms that insulted democracies, including many NATO allies. Thiessen provides a much longer list of those who stood with us and sent ground troops into Iraq in 2003...[Thiessen then goes on to list members of the Coalition of the Willing while forgetting to add Iceland and the two guys they sent to the coalition.]  I just hope that in some corner of his mind Secretary Kerry appreciates how contemptible his words were in 2004 and feels just a tiny bit of gratitude that members of the opposition party are refraining from uttering similar words today.
- The Gentle Souled Michael Barone accusing "Liberals"of a conspiracy to "Suppress" the Truth about "coalitions" and things.
Now one should remember that Michael Barone has not always acted like a delicate flower. He once called President Obama a "Thug" and unfavorably compared him Vladimir Putin -  excepting only "that Putin is an effective thug" in a since deleted blog post that is, unfortunately, still remembered by the wingnet. So one needn't feel sorry for Barone's hurt feelings as he as shown a proclivity to engage in less than seemly behavior in past.

However putting the issue of coalitions aside and any discussion whether it is beneficial for such a coalition to contain Sunni-Muslim countries in the same region including Turkey (if the lamestream media is to believed), one should remember that the only reason that a coalition is needed today is because a former president decided to use "a coalition of the willing" to knock Humpty Dumpty off the wall. But for that fact, there would be no need for all the kings horses and all the kings men to desperately try to put humpty dumpty back together again.  

Its kinda of the most important thing that one needs to consider when complaining about the current coalition and whether it was put together too quickly and such.  It just wouldn't matter had the last guy not decided that a war in Iraq would result in a reverse domino scenario creating liberal democracy after liberal democracy instead of falling into civil strife between competing groups.  But we are where we are.

GOP 2016 - Because its never too early for the CRAZY, cntd

The Senator from Canada readies a run:
Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so.
According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his candidacy stand out in what is guaranteed to be a crowded field.
"At this point it's 90/10 he's in," one Cruz adviser said. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it."
The senator's choreography since arriving in Washington has long pointed to a presidential run. His office meticulously documents the details of his meetings and events to guard against opposition research. He has aggressively pursued visits to important primary states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Late last month Cruz hired three prominent consultants with experience in national campaigns and extensive contacts in early nominating states. And he recently moved his chief of staff, Chip Roy, from his congressional office to the campaign operation, sending the clearest signal yet to allies inside and outside the Capitol that a bid for the White House is imminent.
One down. Next up, several folks need to audition for another of the "Bachmann" roles in the Primary. There is still room for about 3 more candidates with that Bachmannesque vibe for the Base. This dilutes the crazy vote by spreading it out over several candidates and it pushes the vitriol even farther to the right!

The libertarian role looks to be filled. The RINOs will put someone up - Wall Street and K-Street will demand that it be so. Ditto with the Neocons. But I don't think they'll be happy with someone that is not yet housebroken like Cruz.  Speaking of Housebroken Conservatives, Marco Rubio seems to be auditioning for the Neocon role with daily vapid calls for more aggression  - "the only way we can fight dangerous aggression in the world is with more dangerous aggression and if I'm president nobody in the world will be more dangerous and aggressive than me." Yeah, the neocon will definitely put someone up.

Also needed is someone to fill the non-crazy "huntsman" role for the 1-2% of GOP primary goers who actually still believe that the GOP can be reformed. Bless their hearts.

The last role that will need to be filled is the "Cain" role. But you can wait to fill this one. It should be filled at the latest possible time when the "Cain" guy can play savior to all voters who realize that the 2016 field is just another clown car.

By timing it right, the "Cain" guy can quickly rise to the top of the polls reeling in the legions of dissatisfied voters. Unfortunately the "Cain" guy, not being a politician is destined crash just as fast because of the laws of the universe i.e., bright shiny objects may rocket to great heights, but they also crash to the earth just as fast. Call it "Sarah's Law."

And so it goes.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Foxnews Personality winds up on Terror Watch List

Is this merely a mistake, or does the Government know something that the public doesn't:
    Stephen Hayes, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a regular Fox News contributor, was informed Tuesday that he had been placed on the Department of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Watchlist.

    Hayes, who spoke to POLITICO by phone on Tuesday, suspects that the decision stems from U.S. concerns over Syria. Hayes and his wife recently booked a one-way trip to Istanbul for a cruise, and returned to the U.S., a few weeks later, via Athens.

    “I’d be concerned if it was anything more than that,” Hayes said.

    Hayes first learned about his status on the watchlist during a trip to Minneapolis a few weeks ago when he was stopped for extra screening.

    “When I went online to check in with Southwest, they wouldn’t let me. I figured it was some glitch,” he explained. “Then I got to the airport and went to check in. The woman had a concerned look on her face. She brought over her supervisor and a few other people. Then they shut down the lane I was in, took me to the side, told me I was a selectee and scrawled [something] on my ticket.”

    “On my way back. the same thing happened,” he continued. “I got pulled out, they closed down the lane, and did a full pat-down and looked in all parts of my luggage.”

    Things got slightly awkward on that return flight, because one of the TSA employees was a frequent Fox News viewer. “He knew I wasn’t an actual terrorist,” Hayes explained, “but it didn’t matter.”
This list thing is probably a mistake.  Probably.  But we know from watching Foxnews that Law Enforcement personnel usually have a pretty good reason for doing what they do.

That being the case, I am going with the Foxnews approach here and am giving law enforcement the benefit of doubt - until I hear otherwise.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tricky RINO trolls Tea Party - Set Eric Holder Free!

As news hit the internets that Attorney Generalissimo Eric Holder had tendered his resignation from the Obama Administration, word also hit the internets that Holder would stay on the job until his replacement had be approved by the Senate.

This creates a dilemma.

Obviously whoever Obama ends up nominating to replace Holder will be the most liberal nominee ever - or the GOP will make this claim and feel compelled to block the nomination. Of course this is not their fault as it is a universal law - the current democrat, whoever it is, must be called the most extreme, most liberal, most this and the most that of all time. The effects of this universal law are really quite unfair, but as life is unfair, our Republican friends are destined to suffer under it compulsive effects.

Republicans should do their best to allow Eric Holder to depart the Justice Department as quickly as possible.

He has been as bad an Attorney General in his way as Alberto Gonzales was in his way.

[And he was worse! He was involved in all types of conspiracies like the New Black Panther Menace and Un-deportation of 11 Million undocumented immigrants and the Bush era gun running program and just badness in general]

He was a friend of the President’s but he was also his alter-ego.  He said and did things that Mr. Obama only wished he could do.

He called America a nation of cowards when it comes to race relations, when the American people have done their level best to live in peace together.   We have come a long way in this country, especially after we elected the first African-American President in our history (a President with a mighty thin resume, I might add).  We deserve better than to be called cowards.

Eric Holder seemed to be a bitter man on a mission to bring not equal justice under the law but rather to deliver a measure of revenge.

The idea that Republicans should filibuster or delay his replacement – a replacement who may be confirmed  in the lame duck — is a mistake.  Of course, we should see who it is the President will name, but I would be dumbstruck if it could be anybody worse than Eric Holder.

Let’s get him to the private sector, pronto.
Smooth. Use the wingnuttery against the wingnuts!

If the mouth breathers do what they want to do - grandstand against the most liberal nominee/worst nominee/etc they will only end up keeping Holder on the job to do more tyranny and shit.
If they really want to stick it to Holder they can run him off his post by approving his successor double-pronto!

This is the way you talk to the base. You just hope they believe you instead of discovering that you are just a RINO up to tricking the foot soldiers for yet the millionth time.

And the beat goes on.

Insurance Industry Insiders Join Global-Global Warming Conspiracy

This is hardly surprising.

Of course the Insurance Industry is hyping the Global-Global Warming Conspiracy. It is quite understandable when you realize that in a world where Global Warming is believed to be real, they'll get to charge premiums for claims that will NEVER HAPPEN.....because global warming is a.... HOAX!!!!

Here's a survey asking them to rank the biggest global risks, probably using a global test or something like that:
No.    Global Risk     
1    Fiscal crises in key economies     
2    Structurally high unemployment/underemployment     
3    Water crises     
4    Severe income disparity     
5    Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation      
6    Greater incidence of extreme weather events (e.g. floods, storms, fires)     
7    Global governance failure     
8    Food crises     
9    Failure of a major financial mechanism/institution     
10    Profound political and social instability    

Table 1: Ten Global Risks of Highest Concern in 2014
Source: Global Risks Perception Survey 2013-2014.
Note: From a list of 31 risks, survey respondents were asked to identify the five they are most concerned about.
Global Risks 2014, Ninth Edition [PDF] published by the World Economic Forum.
The folks that designed this survey could have expressly added the Tea Party to the list of scary things. But its likely that Global Tea Party risk is reflected in the number 1 ranked risk on the list: Tea Party induced Debt Default and Global Calamity. Probably, anyway.

Of course, the problem with these conspirators is that one of the insurers will (inevitably) try to undercut their competitors by not going along with the global warming scam.

Insurers live in the free market after all. Why overcharge your valued customers and maintain your current market share when you can adjust your prices downward to accurately reflect risk? In doing so, you can increase your market share while kicking your competitors in the balls. But the global conspiracy is strong and the insurers will play along......for a while at least before turning on each other and giving in to will of the free market.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Re-emergence of the Severely Conservative Progressive?

The wingnet reports that Romney 2016 whispers are no joke:
Romney is talking with advisers, consulting with his family, keeping a close eye on the emerging '16 Republican field, and carefully weighing the pluses and minuses of another run. That doesn't mean he will decide to do it, but it does mean that Mitt 2016 is a real possibility.

Nearly all of Romney's 2012 circle of advisers, finance people, and close aides remains intact. Many developed an extraordinary loyalty to Romney, who, in turn, has kept in close touch with them. Romney talks to some of them quite frequently in conversations that cover daily news, foreign and domestic policy, Hillary Clinton, the Republican field -- everything that might touch on a 2016 campaign. "Virtually the entire advisory group that surrounded Mitt in 2012 are eager for him to run, almost to a man and a woman," says one plugged-in member of Romneyland.
A significant number of Romney's top financial supporters from 2012 have decided not to commit to any other 2016 candidate until they hear a definitive word from Romney. They believe they are doing it with the tacit approval of Romney himself. "Spencer Zwick has never said specifically to everyone to keep your powder dry," says the plugged-in supporter, referring to Romney's former finance chairman who remains very close to Romney. "But the body language, the intonation, and the nuance are absolutely there."
Romney, at his core, is the new man for all seasons in today's GOP. That's not because he is of unwavering principle, but rather it is because he can re-invent his core to suit the times - be it as he of very Progressive Views or as a Severe Conservation  promising to lead an uncompromising right wing revolution.  It does not matter which way the winds are blowing. It never has with him.

In the 2008 GOP primary it was a running joke that Romney's views on issues changed like clockwork depending whether it was an even numbered year or an odd numbered year.  All the GOP candidates on the stage during a debate would turn and sneer at Romney whenever attacked one his fellow candidates, often times falsely, for holding views that he himself held a week or so earlier. That's how he rolls.

But those guys, with the possible exception of good ol' Huck, are gone now. Sleepy Fred makes reverse mortgage commercials targeting Old Folks - "Don't worry its backed by the Government  and based on a law President Reagan signed into law to protect Seniors." The aforementioned Huck keeps busy as an infotainer making millions on the AM radio, possibly to keep the Wicked Witch of Arkansas living in style but under wraps somewhere along the Redneck Riviera. McCain, having forgotten that he needs 2 hands to count the number of houses he owns, now sleeps in a broom closet on the set of Meet the Press where he emerges each Sunday to snarl into the camera and urge going to war with yet another country. And nobody has seen Rudy Giuliani in years leading one to wonder what ever happened to mister 9/11 and a verb.

That leaves a tanned, rested and ready Willard - a Nixonian figure - waiting in the wings as the man who can mean all things to all people.  If you are afraid of the crazies on the far right, and who isn't -  don't worry I'm your man. If you are fearful of folks running the Wall Street K-street Axis - Don't worry Main Street, I too, am your man.

So why not Romney - He'll say what ever the times demand.

Latte Salute Outrages Right Wing Nut, sigh

The stupid cannot be defeated. It can only be contained - preferably in a FEMA run camp:
The video below [depicting the infamous Latte Salute] speaks volumes about President Obama, not only concerning his underlying disdain for our military, but also as regards basic decency. In my opinion, a president who thinks he’s too cool properly to return a salute from our servicemen is presumptively unfit to command them.
- One of the Malcontents at Powerline Blog
Good thing President Eisenhower to read this scurrilous post, because the former 5-star general didn't think Presidential salutes were appropriate. He did do 'em.

But then again the Right Wing Nuts of his day were known to claim that Ike was a Commie Agent, so there is that. The more things change - the more they stay the same. Sigh.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Threat of TEAHAD looms omniously for John Boehner

The internets are reporting that Cassius and Brutus have been spotted whispering in the shadows:
"For months, several clusters of conservative lawmakers have been secretly huddling inside and outside the Capitol, plotting to oust John Boehner from the Speaker's office when House Republicans regroup after the November elections"

"The strategy -- for now -- seems disorganized and fluid: Find a way to push the Speaker's race to a second ballot, create turmoil in the conference, portray Boehner as highly vulnerable and offer up an alternative."
The King is the King.....until he's not.

When the first long knife comes out.......who knows what happens next.  Maybe the bold - those true of heart - join in what comes naturally while the sheeple look to their own survival.

Liaison to the Nuts F's it up again, sigh

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe apparently has not gotten the memo: When Republicans talk about sexual assault - bad things happen.
As you may have noticed, in desperation, Barack Obama and his minions are now beating another drum. There is, they shamelessly tell you, a crisis. It is a grave emergency. One in five young women on America’s campuses have been the object of a sexual assault.

It matters not that there is no evidence to support such a preposterous claim.... Our President believes that the women of the United States are so gullible that they will fall for this nonsense, and who knows? He might be right. As the buttons worn by the harpies in attendance at the last Democratic National Convention asserted, “Sluts vote!and let’s face it: in 2012, infuriated at the prospect that they might have to fork over $10 a month to pay for their own birth control pills, they did.
The women folk are just Harpies and Sluts? As GOP Chairman Reince Priebus might say: OUTREACH!

But I guess this sort of shit happens on the wingnet. If Obama and the Democrats are for something even if it started out as a Republican idea, the wingers are against it.  So it is hardly surprising that in drawing attention to violence against women, wingers have been suckered into becoming Men's Rights advocates overnight.

The right wing professor that calls himself Instapundit writes daily on the the topic of the oppression of men, for example.  I don't want to say that this sudden concern for Men's Rights on the wingnet reminds me of David Duke starting up a National Association for the Advancement of White People organization because of........well because he is an asshole and already didn't like black folks.   While this new concern for men is unseemly,  I not implying that these right wingers already held animosity toward women and the public concern showed by Dems toward violence against women pushed them toward doing what comes natural.  No. Just saying that movement conservatism is deeply reactionary at its core. If Obama comes out for something - there is a real high possibility that right wingers will discover some previously unrealized reason to be angrily against it.

ACORN is a perfect example. Before Obama wins the Iowa caucuses, there is no outrage on the wingnet about the community organizational group known as ACORN. Afterward there is a slow and steady fury that builds its way into the 2008 Presidential Campaign when Poor-Poor John McCain felt compelled to denounce the previously unheard of group as a "threat to the fabric of democracy" when all the smart people knew that this claim was bullshit to placate the rubes.

Its just how the game is played...and Rahe's failing. He keeps getting rolled by Obama. Instead of bringing "the nuts" along he makes 'em nuttier.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Obamunist Thugs to "disappear" beloved conservative film maker

Ominous Tidings have hit the internets.

While Right Wing Entertainer, Dinesh D'Souza will not face hard prison time, he will be confined to something that sounds kinda like a FEMA run Camp.

According to the website The Smoking Gun, D'Souza will spend the first eight months of his probation in something eerily named a "community confinement center."  He will also have to pay a $30,000 fine, undergo some FEMA type group hugging process called "therapeutic counseling" (i.e., reprogramming) and he'll have to perform one day per week of community service - perhaps in the form of "community organizing." Then, presumably, he'll need to keep clean with the cops for the remainder of his 5 year probationary period.

Personally, I hope the boys at FEMA or whoever is running this so-called "community confinement center" get all the kinks worked out and get D'Souza back walking a straight and narrow path.

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe: Just one of the Rubes or just "a Liaison to the Nuts?"

Is the Global-Global Warming Conspiracy real? Yes and No.

Or are there just a bunch of confused wingers posting shit on the web? Yes, my Friends the stupid is VAST:
For some years now, the President of the United States and his minions have been lying to us about the threat posed to our well-being and our security by global warming. In the next few decades, they say, the temperature will dramatically rise and the climate will change markedly for the worse. The consequences will be dire, and human activity is the cause. We must curb carbon emissions … or millions will die. They have even induced the armed forces to list combating global warming as one of their prime missions.
I think he is misrepresenting the opinion of the President and his "Minions" a wee bit and he's certainly slandering the brave men and women of our armed forces by calling them either stupid or frauds. This is simply outrageous. People risk their lives for FREEDOM and for AMERICA while at home the ungrateful basically call them "comsymps".  These people know no shame.

But this really isn't fair criticism. The Right Wing Professor is just playing the game.  Let me explain.

As time has gone on, many of the better adjusted Global Warming skeptics have moved beyond the "its a hoax" stage of climate denial to accepting that at least most of the recent warming is attributable to greenhouse gas emissions. What do do about it is another story. But you can only play that hoax game for so long before getting fitted with a tin foil hat by President Obama's secret gestapo-like force. Once that happens, everyone has permission to laugh at you.

So the game now on the wingnet is to redefine "the 97% meme" i.e., that most every smart person agrees, including 97% of the practicing climate scientists, that man made greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for most of the recent warming on earth.  But this can be tricky if your base believes that "global warming is all a Hoax, man" and you've been reinforcing this belief for years.

The solution is to conflate the responses to Anthropogenic Global Warming like carbon emission regulation with the settled consensus that man made carbon emissions have caused the planet to warm. Just attack "the consensus" as all bullshit, man - without defining what consensus you are attacking. This allows a right winger to dispute whether or not the "Science is settled" because by science he means Hypothetical Computer Climate Model 35.  This is effective because Hypothetical Computer Model 35 will never be perfect. It might be pretty damn good - but it won't be perfect.
"See all those "liberal scientists" and their "religious-like belief" in the settled consensus were WRONG [meaning that Hypothetical Computer Model 35 was not 100% accurate]. I mean how can we take the first step in a long journey toward reducing future man-made greenhouse gas emissions if computer model 35 is all fucked up and shit?
You can't and you shouldn't. It is far more prudent to do nothing. There is no settled consensus. There just isn't. Its like we've been saying all along."
Thus completing the switcheroo. As I said, the brighter wingers know how the game is played while the more maladjusted struggle on. In the GOP, the establishment wants the energy of the "Tin-foil Hat Brigades" but needs to keep them under control to avoid being "Akinized" or "O'Donnellized" or worse "Cruzified" (in the case of Rahe it was predicting a "Romney Landslide"). That means there is high demand for competent folks to serve as "Liaisons to the Nuts."

Which brings us to Right Wing Professor Rahe. 

One would assume that a right wing professor that takes time from his busy schedule to post "stuff" on right wing blogs for the "Tin-foil Hat Brigades" to read does so to help bring "the nuts" along. You don't want them getting out of hand and make themselves known as a "lunatic fringe" that drags the GOP's brand even further down. You just kinda hint that the "settled consensus" was in fact "not all a hoax" but then you turn and attack "the settled consensus." But on the other hand, this Right Wing Professor could just be one of the Rubes and doesn't know it.

Don't hate the winger, hate the game.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Adventures in Wingnutology: Right Wing Blogger provides example of Scopes Trial Conservatism

Via RedState Blog Honcho in Chief:
We live in such a screwed up world, mainstream culture is increasingly submitting the fringe to be normal and the normal to be fringe.

Boys and girls are more and more taught that they can pick their own gender adventure. The prominent scientific voices tell us we are accidents of the cosmos — the product of a swerve in nature. Who we sleep with is now a product of our birth, but what gender we are can be freely chosen. Science proves neither, but science is the new god.

It is maddening. Add into it the politicization of everything and you can certainly understand why some people want to check out of culture. Contra the left, most boys do not need to be told not to hit girls. They know it. But a secular ideology that wants all the trappings of morality without the foundation of that morality is now convinced that when boys are left to be boys, they are left to be monsters.

The whole thing is messed up.
Modernity, inevitably, has a way of coming into conflict with Religious Doctrines and Old Timey Folk ways.  As was the case in the reaction to the progressive period and the rapid modernization spurred on by WWI, rather than re-examining the timeless wisdom behind the folk ways, one opposes science through right wing populist appeals to tradition.

Evolution, Social Science, Global Warming, etc., it's been done before. It'll be done again!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Operation Batshit cranking up for 2016 - Fun times on the Horizon?

Last time around Operation Batshit - the more crazy the better - relied upon weakening the GOP base by spreading their vote among several crazy candidates and allowing the establishment candidate to sneak to the nomination.  And boy were there some real crazies to choose from: Bachmann, Cain, Paul, Newt, Santo and Perry  all keeping the crazy vote diluted and the RINOs happy.

Which all reminds us that you cannot defeat the crazy outright - you can only hope to hold it back. This time around  promises more fun with the wingnet starting to speculate on the Rise of Good 'Ol Huck:
Michele Bachmann only competed in one delegate selecting contest (in which she finished last), but she helped Romney take down Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich (though Gingrich would have a brief resurrection after Bachmann dropped out).

Huckabee is a far better campaigner than Bachmann and, as Henry Olsen pointed out, Huckabee’s political base in Iowa is quite large. A Huckabee campaign could knock Rick Santorum or Ted Cruz out of the box quickly, and suck up any oxygen that might be available for a candidate that hasn’t been blessed with the favor of the big party donors and the Washington consultant class. But Huckabee isn’t the guy who beats the Republican establishment. He is, at most, the candidate who gets beaten by the Republican establishment and does the GOP establishment the favor of preventing other populist Republicans from getting any traction.
I can see some happy-happy fun times ahead with ol' Huck and Santo tag teaming The Senator from Canada who says he's an American for the fundamentalist vote and Cruz and Father Cruz fighting back in the tradition of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.

An unknown Republican could suddenly appear on the scene capturing the heart of the base, rocketing to the top of the polls and disappearing just as fast because well that's what happens to bright shiny objects.

Maybe Perry returns and reminds Tea Partiers that he doesn't agree with them on immigration reform when candidates are asked at a debate whether the Rio Grande should be converted into a moat and filled with crocodiles. All the candidates but one will either endorse the idea or say its not tough enough. "Crocodiles are good, but why not piranhas, too." "Has anyone considered sharks," one will add.  Perry will oppose this plan and refer to people who disagree with him as bigots. Fun will quickly ensue.

Some time later, perhaps a Tea Party congressman will kick up the campaign by comparing young voters supporting Hillary as the Hitler Youth Corp and women supporters as Femi-nazis.  Hillary Youth, Hitler Youth; you know one of them is going to go there. Really, this stuff is not hard to predict.

Eventually, the GOP nominee for President will realize that he needs to broaden the party's appeal to younger voters, to women and to minority groups.  Odds are high that another 47% gaffe will occur as the GOP grapples with shrinking demographics.  More outreach will follow consisting mainly of lectures.

It does not work. 

Later President Hillary issues an executive order authorizing the first FEMA run Anti-Obama Dissident Camp with a mission to make the mental health parity portion of Obamacare more available to needy folks. After an initial outrage, dissent lessens when Michele Bachmann goes missing. People think - looks like those camps work. They must not be too bad after all. 

Life goes on and once again its Morning in America.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unlike Obamacare, GOP Candidate in apparent "Death Spiral"

First the wingnet declared that Oregon GOP senate hopeful Monica Wehby was sure to shake up the world.  She was a doctor, new, fresh and unlike the death panels in Obamacare, she saved peoples lives. Quite simply, a new star had been born.

This happens a lot.

Someone appealing to the conservative Id appears, seemingly out of nowhere and becomes this weeks/months latest bright shiny object. But it does not last. Tell Sarah about it or Joe the Plumber or Former Foxnews Superstar Cliven Bundy.

For Wehby, the tailspin slowly start with allegations of stalking from two different dudes. TWO. Even though its not Herman Cain territory (Cain preferred the number "9" over two), accusations of this sort are usually not a good thing. Check that - they're never a good thing. Next, like the eight years of the Bush administration, the wingnet forgot about her. That can be a good thing, however.

Last week plagiarism allegations hit her campaign when the lamestream media reported that her health care plan was lifted from a Crossroads GPS document. This week it was more of the same, with the lamestream media reporting that large portions of her economic plan had also been lifted - this time from Bush Budget Guy Rob Portman. Which is understandable to some extent, because who really remembers there was something called a Bush Administration.

But things like these so-called plagiarism charges can be manageable. You just have to say "Ya, man. I read the Bush Budget Guy's stuff and like Karl Rove's Health Plan, I dug it and believe in it. So you are damn right I posted it on my website. Thems the kinda ideas I'm gonna fight for in DC." It's doable.

But today the plargaism charges took a turn for the worse as the internets have discovered a fake Thomas Jefferson quote about Tyranny (sigh) posted prominently on her website - likely lifted from the wingnet. You can't really manage this however.  The best you can do to is claim it was innocently obtained from a former Michele Bachmann staffer - but even that still does not look good.

But that's what the bubble that is right wing counter culture does to someone. The wingnet look REAL instead of what it really is - a collection of diatribes, myths and bullshit. So when you think about it, you see that Wehby is kinda like just another victim of the right wing media leading one hope that if there is anymore stalking to be done in the future, the execs at Foxnews should be at the head of the line.

And so it goes for the GOP hopeful that the wingnet thought would ride to victory on the coattails of an Obamacare Death Spiral.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"P.S. Should Also not be a Racist."

That's the line they left out of this help wanted ad:
National Review is hiring a full-time editor. Applicants should have several years of experience and be familiar with, and enthusiastic about, National Review. If you are interested, please send a résumé and a cover letter to editorial.applications (at) nationalreview.com.
In theory this shouldn't need to be said -  the thing about the next editor not being a white nationalist or bigot or such. But this is the NR and it does have a history.

Imagine the embarrassment that would occur if they don't screen for racists and they end up hiring another one!  With NRO's recent history of signing up unsavory characters who later turn out have unfortunate associations, the gang there can't take too many precautions.

Just saying.

Wingnut mad at the Internet for talking about the Palin Brawl instead of Benghazi

Bad Internets:
 the Democratic Party media’s frenzy over a supposed brawl in Wasilla, Alaska, that involved the Palin family is revealing. Even though, as John Nolte points out, the source of information about the altercation was a left-wing blogger who is viciously hostile to Palin and who freely acknowledged that she hadn’t tried to “track down the details of the brawl,” supposedly mainstream news outlets couldn’t get enough of the Palin story. This screen shot shows that the search “Palin brawl” generates almost 86,000 results....
Meanwhile, another story has emerged: an eyewitness report by a former high-ranking State Department official who said that he observed Hillary Clinton’s representatives removing damaging documents from the supposedly comprehensive materials they provided to the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. This story would seem to be the ultimate bombshell
Well, yet another ultimate Benghazi Bombshell, sigh. This only goes to show that the internets prefer a snowbillie reality show to more stupid stuff found on right wing blogs.

I chalk it up to the free market, myself. Supplies of right wing bullshit have vastly outpaced demand. On the other hand, how many Palin Family Brawls have there been this week? Not very many, maybe just one.  And viola - you have it. Supply and Demand in Action. Since the Market knows everything, I am going to assume that the Market is right - The Palin Brawl is a more interesting story than the latest in a string of Benghazi Bombshells which ultimately turn out to be something other than bombshells (but rather bullshit).

But that is the thing with the counter culture. It is impossible - nay next to impossible to keep the wingnut mythology straight anymore.

Poor Bastards.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Universe Operates on Laws, Dammit, LAWS, cntd!

Pa, Pa come quick - he's got the fever.

You know that someone has the "Derangement Syndrome" when they go out of the way to blame some crazy shit on President Obama and so it goes with Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe and the Obamaflu:
As you may have noticed, there is “a mystery virus” sweeping America. Or so we are told, for there is no mystery as to the identity of this virus. ...[link to other winger]... the mainstream media is strangely silent about the debacle that the Democrats brought on the country when they invited the inhabitants of Central American to come here.

So, now, we have not only Obama’s War but Obama’s Epidemic. If the Republicans had any brains . . . Oh, never mind!
Note to Right Wing Professor Rahe - the GOP simply cannot campaign on every crazy thing posted on the wingnet. Even if the RINOs running the show wanted to do it, there is simply too much crazy for them to be able to do it.

It is a law of the Universe. The amount of crazy on the wingnet cannot be quantified.

Its like Infinity plus double infinity squared plus 1. You can try to do it, but it is humanly impossible to do. Someday a super computer running at teraflops per nano-second may be able to do it. But that day is not now.

Wingnut: Right Wing Professor's new book is a Masterwork

Meet the new Commies; Same as the old Commies and not unpredictably it turns out they are the Malcontents at Powerline Blog:
You may not be interested in administrative law, but administrative law is interested in you. Administrative law is unrecognized by the Constitution, but, according to Columbia Law School Professor Philip Hamburger, it “has become the government’s primary mode of controlling Americans.” He observes that “administrative law has avoided much rancor because its burdens have been felt mostly by corporations.” This is where you come in: “Increasingly, however, administrative law has extended its reach to individuals. The entire society therefore now has opportunities to feel its hard edge.”
Via Powerline Blog Plagiarizing Trotksy quote about war's interest in YOU.
Now, I have not read the right wing professor's book. Like the Affordable Care Act, it's way too long to really mean anything. Until Sarah Palin is able to  come out with an abridged version in crayon, preferably on a postcard, I will likely not read it due to principle.

However, from my study of the wingnet, I think the premise of the book is this:
Step 1. A bunch of stuff happened in Great Britain in the 1600s.  Important people who were not Americans - let alone Real Americans did stuff.  Kings back then sucked and of course - FREEDOM.
Step 2. Fast forward about 250 years. Teddy Roosevelt oversees the creation of a bunch of regulations to keep folks from getting poisoned from an unsafe food supply. Other regulations follow to keep work places safe in order to reduce the number of widows and orphans being created.  People, in their wisdom, see that this works and ask for more of it.
Step 3. Fast Forward another 100 years. Every other law to keep folks from being poisoned whether its to keep the drinking water safe to drink or the air safe to breathe and the like is "Unlawful" whatever that means. Now there is tyranny and kings and shit again just like there was in the 1600s.
Step 4. Fast Forward into the future - you pick how long. The people finally achieve class-cultural-consciousness and rise up in revolution. They level the modern administrative state and re-order the social compact along the lines of Ayn Rand fan fiction.
Step 5. Shortly thereafter America, or parts of it, is annexed by Canada because as every neo-conservative knows, if you do not have a modern nation state but your neighbor(s) does - you are fucked.  That's Neoconservatism 101.
And so it goes.

Friday, September 12, 2014

From the annals of Political Correctness Run A muck

Now you can't even do this:
The University of St. Thomas ​has apologized after a catfight between mascot Tommie the Tomcat and the campus College Republicans following the large costumed feline’s antics regarding a local Republican candidate.

The College Republicans were manning a table on the St. Paul–Minneapolis campus with fellow student and local state house candidate Andrew Brown on Tuesday when Tommie wandered up to the table. The large costumed cat grabbed a piece of Brown’s material, and proceeded to wipe his rear with it before going on his merry way.
I imagine that this type of thing has been going on for years and most folks never bothered to think about the hurt feelings and emotion harm caused by what traditionally has been viewed as just fun and games.

But it is not just fun and games. Some find it offensive and hurtful.

On the other hand, editorials about "white superiority" and "Negro Inferiority" need "context" to appreciate their significance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Americans Still blame some guy named "Bush" for nation's economic problems

According to a stupid poll:
Five years into Obama's presidency, only a third of the public believes that Obama and the Democrats are primarily responsible for the country's current economic problems.

More Americans continue to blame former President Bush and the Republicans.  But the number who say the GOP is more responsible - now at 44% - has dipped below the 50% mark for the first time since Bush left the White House.  Fourteen percent blame both parties equally.

The CNN survey came on the eve of the release by the Labor Department of the January jobs report.
The 33% that blames President Obama for the Great Recession may arguably be the same group of people who kinda know that there was a President named "George W Bush", but like the Millard Filmore Administration and the Pierce Administration, just don't know a heckuva lot about him.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Maladjusted Wingnut Still Banging Out Global-Global Warming Conspiracy Theory

Via Powerline:
Science is a method, not a set of dogmas. The scientific method is pretty simple: you suggest a hypothesis, calculate what facts in the real world must be true if the hypothesis is correct, and then check the hypothesis against reality. If the hypothesis implies false propositions of fact, it is wrong. Case closed.

Climate alarmists stand the scientific method on its head. When their theories, as expressed in climate models, conflict with reality, they conclude that something must be wrong with reality. The heat that their models hypothesize must be “hiding” deep in the oceans, or whatever. This isn’t science: it is a combination of politics and religion. A proposition that cannot be falsified by experience is not a scientific proposition.
The models on which climate alarmists rely are simply wrong. Their predictions are false; they have been disproved by experience. By any normal scientific standard, global warming alarmism should be consigned to the rubbish heap.

In view of this fact, why are liberals still yammering about their failed global warming theory? That has to do with the “Finance” part of SEPP’s analysis. Follow the money. More on this tomorrow.
If the Climate Alarmists are just in it for the money, why haven't any or 'em flipped to the other side for more money?

Think about it.

If you are a climate scientist and want to cash in, which according to the wingnet all climate scientists want to do, why not flip to the other side for big cash?

Between Koch Industries and Foxnews, you'd be earning well over a Million Bucks a Year just for hanging out with Sean Hannity and the gang at Fox and Friends.  I can't think of a reason why at least one of 'em haven't turned on their co-conspirators other then that they'd have to hang out with Sean Hannity and the Gang at Fox and Friends. No "right" thinking person would want to do that, but cash is cash and if the only thing you have to do is to "tell the truth" about "the hoax" why not?

But none of 'em have flipped yet, so the global conspiracy grinds on just waiting for that one right-wing blog post that finally unravels the greatest hoax known to mankind. Until then, we wait and suffer through the bullshit.  If only we had those FEMA run camps.......

Friday, September 5, 2014

Angry NRO-bot Lists History's Worst-Meanest Movies EVER!!!!!

Since the dark period of history known as 2004, according to the NRO, the world has become basically all fucked-up and shit. Of course this is because 2004 is "the year that film culture split along moral and artistic lines" leading to lots of meanness and partisanship that spilled on the screen.

The following 20 films, according to the wingnet, have "effectively destroyed art, social unity, and spiritual confidence. They constitute a corrupt, carelessly politicized canon" and they are very offensive to boot.

Let's count down History's Monsters!!!

1) Good Night and Good Luck (2005) - It turns out that movies about standing up to Tailgunner Joe can be offensive to some delicate souls.
2) The Dark Knight (2008) — The Wingnet once proclaimed that this movie was about the Heroism of George Bush. When Batman saves the day and nobody thanks him - think Bush. Now the wingnet pronounces the movie as very BAD. This is probably because they no longer recall that a guy named Bush was once president.

3) Ocean’s Twelve (2004) — A "salute to the land of the greedy"
4) 12 Years a Slave (2013) You knew this one would be on the list - this is a National Review list.  This film offends the wingnet because it "distorted the history of slavery" presumably while neglecting Slave on Slave violence and today's democratic plantation.
5) Wall-E (2008) - It basically Messed Kids Up Bad, man, because of Nihilism.
6) Manderlay (2005) — Who? What? Why?
7) United 93 (2006) — The only ones who should have made $ off 9/11 are defense contractors.
8) Frost/Nixon (2008) — Just plain Mean
9) Knocked Up (2007) —"immature"
10) The Social Network (2010) — "glorified" some "technocrat"
11) Precious (2009) apparently this movie attempted to "revive racial condescension with the audacity of nope" whatever that means.
12) The Hangover (2009) - Basically its Really Fucking Stupid
13) Slumdog Millionaire (2008) — Showed "greed as an answer to systemic poverty."
14) A History of Violence (2005) — Its really bad because it is.
15) Inglourious Basterds (2009) — Really about "Abu Ghraib"
16) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) — Anti-American
17) Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) — Reminded NRO-bot of Same-sex marriage which sucks, big time.
18) Che (2008) — Movies about brutal commies are bad, which can be true if the movie leaves out the brutal part.
19) There Will Be Blood (2007) — It's "anti-Christian" and "weirdly misogynist"
20) Lincoln (2012) — Lincoln would have been a Tea Partier not a "limousine-liberal" deal with it Libertards

So there you go. Since 2004 these are as bad as it gets - leaving out only the Sarah Palin themed Masterwork "Game Change" which was also very mean.

I would suggest a far worse villain in this whole debate over effect popular culture has on society and that is none other than FOX/FOXNEWS.

Think about it. It produces some of the stupid shit that this NRO-bot hates all while hyping the backlash and outrage against the shit it produces.  Fox pumps out the trash into the culture and then Foxnews pumps up the outrage that Fox has on pop culture. Its playing both sides of the street.

So if you're a winger, Fox double teams you. First it pushes out shit that you hate into the popular culture and then the Foxnews raises your blood pressure by hyping how super-duper scary pop culture has become. You can't win.

You go out into the world and find that you don't fit in. It appears that the culture has gone to hell in a hand basket. You come home and the Foxnews tells you that it ain't you, buddy. Nope, you are OK - you are special. Its just everyone else that's messed up. You end up angry and afraid.  And if that was not enough, the Foxnews Execs, rolling in cash, laugh at you because you are such an easy mark.

But so it goes.

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET: No such thing as "Driving While Black"

Operation Outreach continues in full swing as the wingnet is reporting that the mysterious phenomenon known as Driving while Black which causes police officers to stop or follow african-american males for no apparent reason DOES NOT EXIST!!!
Everyone knows that blacks are pulled over more often than whites and Asians, proportionately, because they commit more moving violations. Numerous studies have shown this to be true. Black cops pull over more black drivers, just like white cops do. If that were grounds for a DOJ investigation, the Department should investigate every police department in the country.
In other words Driving While Black and presumably Shopping While Black and Walking While Black are just a Hoax like Global Warming....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET: Obamacare Continues to Befuddle Red America

Meanwhile Behind Enemy Lines, a member of the Conservagentsia tries to explain the health care delivery system in America to his fellow (but haplessly misinformed) travelers:
Given that I’ve probably published more articles critical of Obamacare than anyone alive, I’m often asked to speak to conservative audiences about our new health law. Last month, I was at the big grassroots confab of Americans for Prosperity, the Defending the American Dream Summit. I asked the packed house, “How many of you are on Medicare?” More than half the audience raised their hands. “Guess what?” I responded. “You’re all on single-payer health care.

The stunned looks on their faces reinforced one of the most important aspects of our present health care debate. While conservatives fret about the possibility that Obamacare may be a Trojan horse for single-payer government-run health care, we usually forget that more than 90 million Americans are already on single-payer health care: those who get coverage from Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Health Administration.  
Its not really their fault for not knowing about how health care works in America.  It is pretty complicated and ordinary folks need help to figure it out. Unfortunately they got the opposite of help.

If you want to blame anyone for these poor confused souls, blame the RINOs and Conservative Echo Chamber. You blame the RINOs because they gleefully whipped up a mob reaction to health insurance reform during the worst economic near-collapse since the great depression and rode the anger and fear for all it was worth. It was death panels for grandma, a government take over of 1/6 of the economy and the very end of freedom. The RINOs had great fun leading the mob (until it turned on them).

You blame the Foxnews because its mostly propaganda and can only be remotely described as "news."  You also blame the Conservagentsia for not standing athwart the crazy and yelling stop. Plenty of people can be blamed.

But so it goes.

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET: Fake Global Warming Denier now Pimping on the "Creationism" Front

That the Powerline Blog Fake Global Warming Denial Guy is helping out Evolutionary Theory Deniers is Hardly Surprising:
For our Seattle area readers (that would be you, Michael Sheldon, among others), mark your calendar for lunch on Monday, September 15.  I’ll be speaking for the Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership, a project of the Discovery Institute in honor of its founder, Bruce Chapman—an old pal and all around great guy.

Local talk radio host John Carlson—another old pal—will be the master of ceremonies, which guarantees we’ll have mucho fun.  I’ll be speaking on the topic “Was Ronald Reagan the Last Statesman? Reflections on the Challenge of Leadership in the 21st Century.”... The lunch—$50—is open to the public, and you can register here.
The Discovery Institute, of course, is famous for its attempts at getting intelligent design creationism taught in American schools which is basically fake creationism.  As in [paraphrasing]:
"We ain't saying that God did it, but rather that there sure is a lot of mumbo-jumbo out there (i.e., shit we made up) that seems to suggest that maybe someone like him did do it. So all we are really saying is that maybe something or someone else is responsible for life on earth. Nobody really can know for sure."
So one can imagine that the Buzz at the Chapman Center is juiced with the same kinda fake science that a Fake Global Warming Denier can groove on. Again [paraphrasing]
"I don't really want to debate the effect of carbon emissions and greenhouse theory (because I'd end up sounding like a fool), I just rather want to point out that there sure is a lot a shit out there posted on blogs that seems to suggest that something else is causing  climate change - if it is happening at all. How can anyone really know for sure. That's all I'm saying."
All of which only goes to show how incestuously small the gene pool within Right Wing Counter Culture actually is, because when you look at 'em you see that the demand for Clever Right Wing Hacks has outstripped the supply. I mean there is a demand for shills willing to fight against modernity and in defense of Privilege for the Privileged because there are Privileged Billionaires willing to shell out cash for 'em to do it. The problem is that there just ain't very many folks that are clever enough and soulless enough (or cray-cray enough) to do it while not coming off as carnival barkers.

So you got limited options.
Patron 1: The Fake Creationists are running a fund raiser. We need someone to prattle on endlessly about Reagan to get the rubes through the door. Who can help out?

Patron 2: I know the perfect guy. How about the Fake Global Warming Denial guy?

Patron 1
: Ya, man! That guy is always willing to help out the cause for a free lunch.

Patron 2
: Sign him up.
And so it goes. Don't hate the wingers - hate the game.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Romney Landslide Guy Links to Blog Post Written by another Romney Landslide Guy: "Sounds 'bout right" to him

Some folks got a good racket going on.  Take Micheal Barone, a 2010 Bradley Prize Recipient - a $250,000 wingnut welfare check issued for achievements in right-wing journalism, hackery or the like. 

Barone's wisdom and insight in 2011 had him predicting the end of Obamunism based upon the results of the 2010 election - failing to note the differences in the demographics between presidential year and mid-term electorate. This may have been what the type of folks who wrote those $250,000 checks want to hear, but it was, at its core, MALPRACTICE.

But that's the problem with the wingnut welfare - when you write what your patrons are dying to read, there is a good chance that you'll end up believing in the same bullshit that you are churning out. And once you get that far gone, there not much that can be done for you (FEMA administered programs excepted, of course). Anyway, Barone is still of need of professional help and there is no better way of showing it than by linking to another landslide prediction from the funniest Right Wing Professor on the Internets:
Paul Rahe, currently at Hillsdale College, is an eminent scholar whose many books combine awesome erudition and bedrock common sense. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association and attended that organization’s annual convention in Washington over Labor Day weekend.

He reports on ricochet.com on what he found there — or, rather, didn’t find. There were more than 1,000 panels on a vast variety of subjects —but nothing on the presidency of Barack Obama or the upcoming 2014 elections.

Some subjects, it appears, are better left unspoken of.
Yep. Dude needs help.

Teahadist Group Leader Taunts Eric Cantor

And the Madness just does not stop:
A national Tea Party group criticized former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for taking a job on Wall Street.

Kevin Broughton, spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots political action committee, Citizens Fund, took a jab at Cantor, who lost a Republican primary in June, for his new job at New York investment bank Moelis & Company.

“After Dave Brat’s upset victory in June, many analysts accused Eric Cantor of paying more attention to Wall Street than to the people of Virginia’s 7th District,” Broughton said. “He certainly didn’t waste any time validating that theory.”

Cantor’s Wall Street ties were the subject of criticism among Tea Party lawmakers in the House, who complained he was working more on behalf of banks and big business than for ordinary constituents.
This is the kinda bullshit that happens when you appease them instead of telling 'em to STFU, take a bath and to remember their place.  They become "emboldened" and greedy for more.

Yep, Cantor F'd up big time. That's the bad news. The good news is that he gets to cash in playing on the Wall Street K-Street Axis while sticking it to the Teahadists at the same time.
"Hey Tea Party! I hear you don't like crony capitalism. Watch me make it rain bitchez!!!"
And so it goes.

Battleship Missouri Moment: RINOs surrender TN CD-4; Tea Party Triumphant!

Well, it looks like the Worst Guy in Congress has prevailed against all odds in the GOP primary in Tennessee.  Instead of asking for a recount in a race decided by just 37 votes, word hit the internets that RINOs have officially thrown in the towel.

It has to be disappointing - to lose to DeJarlais, aka the worst guy in Congress, but sometimes "the better man" wins and sometimes the douche bag wins. C'est La Vie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Romney Landslide and Tea Party Realignment Guy Sees Pending GOP Wave Election

Landslide, My Friends, Landslide. Say it loud and its like music playin', say it soft and its just like praying

According to the wingnet or Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe, the American Political Science Association recently finished its annual shindig and the Obama Administration hardly appeared on the program. Or that is what he writes anyway - because how do you really know unless you are (1) there at the meeting and (2) somehow able to attend the "thousands of panels" simultaneously.

But these are details that really don't matter.  What does matter is that Rahe is back on his re-alignment - landslide kick. According to Rahe, America has been teetering precariously on the edge of a Tea Party Revolution since 2009. Its a counter-revolution that is just waiting to happen and this Political Science Shindig is just another sign of the coming glorious counter-revolution
The fact that there was nothing on the program of this year’s APSA pertaining to the Obama administration is a sign that there is nothing good to say on the subject, nothing to celebrate, and nothing to take pride in. Left with no recourse, the academy turns silent.

It was eerie. It was as if there has been no Obama presidency. If I am right in my analysis, the complete absence of panels assessing Obama’s record is an indication that the academy now regards Obama as an indefensible embarrassment. This, in turn, may well be a sign that we are in for a wave election in November. What cannot be defended is apt to be jettisoned.
Broken. Watch. Predictable.

There is one thing Rahe did not address about the Political Science shindig is whether there was a panel or series of panels addressing the issue that Rahe says is the "greatest political threat" to America. That would be the no-fault divorce.  It would only figure that the losers running the political science meeting would ban this topic, as well.They are nothing, if not predictable.

But hey, it ain't easy to be the funniest right wing professor on the internets. It takes work, persistence and supreme dedication to the craft. Only then do you earn the title.

Friday, August 29, 2014

RINO: GOP Presidential field suffers from "huge" RINO-shortage

The answer to the RINO-Shortgage? President Bush's Numbers Guy:
Jeb Bush is probably not running. Neither is Mitt Romney. Chris Christie is trying to hard to recover from Bridge-gate but that doesn’t seem likely.

That means there is a huge gap in the Republican field: The responsible one.

Rob Portman, the senator from Ohio, fills that gap quite nicely. And according to news reports, he is thinking about it very seriously.

Mr. Portman would be the anti-Obama. He has deep experience in both the legislative and executive branches, where President Barack Obama had none. He has a long record of bipartisanship, where Mr. Obama has been one of the most polarizing presidents in history.

Mr. Obama is long on charisma and short on actual substance. With Mr. Portman, it’s vice versa.

I think the American people have overdosed on charisma. It’s time for a president who knows what he is doing from Day One.

And that would be Rob Portman.

There has been plenty of talk about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and other tea party pretenders to the throne.

Isn’t it time that we start talking about a candidate who will represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party?
The problem is simply that there may not be a "Republican Wing" of the Republican Party much longer.  Before too long, you'll have to go to a zoo just to see one. You see, they really can't compete in the struggle for existence against their more aggressive and highly territorial rivals - The Teahadist and the Evangelical.

There once was a time when the Northern RINO roamed free. It was a noble beast that helped to pass Clean Air and Clean Water Laws, Civil Rights and Voting Rights Laws as well as social welfare programs that offered folks a hand up when they were down. They were the type of folks who loved their country more than they hated their opponents.

Them days are gone and many in the GOP are happy to turn the page and forget their party's past. Purity and Principle and Rule or Ruin is the order of the day now. But there was a time when the Northern RINO roamed free.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wingnut Resurrects 47% Meme

Via Powerline Blog:
Barack Obama really is a Teflon president: for close to half of Americans, the facts bounce off him. Because they really don’t care about the facts; either that or they are cashing government checks and are indifferent to anything else. This does not bode well for our democracy.
When everyone you know voted for Romney and the Foxnews programs you watched and all the blog posts you read agreed that Obama was the worst president in history, coming to grips with the President's re-election can be quite challenging, naturally.  You start blaming everyone but yourself for your confusion and anger. The voters are stupid. The voters don't care about facts i.e., wingnut mythology. The 47% are just in it for the handouts, etc.  It's not your fault that more people don't understand what is really happening, i.e., wingnut mythology.

It is sad. So sad.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GOP hires $500/hr Ambulance Chaser to sue "Tyrant" Obama

In meanwhile in America, the fella' working at the Walmart makes $7.25/hr:
House Republicans revealed Monday they will pay an outside law firm $500 an hour to pursue their lawsuit against President Barack Obama...to make the legal case that Mr. Obama overstepped his legal authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act. ...

The contract signed and released by Rep. Candice Miller (R., Mich.), who chairs the Committee on House Administration, calls for the law firm to be paid $500 an hour in attorney’s fees while litigating the case. It also sets a hard cap of $350,000 for the total that can be paid to the law firm during the contract, which runs until the next Congress takes over in 2015.
Not a bad three months work - $350,000. This is true.

But the real victim here is not the ordinary workin' fella' who is helping to foot the bill for this tom foolery and its certainly not truth and decency either. Truth and decency have no place in the Mad House known as the House of Representatives. This is true. Everyone knows this - especially Speaker Boehner, bless his heart. 

The real tragedy here is the marginal tax rate that someone like this Ambulance Chaser is likely to pay on the hard earned fruits of his labor. This is true.

Who will speak for him?  But the sad truth is that nobody will speak for him. He's history's forgotten man.